Guest posts are great source of content to a blog and I have accepted quite a good number of guest posts on Netmediablog in the past, but recent experiences have made me reconsider accepting guest posts. Every webmaster knows the importance of contents but then there should be a mutual understanding between guest authors and webmasters for this to work.
Guest authors see guest posting as a great source of traffic and an awesome backlink strategy and this has made so many of them selfish. Most of them only care about their backlinks and nothing else matters. Adding content to a site is not enough to earn one a backlink, of course I write my own contents always but it won’t be fair to accept a guest post from an author who does nothing to promote his own content, some won’t even share the content you published for them on their own social network, some won’t even fill up their author’s bio properly. All they care about is backlink, backlink, backlink.
It’s no news to hear that some webmasters are shutting down their guest posting policy; others are making it much more difficult to accept guest posts to combat spam. This may be as a result of Matt Cutt’s response to a question concerning guest posting in one of his video series when he was asked “Is Google going to hammer websites for links acquired by guest blogging?” Matt explained that Google is preparing to move against sites that feature guest posts with poor content and links.
I receive an average of 10 guest posts every week and I only publish a handful of them as a result of low content quality and links, most of such guest posts don’t even pass my plagiarism tests. This is my first reason for considering shutting down guest posting on Netmediablog soon.
Another reason why I want to stop accepting guest posts is the attitude of guest bloggers, most of them see guest posting as their right of gaining a dofollow backlink, I have always explained that my out -going links are nofollow, but most times after publishing their content they will come back demanding a dofollow link going against our earlier agreement. I am stating it once more here out-going links on my guest posts are nofollow but if you are really interested in acquiring a dofollow link, of course I use a CommentLuv premium plugin, share the posts on the social networks and gain a dofollow link.
The reluctance of some guest bloggers to promote their guest posts on the various social networks they belong is appalling. How can you publish post for someone who wouldn’t take some minutest to promote the post? Is this not selfishness? What is the essence of publishing a post you won’t help to rank in the search engines? I am definitely going to review the conditions I have on my guest post page to include a compulsory share/promotion of any guest post published on my blog.
Comment management is yet another reason why I am considering stopping accepting guest posts on Netmediablog. Some guest bloggers do not reply to comments after publication, it is not fair to publish an article without following it up, you have to stick around for some days to respond to comments made on the post. You should promote the post so it will rank and you will immensely benefit from it as well. I will not accept any guest posts from any author who will not stick around to respond to comments made on his post after publication.
Google is taking authorship very seriously but some guest author’s are not. You know a serious guest author from his author bio, I have noticed that if any serious guest author wants to be identified with his content, he will quickly fill up the author bio and place his Google+ link so Google can associate him with such posts, but most do not worry about this, even when they fill their author bio they don’t bother about adding their Google+ profile link to be identified with their post. Even if I am going to accept any more guest posts, the author bio must be completely filled including the author’s Google+ profile link.
So from today if you are really interested to publish a guest post on my blog, you must show some seriousness in promoting your posts after it has been published and of course i will only accept guest posts with quality content and links. Stop mailing me asking me to publish your rubbish contents even after i have told you i won’t. This blog represents quality and will only publish quality contents, i am more interested in adding value to my blog and providing my readers with quality content than giving you a backlink.