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Could Guest Posting Be Dead?

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Could Guest Posting Be Dead?
Guest posting has long been a killer way to get links, but is it dead?  It’s no secret that the number one way online to get to page one of Google is to get links and lots of them.  Many SEO’s have been frantically submitting guest posts to 100’s of sites in hopes to boost their clients SEO with good links.  But are those links valuable?  We’re going to take a deep dive into guest posting with some expert advice from Matt Cutts of Google today.
Matt Cutts put together a video today where he addressed guest posting as a way of getting links.  AJ Kohn asked Matt, “What is Google’s view on guest blogging for links?”  Matt Cutts put together the following video to answer that question:

 

So, to answer the question … No, guest posting is not dead for most people. Matt outlines some very simple principles of guest posting that I think everyone out there should pay attention to.

  1. Spinning articles for guest posting will not help. It’s just like and article farm—no rankings—and sometimes negative rankings for this.
  2. Writing crappy articles will not help.
  3. Writing short articles of 200, 300, and 400 words will not help as much. The longer the better.
  4. Having no Google Authorship will not help as much, you need to be known a little better.
  5. Quality—it all comes down to quality. Make sure you’re putting time and effort into your posts.

Don’t take anything to extremes is one of my favorite quotes from the video above.

Don’t take anything to extremes is one of my favorite quotes from the video above.  There are a lot of people that outsource their article writing to low quality writers and take credit.  They simply outsource and post up the articles.  This is a no no.  Make sure that you’re putting together or getting real quality in your articles.

He recommends that you write the articles yourself.  If you can’t write them yourself make sure that you pay good money to have them written.  Some of the top places I’ve used to get real quality articles is Blogging.orgTextbroker, and Writer Access though I prefer to write all my articles personally!

Over the past 2 years I have had a very aggressive guest posting strategy for a couple of my projects that has worked very well. I have worked with some of the top sites in many industries to guest post on their sites. These are all top quality posts that bring real value to each and every person reading them.

Not all the blog posts are 100 percent unique and something new, but every post has something unique to me and my experience. All of my posts tend to be 600+ words, bringing real value to the reader. That’s what Google is looking for—quality and real value to the reader.

From this video you can tell that Google does love guest posting, they just want the crappy stuff gone. Stop trying to cut corners and put up spun posts. They aren’t going to help your site and I would imagine that Google is going to start really penalizing sites that do spin articles. Put up good quality guest post on other sites and Google will reward you for them.

Want to know if your article is good enough for Google?

Here’s a great way to know if it will pass the Google test. If you can send that article to your best friend in the industry and he learns something from it, I’m pretty sure Google and Matt Cutts will both agree that it’s a good article. Pretty simple test, but will all your guest posting articles pass this test?

This is just another example that Google is upping the SEO game. We, as SEOs, need to be constantly working hard to put out only the best for our clients. Gone are the days where we can put out really crappy information for links. Gone are the days where we can buy 2,000 article submissions for $100. The days are here where we need to step up our game and do as Wil Reynolds said at Mozcon this year: “Real Company Shit” Time to step up our game boys and girls!

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John Rampton

John Rampton

Founder at JohnRampton.com

John Rampton is an entrepreneur, full-time computer nerd, and PPC expert. Founder at payments company Due.com. I enjoy helping people ... [Read full bio]

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