Guest Posting and SEO

| January 31, 2014

Matt Cutts, head of Google’s web spam team, recently published a post that may help reduce my inbox spam. He advises bloggers to stop writing guest posts for SEO purposes  (key words here…SEO purposes).

The practice of guest blogging has become so distorted that there are companies offering to provide “100% original” guest posts for the mere cost of a backlink. I’m sure many of you have received several spam emails from such marketing companies.

All I can say is, “Thank you Matt Cutts.” Hopefully this will help to cut down on my email spam.

My Take on Guest PostingGuest Posting

As a rule of thumb, I do not accept guest posts. Having said that, I’m guilty of having a few guest posts on NJFM. These posts are from people I could vouch for. As a matter of fact, the majority of my guest posts were made because I asked the guest to write the post in order to share valuable information with my readers.

Another rule of thumb for me is I do not write guest posts. I’ve written one or two in the past, but as a habit, it’s not something I generally do.

Reasons for Blogging

I blog mainly because I like to write. I also blog because it’s the best filing system I’ve come across. I can always find something I’ve written on one of my blogs. I can’t say the same about files on my hard drive. In other words, I blog for selfish reasons (I know some of you really understand where I’m coming from here). Why would I want to add posts written by some unknown marketing service and provide a link back to a site that I’m not interested in?

While we’re on the topic of spam, I’m happy to report that the number of spam comments on NJFM have declined drastically since installing the External Links Plugin. I think the few spammers still targeting NJFM haven’t gotten the memo yet that this is a no follow blog. Hopefully they’ll check their inbox, read the memo and realize they’re wasting their time here.

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Felicia A. Williams is a freelance writer and blogger. She spends the majority of her time with her family and writing. If she's not writing or commenting on NJFM, she's either outside smelling the roses or writing articles for one of her other sites.

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  1. Joni says:

    I look forward to your schedule spreadsheet. You always have the best ideas. An unorganized person such as myself can certainly use assistance.
    Take care,
    Joni

  2. Hello Felicia. I like your reasons for blogging, which pretty much mimic my own. I understand why you would not accept guest bloggers, but I’m unclear about why you would not be a guest blogger when you have so much wisdom to share, especially for new bloggers. When I began blogging five years ago, I was referred to your NJFM site by a friend. Not only did I learn so much from you, I’ve been a loyal follower/friend ever since. Have you thought about setting up a NJFM Facebook page?
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    • Felicia says:

      Loretta, in order to properly answer your question, I’ve got to admit to some of my oddities. I love writing, but the minute I have to write for someone else it becomes a job.

      If the stars are properly aligned and I’m really knee deep in my flow, then I can spit out guest posts on the topic of my current passion without it feeling like a job. If, however, someone comes to me and asks me to write a guest post on a particular topic (one that I may be well versed in), it starts feeling jobish to me.

      I’ve tried for years to overcome this particular oddity in my personality, but I haven’t been successful. Instead I’ve decided to embrace it and work with it.

      As far as a Facebook page goes, there is a No Job for Mom Facebook page floating around somewhere. Again, I tried to overcome another oddity by trying to become an online social being. That was an epic fail. It’s not in me so I’ve decided not to force it. Blogging here at NJFM and the occasional comments (and I mean occasional) I leave on a few blogs is about as social as I get.

      OK, there are a few folks that I talk to outside of NJFM (as you know), but I’m really not an extremely social being. I’m probably the classic introvert.

      In addition to my personality quirks, I’ve created a very busy writing schedule for myself (I’ll write a post in the near future sharing my idea capture spreadsheet). When you have my job-aversion-itis condition, you’ve got to put in a lot of work in order to bring in the dough and too much socializing takes my focus away from my goals.

      There you have it, my oddities are out in the open. 😉