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.
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.