Guest Blogging Leads To Unnatural Links Detected Message?!

March 24  |  Link Building  |   Ryan Clark

While I haven’t seen many reports for guest blogging leading to an unnatural links penalty/warning from Google, this is an interesting topic to keep an eye on. I know this topic is going to freak you out a little but let’s take a look at this bloke’s case and feel out what might be the problem if it is even guest blog links. I’m a huge fan of guest blogging so I’d be pretty choked it this were an issue now, but I suspect a couple of other things in play here. I found this thread while doing my daily forum browsing;

I went from 1k Google visitors per day to 200. I then went back up to about 400 and now I’ve tanked again to 250ish.

I figured Google was punishing me for something so I submitted a reconsideration request.

I recently received an email from G stating that:

“We’ve reviewed your site and we still see links to your site that violate our quality guidelines.Specifically, look for possibly artificial or unnatural links pointing to your site that could be intended to manipulate PageRank. Examples of unnatural linking could include buying links to pass PageRank or participating in link schemes.”

The thing is, I’ve never paid for a single backlink and 90% of my link building is by submitting guest posts to high quality blogs in my market. With each guest post I include an author resource box. Does Google recognize that this resource box is included with lots of my backlinks and see it as unnatural link building? How can I lift this penalty without individually contacting over 50 bloggers who host my content with a backlink? And if guest posting is no longer a viable link building strategy, then WHAT IS?

Veeerrrryyy interrreeesssting! Now we don’t know if that warrior was engaged in other link building practices, but usually most people are. If you’re buying services from affiliate marketing forums, they’re more than likely on the grey/black side of things and can lead to trouble…although everything seems to lead to trouble these days. So while the thread is young, I’ve piped in with my 2 cents and we’ll see what comes of it if anything.

What Am I Thinking?

Well lately there is a lot of guest blogging going on, and sadly I’m seeing a lot more low quality stuff taking place. Remember to take what I say with a grain of salt, I don’t claim to know all and I’m just here to get the discussion going. So if it were possible to get an unnatural links penalty for guest blogging what factors come to your mind first that might trip the filter? Think about this for a minute here and then continue reading on……

Anchor text manipulation come to mind? I imagine if you’re gaming nothing but the same anchor text over and over that’s still going to be considered trying to manipulate the SERPs. We here at Linkbuildr are a huge proponent of NOT bothering to give two shits about anchor text anymore, and more so go after site/brand anchors or whatever isn’t trying to manipulate your ranking for one or two keywords. Keeping your rankings in the long run is all about building trust folks.

Another factor to consider when attracting links…ok well not consider but actual friggin do is link diversity! Relying on the same type of links is not a smart move and really will make your profile stick out like a sore thumb. So that’s all I really have to say and if you’ve had a problem with guest blog links I’d love to hear about it in the comments so don’t be shy now.

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9 Responses to Guest Blogging Leads To Unnatural Links Detected Message?!

  1. Rob Duckers says:

    I’m not too surprised at this. BMR posts aren’t too dissimilar to guest posts, especially, as you mention, with overuse of anchor text. It’d be good to see the anchor text profile for that person’s website….

  2. John Doherty says:

    He says “submitted guest posts”, which to me rings of low quality articles, not high quality guest posts that many of us go after.

  3. Linkbuildr says:

    That’s what I thinking as well…it is WF after all. I’m such a negative nancy :)

  4. Matt says:

    I agree with John. I’ve never seen this happen if you guest post on legitimate sites.  Sounds like BMR/another blog network.

  5. Cleo Kirkland says:

    Anchortext manipulation and blog network penalties make sense, especially if the penalty was recent. However, what about a penalty based on their link acquisition rate? Has anyone seen penalties for sites that built up thousands of decent links one month, only to sputter with 2 or 3 the next months? Not talking new sites, but maybe older sites who’ve clearly hired a link building company and then quit the next month. Just curious.

  6. Marc says:

    I wouldn’t be too quick to write it off as low quality guest posting.

    If it’s with the intent of link building or building rank, then it is at it’s very core, breaking google’s guidelines.

    I do not agree with it, but it is as it is.

    Otherwise why not no-follow it if its for branding?

    That would be Google’s line.

  7. I agree with John, on second thought he also mention that the blog sites he submitted to are of high quality and that makes me wonder if his articles are really that low quality, right?

  8. Climax Media says:

    We’ve seen quite the opposite. A few solid guest posts on credible, related communities (such as Linkbuildr) and our traffic and PR has increased. PR3 to PR5 and 1000 visitors per month increase from SERP improvements.

    Now this didn’t happen because of guest posting alone, but the credible links, interaction and social sharing are always a direct result of it.

    That’s where the party’s at :)

  9. There is a massive difference from posting blog posts through BMR and posting quality articles on relevant industry authority blogs. The latter option still has LOTS of value behind it.

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