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体育平台app Web Design  /  体育平台app  /  Should Google not trust links in all guest blog posts?

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John Mueller, a Google senior webmaster trends analyst who has been with the company for almost 13 years now, recently said [1] on Twitter that links within guest blog posts or contributed content should be nofollowed [2] . This is not necessarily new messaging from Google but whenever Google talks about guest posts, it seems the 体育平台app world wakes up to a lively debate.

Google’s recent statement. Here is what Mueller recently said [3] on Twitter about links in guest blog posts: “The part that’s problematic is the links — if you’re providing the content/the links, then those links shouldn’t be passing signals & should have the rel-sponsored / rel-nofollow attached. It’s fine to see it as a way of reaching a broader audience.”

Here are those tweets within context:

The part that’s problematic is the links — if you’re providing the content/the links, then those links shouldn’t be passing signals & should have the rel-sponsored / rel-nofollow attached. It’s fine to see it as a way of reaching a broader audience.

— 🍌 John 🍌 (@JohnMu) June 11, 2020 [4]

He then was questioned about this and said [5] two days later on Twitter, “Essentially if the link is within the guest post, it should be nofollow, even if it’s a “natural” link you’re adding there.”

Not new. This is something Google has said before. We recently touched on some of the history around guest blogging when SEMRush got into some hot water [6] over a new service they discontinued. Google said,  “Guest blogging is done” [7] in 2014 after  numerous [8]   warnings [9]  to 体育平台app s and site owners about  using [10]  guest posts as a link building tactic.

Way back in 2013, Mueller said to nofollow links in guest blog posts [11] . But some may argue that only large scale guest blogging for links [12] is against Google’s guidelines. Maybe? But Google clearly has said, place nofollow link attributes on all guest blog post links, period.

A penalty coming? Nah, Mueller also said in that tweet [13] quoted above “FWIW none of this is new, and I’m not aware of any plans to ramp up manual reviews of this. We catch most of these algorithmically anyway.”

Google can and does ignore these links algorithmically. So guest blogging for links is probably not very effective. In another recent tweet from Mueller on this he noted that because the practice has been in place for so long, Google’s algorithms “have a lot of training data” so it’s likely “the largest part of those links are just ignored automatically.”

The other thing is that because this is so old, we have a lot of training data for our algorithms. I wouldn’t be surprised if the largest part of those links are just ignored automatically. If all that work is for ignored links, why not just do something useful instead?

— 🍌 John 🍌 (@JohnMu) June 14, 2020 [14]

Should Google not trust these links? Some in the 体育平台app space feel Google is wrong about this policy. Some say that Google should trust links in guest blog posts. Rand Fishkin of SparkToro said [15] on Twitter, “Strongly disagree w/ this Google rep’s take,” adding, “Really? All contributions to a publication not by an author employed there should have links ‘nofollowed?’ C’mon. Most publications ignore this. They trust & endorse contributors or they wouldn’t publish ’em.”

Strongly disagree w/ this Google rep’s take ( https://t.co/5yQzUeRbAg [16] ). Really? All contributions to a publication not by an author employed there should have links “nofollowed?” C’mon.

Most publications ignore this. They trust & endorse contributors or they wouldn’t publish ’em.

— Rand Fishkin (@randfish) June 15, 2020 [17]

Does Google even know what is a guest post and what is not? That is what Will Critchlow of Search Pilot and Brainlabs asked [18] on Twitter. He said, “It’s also ridiculous because there is literally no way to tell from the outside whether a writer is an employee, a contractor, a freelancer, or a contributor (e.g. my status when I write for Moz.”

As a matter of note; we nofollow links from our contributors here on Search Engine Land. In fact, even the links on my bio are nofollowed, and I am a daily writer here at Search Engine Land.

But it works. Many 体育平台app s say that links in guest blog posts still work. It still works in that Google still somehow counts those links and they help you rank better in Google. Of course, it is almost impossible to test this to be true, since there are so many variables when it comes to ranking in Google search. But some believe it works.

A fun Twitter poll conducted by Dan Petrovic showed that many 体育平台app s still do guest blogging with the sole intent of link building.

Why we care. Sadly, when Matt Cutts in 2014 that guest blogging is done [19] , stick a fork in it, it was done. Meaning, Google probably took a firm stance then that it cannot trust links in guest blog posts. So it used both manual and algorithmic methods to not trust those links anymore.

We, as 体育平台app s, tend to find something that works to help our sites rank better. We then push it to the limits where it becomes so overused that it no longer works or Google has to take action because it is being manipulated.

It is not just Google. Yandex for a period of time ignored all links [20] related to commercial queries because they were overly manipulated. It didn’t end [21] up resulting in 体育平台app s stopping building links, so they dealt with it other ways anyway.

It seems that guest blogging for links is not a good strategy for 体育平台app . If you do it for traffic and brand building, go for it. But don’t be upset or discouraged if those links are nofollowed by the publisher, Google is probably already ignoring those links anyway.


About The Author

Barry Schwartz a Contributing Editor to Search Engine Land and a member of the programming team for SMX events. He owns RustyBrick [22] , a NY based web consulting firm. He also runs Search Engine Roundtable [23] , a popular search blog on very advanced SEM topics. Barry’s personal blog is named Cartoon Barry [24] and he can be followed on Twitter here.

References

  1. ^ recently said (twitter.com)
  2. ^ nofollowed (searchengineland.com)
  3. ^ recently said (twitter.com)
  4. ^ June 11, 2020 (twitter.com)
  5. ^ said (twitter.com)
  6. ^ SEMRush got into some hot water (searchengineland.com)
  7. ^ “Guest blogging is done” (searchengineland.com)
  8. ^ numerous (searchengineland.com)
  9. ^ warnings (searchengineland.com)
  10. ^ using (searchengineland.com)
  11. ^ nofollow links in guest blog posts (searchengineland.com)
  12. ^ large scale guest blogging for links (searchengineland.com)
  13. ^ that tweet (twitter.com)
  14. ^ June 14, 2020 (twitter.com)
  15. ^ said (twitter.com)
  16. ^ https://t.co/5yQzUeRbAg (t.co)
  17. ^ June 15, 2020 (twitter.com)
  18. ^ asked (twitter.com)
  19. ^ guest blogging is done (searchengineland.com)
  20. ^ ignored all links (searchengineland.com)
  21. ^ didn’t end (searchengineland.com)
  22. ^ RustyBrick (www.rustybrick.com)
  23. ^ Search Engine Roundtable (www.seroundtable.com)
  24. ^ Cartoon Barry (www.barryschwartz.org)

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