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I disagree with this stance. I'm happy when I discover a gem in the rubble. This tactic is over a decade old online (and much older in print), but just happens to be louder lately. If anything is bad for the industry it's the thin sites that post the rubble, not the good sites that post the gems.
i see both sides - i wouldn't want to dismiss anyone.. mike king and john doherty took a chance on me last year when I approached them for guest posts..
but yeah, i had someone contact me about placing a post on the skyrocket blog and i came at them straight as to why they chose skyrocket specifically.. and i didn't like the reply. Bill, I guested on your blog, and I really appreciate and hope it added value to your readers. i hope that's where guest posters are coming from; because, guest posting is a lot more than a link in my opinion.. but that' up for debate.
from an editor's point of view, it's great to go out and recruit recognizable talent, but i do agree with Sebald's sentiment of missing opportunities to facilitate new or different voices.
I had posted on their blog (they didn't approve it) that I wouldn't throw the baby out with the bathwater. As far as cliche's go, I'm sticking with that one.
"I'm with you fellas." - Delmar
I don't mind someone not allowing guest posts on their site. That is definitely their choice. I just don't agree with the reasoning in this instance. Bas could just as easily say 'due to so many link requests, I am no longer linking out to external websites.'
Link out if it makes your posts better. Allow guest posts if they make your site better. There you go.
Hi, just getting into this discussion. I'd like to add something to clarify my post (I am the writer).
First things first however. Bill Sebald, you mentioned a non-approved comment? Is that on State of Search, because I am not seeing that.
One thing I am not doing is not looking at young talent anymore. I think State of Search is the living proof of how talent does get a chance to blog. If you read the post you will notice a couple of things:
I am not saying "no" to guest posts period, I am saying "no" to guest post requests. The trend at the moment is too many guest posts going around which are just aimed at getting your profile out or getting the link. It is not JUST about the link anymore (Anthony), it is also about authorship and much more.
I will still be putting up guest posts, but with a specific aim, not because someone asks, but because I believe for example the person is talented. I am all for talent development, anyone who knows me will acknowledge that. And I believe this way will actually benefit new talent. You will be seeing new talent coming onto the site soon. Just like you could have seen new talent coming in the past years. Each blogger on State of Search started out with a relatively low profile (few exceptions) and we helped them create a profile.
The most important message here is not 'do not guest post', it is 'think about who gets to write'. Keeping things open for guest post requests would mean going with a trend which is making that content quality is going down (in general). I want to go for the quality. And that is WITH new talent, because they will ALWAYS have a chance with me. Just with a different approach.
Hey Bas- Glad to have you join the discussion.
What I was trying to show in my example was how years ago, people were mostly inundated with link requests. I felt like your stance (too many bad requests) and the effect (no longer doing it) were similar, whether we are talking about linking out or guest posting.
Essentially, you're still going to allow guest posts but only from people you reach out to. When I read your post, I thought that policy was already in effect from the highlighted blurb on your About page. Perhaps, that is a new addition that was just added to your about page along with the creation of this post.
I think my confusion/disagreement comes from your headline stating "Why We Are Not Accepting Guest Posts," while a more accurate title for this post may have been "Think About Who Gets to Write on Your Site." Perhaps it is the lack of the word "Pitches" in the entire post, which is what you are really not accepting.
Cheers to a discussion starting post.
yes, I agree the title could make for a misunderstanding. As well as the line on the about page. That was there for the e-mails I was getting (which didn't make a difference btw). But last week at BrightonSEO I was also (again) targeted in person by people I didn't know who were almost 'throwing' guest posts in my face. That combined with some developments I am seeing in the market made me decide today I would close it all together for requests, friends or no friends.
It is similar to how link requests were made and the stance people made indeed. But I do feel there is more to this.
Marketers (whether its inside or outside search) are too easily embracing tactics, without properly thinking about the consequences. Now guest posting is the new hype. Yes, I could have just written that: think about it, but my experience is that making a stance like this has more impact and makes people think more. That's what I hope will happen.
And you know what :). To be honest, I don't think guest posting is the solution tactic for many businesses. Reaching out to those who are influential is much more valuable. But that is a different discussion :)
can i has guest post with link, thank you
No guest posts on State of Search, unless you are one of their bloggers. Then you can post PR articles for companies thinly veiled as 'interviews.'
Show me one David.
Prefer to email directly if possible?
webmaster @ stateofsearch will get it to me :)