Not long ago I wrote an article presenting Christian blogs accepting guest posts. The post has turned quite popular and since then I have received quite a lot of emails from people who want to submit their guest posts to our Business and Faith blog. The sad is though that 90% of these emails are from spam guest post bloggers, and in such cases I do not even mind answering their emails.
If you keep on reading I will tell you some of the ways in which you can easily recognize a spam guest post blogger and differ them from real bloggers who are following your blog and who want to bless you and your readers with high quality content, not only from a selfish point of view, but with a real goal of blessing and providing high quality information to your readers.
Six ways to recognize a spam guest post bloggers
Most bloggers accepting guest posts have a list showing requirements to those interested in submitting guest posts. Spam guest posters, or hidden SEO company guest posters, do not have time to read all of these, and much less time to read posts in your blog. You will recognize them at once as they write an email, because they have not read your requirements, and thus they are not really interested in you and your readers, only in good backlinks to their own blogs or sites they work with.
Take a closer look at the email you just received. Have they written a general email where the name of your blog is highlighted, but everything else is a super general text which could be sent to hundreds of others as well. If the answer is yes, there is a big chance that a spam guest post blogger have contacted you.
Are the person contacting you actually sending you a guest post explicitly written for your blog, or are they sending you a text that doesn’t even fit into the vision and context of your blog? Are they referring to the profile of your blog in any sort of way in the guest post, or is it as general as could be? A guest post does not need to refer and deal with content already written in your blog, but it should at least fit into the vision and profile.
Lots of requests from hidden SEO companies do not contain a guest post at all. They say that they would love to help you, and all you need to do is to tell them a subject and they will create an article for you in that way. Be aware… this is yet another sign that a spam blogger might be around you.
People want to write guest posts to spread the word about their own blogs as well, thus creating high quality backlinks. Have you checked the address the guest blogger want you to link to? Are they totally off-topic compared to the profile of your own blog, or are they sharing the same type of content? If you accept guest posts linking to bad quality sites, suspect sites or similar content, it might not only hurt the sites you link to, but your own as well.
Is the guest poster active on social networks? Are they following your blog and have you had any sort of contact with them before they submitted the guest post? Most people who follow your blog will write comment, follow you on Google+, Facebook and Twitter… but spam guest bloggers will only send you an email without any personality and you will not recognize their names, because they have never been to your blog before and will never return again.
These are just some of the ways in which you can recognize spam guest bloggers coming your way. If you disagree, or if you have other ways of recognizing spam guest bloggers, please write a comment and share your thoughts.