If you have been following my blog, and have read my two latest blog posts, then you would have seen where I mentioned about guest blogging.
You may be wondering, “why has he stopped accepting guest posts?” Well there are a number of factors why I have decided to write for my own blog and stopped publishing guest posts.
This article will help you to understand why I have stopped accepting guest posts for a few months and may also give you reasons why you shouldn’t accept certain guest posts as well.
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Many new bloggers dream is to create a multi-author blog so that they can have tons of writers submitting and publishing contents on their blog so that others can have something to read.
When you have been successful in creating a multi-author blog then you have accomplished one of the greatest benefits that comes with blogging. Having a blog with guest bloggers submitting their own contents can be great. You have more time on your hand to become a better writer, you can now do guest posting as well, you don’t have to reply to the comments left on those articles because guest bloggers can do this for their submitted post, you have time to tweak your blog to make it better and the list goes on.
Here are my 5 reasons why I have stopped accepting guest bloggers for now:
- Low Quality Guest Posts
This is my number one reason for not accepting anymore guest posts for the next couple of months.
I keep on getting tons of low quality articles to publish. If you want your guest posts accepted on almost any blog then you have to make sure that you write great top quality posts. I notice that most new bloggers want to keep the great stuff for their blog and post trash on other blogs. Not on my blog they will.
If you publish high quality blog posts at all times then you are sure to have great success where blogging is concerned.Another thing is that the type of articles they want to post is not related to my niche. Articles are sometimes less than 500 words.
- Guest Posts Aren’t SEO Ready
Search engine optimization plays a very big part in getting search engine traffic. I often talk about SEO and how it can generate targeted traffic from search engines.
When I get guest posts, sometimes I have to spend countless hours editing and fine tuning these articles, and try to polish them so they can get read. Guest bloggers on your blog is suppose to add a few extra time on your hand, but some of the ones on my blog are adding to it.If articles are not optimized for search engines then they may not get the readers that you thought would stop by to read it. Make sure your guest posts are optimized well for search engine, this will help you get your guest posts published.
- Guest Posts Without Replying To Comments
This one really gets me annoyed. I hate it when I have guest bloggers submitting posts and they said that they will reply to comments left on their guest post and they don’t. Replying to blog comments is one of the best ways to get traffic and build backlinks. I’s a win win situation.
Not replying to comments is what I think is helping to bring my blog down. How can you not reply to your comments? Do you think that you will get traffic back to your blog by just guest posting and leaving links without replying?
Well you won’t. Because what I normally do is remove the links from those guest posts that has no reply from the guest bloggers. This is my way of punishment for breaking my guest blogging rules.One of the reasons why my blog is successful is because I try my very best to reply to comments whenever I do guest posting.
- Your Guest Posts Are Spammy
Is spammy even a word? Well it seems legit to me and I think you know what I mean.
I am tired of getting guest posts with tons of links embedded inside of them. I don’t have a problem with you inserting 3 links inside of your guest post, because this is a form of reward to you for contributing to my blog. But when you have like 10 links leading to unrelated sites then I become very concern.I now notice that some suspicious guest bloggers are being paid by someone else to do guest posts and embed links so as to build backlinks as a service. This will not be accepted on my blog.
- Not Social With Guest Posts
I notice that some guest bloggers aren’t being social with their guest posts.
What I mean by this is that they will submit their guest post and after it is published they don’t share it with their friends or post it on social media sites.I love it when my guest bloggers share their articles so that others have an opportunity to read what they have written. This is a part of blogging, it is only natural. No wonder some bloggers fail at blogging – because they are not social.
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It was really hard for me to say no and stop accepting guest posts on my blog. I had to do it in order to keep my blog readers happy with great quality blog posts. I had gotten tons of requests for guest posting, but it was sad to say no and turn down these guest posters.
So what’s next?
Well I will be writing my own blog posts for the next couple of months. I have personally made this decision because I want my blog to flourish and become one of the blogs that people love to visit for the best blogging tips. Moreover, this is my blog and my responsibility to manage the operations on this blog.
My reasons for writing my own blog posts:
- I Want To Blog
Well this is my very first reason for creating a blog, because I want to blog. I have a longing for blogging. Blogging is something that I love to do and will continue to love this part of of being a blogger.
I love writing on topics that I am interested in so that others can gain some knowledge on things that they did not know or want to learn about.
I also have lots of topics and video blogging that I want to publish so my readers can benefit from them. Lots of blogging topics are now coming up in my head and I don’t to lose those ideas. I want to be able to provide my readers with these contents so that they can become a great blogger like me and also make money through blogging.
- My Blog Is My Business
I want to use this blog to help me make money. I want to make a living through blogging during these hard economic times and in order to do this then I have chosen blogging as a way to help me accomplish this.
I need to make this blog into a business if I want to make money from it. I am the boss of this business, therefore, I need to take matters into my own hands and work on my blog. I want to do the best so as to provide the best quality articles and tips for my blog readers.
- People Want To Hear From Me
Most times whenever I write an article on my blog I normally see more comments than when I get guest posts. This is because my blog visitors and readers enjoy my writing and what I have to say to them. This simply means that they want to hear from me.
Mitch Mitchell from I’m Just Sharing mentioned me in one of his articles earlier this year saying, “Many of the posts are guest posts, so you don’t always get the true essence of his thoughts, but he’ll pop one out at least once a month or so” – Black Web Friday – 3/23/12So here Mitch is saying that I don’t normally post for my blog and my true essence of my thoughts are not always present, but I am going to change that now.
Irfan Siddiqui from Real Time Tricks said in a comment, “I’m reading your article after a long time here. As usually on this blog I find guest posts, so your tips go missing sometimes”.
Irfan seems to miss my writing and also the great blog tips that I normally provide. Don’t worry pal, I am going to be here more often.
Rahul Kuntala from Learn Blog Tips said in a comment “Few bloggers (include me) don’t need to publish guest posts as they can create enough posts every week by themselves.
Even I’m not accepting them on my blog.”
So here Rahul is saying that its alright to write your own blog posts and I must agree with him because it can even help to make my blog to be more successful.
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Well I am not sure as to when I will be accepting guest bloggers on my blog again, maybe later down in the year. But when I do the rules are going to be different.
For now I am going to provide the best blogging tips for my readers and hopefully build a stronger blog in the near future. So if you don’t want to miss out on my blogging tips then you can subscribe to my blog for more updates and blog posts.
- What do you think about me not accepting guest bloggers / guest posts on my blog for a couple months?
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