I love doing guest blogging. And I love so many genuine guest bloggers who are nurturing the blogosphere with awesome content on other blogs, apart from their own.
Since I’m so much into guest blogging and since I’ve experienced all its goodness, I’ve also made a premium report for all aspiring bloggers to encourage them to guest blog – showing them exactly how – Guest Blogging Champion.
Now, from my experience as a host blogger for the past 1 year, I’ve received some awesome guest posts and hence I have been introduced to those awesome bloggers! Most of them are my pals. I know they offer fine quality content and…… most importantly respect rules!
I’ve already made a post about guest blogging etiquette, expressing my thoughts on how guest bloggers fail to respect rules and how much trouble that is to the host bloggers.
I’m telling again here that it takes more time to proof read, format and hit that Publish/Schedule button on a guest post rather than writing a post myself! All you bloggers who accept guest posts on your blogs will know about this.
Rules?….. I’ve got mine, says the guest blogger
While I have my own guest blogging rules, a guest blogger seems to have her own rules as to how she looks at my blog and treats me and the community at my blog here.
So this guest blogger submitted a guest post a while ago and got it published on my blog. This is the link to the guest post:
From day 1 she was not responding to any comments in her guest post. I usually follow up guest bloggers within 3-5 days if they don’t respond to comments and participate in the discussions at their guest post.
I’m sure all of us are busy, so I send them a quick reminder to attend to comments in their post.
This time, since I was busy with the contest, I didn’t have time to do so. I think its more than a month now between the guest post publish date and when I asked her to respond to comments.
According to the guest post guidelines at my blog, I will remove the links in the guest post if the guest blogger fails to interact with the commenters who took the time to read their post and leave a comment (see who else has the same strict policy).
Here’s the reply I got from the guest blogger in response to my email where I told her to respond to comments and let me know so that I can put her links back:
Hello Jane, I cannot continue to provide feedback to “spammy” comments like “Stacy from Washing Machine Reviews” or “Sam from Top Espresso Machines”…. It is really unfair of you to ask me to participate in your blog comments especially when most of the commentators are there to spam the blog….If you don’t re-active my links, please remove my content so I can use it elsewhere. If you don’t reactivate my links, I’ll make sure to post a feedback about this on MyBlogGuest.com
By the way, MyBlogGuest is an awesome community of guest bloggers and host bloggers and this issue does not directly relate to that community in any way. I thank and highly appreciate Ann Smarty for her support on this matter so far!
Here are my concerns regarding this issue.
She calls my community as spammers
This is the first and the foremost thing that provoked me. ” It is really unfair of you to ask me to participate in your blog comments especially when most of the commentators are there to spam the blog“.
So am I running a spammy blog for over a year and trying to build a business out of it? I will be an idiot to do so; plus I’ve got a better day job rather than trying to run a spam blog (and make money out of it).
Google sees my blog as an authority blog, crawls it everyday (sometimes more than once a day), has given me Sitelinks and the blog has other very good “numbers” and social proof. The blog has a very good community of decent and genuine commentators.
This is such an insult to my awesome commenters and readers, whom I very much respect.
She has a problem with the commentators’ names
I don’t understand this – “….. ”spammy” comments like “Stacy from Washing Machine Reviews” or “Sam from Top Espresso Machines”….” – She seems to have a problem with the names/keywords the commenters are using.
And by just looking at the names she weighs the comments as spam! If you got a moment, just head over to the guest post and have a look at the comments. See all whom she calls spammers and their comments too.
I’m using Commentluv premium plugin on my blog with Keywordname functionality enabled. I want to treat my commenters as good and warm as possible. So I give my commenters a chance to get keyword-anchored backlinks for taking the time to stop and comment on my blog.
So they’re free to use whatever keyword they want to rank a particular blog post/page for. IF there’s a problem with this, I’m sure its MY PROBLEM. What’s her problem now?
I really don’t understand why someone would look at the commenter’s name and come to a conclusion that he/she has left a spam comment. Should she not be looking at the comments?
Oh… and she is blackmailing me!
The moment I read this line “If you don’t reactivate my links, I’ll make sure to post a feedback about this on MyBlogGuest.com” do you know what my reaction was? I laughed out loud.
So some guest blogger approaches me out of the blue, submits a guest post (this means that she is supposed to read the guidelines before submission). Then she doesn’t come back to check the post out.
When I ask her to participate in the comments, she tells me that my blog’s commenters are spammers and hence she won’t respond to them. I guess this is the easiest way out to escape a responsibility.
And now, she wants to use the same content somewhere or get credit for her guest post without respecting the rules. I think she should have a thought that I won’t take the guest post down and hence she went the extra mile and warns me that if I don’t do it, she will go about spreading bad words about me (that’s called feedback).
I am least bothered.
Here’s what I am going to do and why.
I won’t take the post down and I won’t put her links back.
- I have spent my time in proof reading and publishing her post. I made many other genuine guest bloggers to wait in the queue to publish her post on that slot. My commenters have spent their time to stop by and leave a comment on her post. I respect my time and my commenters time. So I won’t take the post down.
- I won’t put her links back because “not responding to comments” means “not following the rules”. As I’ve clearly stated that links will be removed if there is no participation from the guest blogger, I’m doing the right thing.
- I don’t want any similar “threatening” or “spammy” guest blogger to take advantage of this easy technique to submit a post without respecting the rules and try to get links or whatever benefits that they are not supposed to get.
I’m truly shocked by the quality and attitude of guest bloggers that are coming up. I usually do not indulge in writing posts that call names or that invoke some sort of heated discussion. I know that’s not healthy too.
But recently I learned that the more I ignore and keep silent, the more I’m easily used! People take advantage of my silence.
PS: In writing this post, I remember and honor all the genuine guest bloggers who have contributed to my blog and other blogs in the blogosphere. There’s absolutely no offense on those who religiously guest blog and respect rules.