Since the beginning of March, I've been working pretty hard on 'Guest Posting'. We all have our own ideas of what to look for and I'm learning about that side of it all the time. I've got to the point now where I don't currently have enough writers to cover all the articles I'm needing to write for other people's sites, and my sites are improving in rankings, so I seem to be doing something right. However, I can see Google clamping down on this. In fact, I'm sure they aren't a fan of it now and working at ways to prevent it. Think about it. Google, at the end of the day, want sites to be at the top because they are the best - the most informative what people find the most useful. They want people to link to other sites and webpages because they 100% found the resource useful and so linked to it - not because somebody paid them to do it, or because somebody offered to write an article for them. I put quotations around Guest Posting, because like ********, like Link Exchanges, and many more phrases used in the past and present with SEO, I don't like the term. Now, I mentioned that I think Google will clamp down on this. I think they will. I think the money people are spending on 'Guest Posts' will eventually be a waste of money for the long term. Sure, getting your article listed on a site with a cracking criteria, might be beneficial now. In time, it could end up being a waste and before you know it, you're having to Disavow the site. How will Google stop it? Well, they could easily look for terms used on websites... "We accept Guest Posts" "Submit your guest posts here" "Add your Sponsored post here" "We charge $50 for each guest post" The sort of things that people use as footprints to find these very websites. Which is why I never target these sites. Instead, I look for websites where the owner has possibly never even heard of the term before. I don't mention it in my footprints, I don't mention it when I'm contacting potential site owners and if the site looks like a website that's there for the very reason to list articles for a link back to the writer, I ignore them. I'm writing articles and getting links back, where the website owner makes no reference to "Sponsored Post" - "Guest Post" on their site, nor on the article I've had written. Nor, is there any Author Bio - a manual look at an article with an Author Bio can become obvious that it's been written for the intent on getting a link back, when you check the link and it's obviously a commercial one. Just my 2 pence. I think Google will find it hard to recognise a "Guest Post", if the website owner has published an article without any mention of Guest/Sponsored Post, Author Bio and the link is genuinely beneficial to the reader.