After having several sites penalized from blog network links (FYI these were all small private networks) I've been trying to find a good guest posting service to get high PR niche links that aren't ridiculously expensive...and wouldn't you guess there's a bunch of crappy, scammy services out there. Here's what I found: Many people are using the same list of sites. Many of these sites are not real sites. Many of these sites are nothing but networks of sites owned by a few people. Many of the sites are autoblogs. :headache: Many of the sites are recently registered dropped domains. Many sites I found had the same "posted by XXXXX" on them. No that's not a huge footprint! That's when I thought to start checking whois and IPs. Many sites are run on cheap SEO hosting. Many sites have external links in every post...Hello link farm! Many sites had the same links on them around the same time...Hello footprint! Some websites selling guest posting services don't even have working contact forms or email addresses! I'm not going to out any services here on BHW but it's not just here that I've found the problem. Other forums and websites selling guest posts are doing the same thing. I'm starting to wonder if it's one service that multiple people are promoting as guest posts. I've even seen a couple using the same sales page graphic. I haven't looked into if there's some master service that they're buying from but I wouldn't be surprised if there was. Now these links still hold value so don't think I'm completely writing them off but putting a buffer between your site and these links is recommended. Right now I'm weeding out guest posting services in hopes that I find a good one at a good price. I've even been forced to buy services from other forums that I swore that I wouldn't use anymore. :10: So far the few cheaper services that actually find sites aren't doing the best job. Since most of my niches are not hugely popular I'm sure it's harder but after 2 months one guy has only been able to post to 3 sites all of which were PR1 or PR0. Not gonna be using that service anymore. A word to the wise...do your homework before buying.