Guest Posts, No Way

I’ve read in a lot of place how important it is to do guest posts and I agree it is important to the person writing the post. By the amount of requests I get for guest posts I believe they know it to. I normally do not accept guest posts unless someone has approached me with a very unique topic. Like this particular post about the importance of language in a post.

Naturally I have certain requirements that have to be met before I accept a guest post. They include the following.

  • Unique content: This is very important to me because I don’t want a rehash of stuff that has been posted somewhere else.
  • Quality: Again, very important. I take the time to write quality posts and so I expect the same from guest posters. This also means they have to pay attention to their grammar and not just the content of the post
  • Interaction with commentators: This is the most important factor as far as writing a guest post for this, or any of my blogs. I understand this takes time but for me it is a very necessary requirement. You fail in this and I will remove all links to your site.

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My last guest poster fulfilled all but the last requirement, even after contacting the person in charge on two separate occasions. Like most of you I have lots to do with my time and that does not include running around trying to chase up guest posters so they fulfil their requirements. Today I did the right thing and responded to all those comments myself. I also deleted all the links to the guest poster and I have no regrets in doing that.

I’ve done a few guest posts, the last one way back in 2011 when I wrote about my favourite topic, blog commenting. That post got a sizeable amount of comments and I think I managed to respond to most of them.

What are your views on the guest poster being required to respond to all comments left on his guest post?


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