Your Guest Poster Breaks The Rules! Now What?

Its time for another poll but before we can start a new one we need to discuss the results of the last one. I started that poll on April the 15th and what I was trying to work out was whether or not it was ethical for bloggers to do paid posts? A total of 46 people took part in the poll, 43 saying yes it was ethical and only three saying that it wasn’t.

From the comments left by my readers it was obvious that even though most agreed it was ethical it all depended on how the blogger conducted the paid post. Was he being honest and not intentionally misleading his readers? Did the blogger disclose that he was being paid to write the post? As long as he adhered to these and certain other criteria then doing paid posts was not a problem.

Before we get to the other poll I want to talk about guests posts and the obligation of the person writing the post. Just over a week ago I was approached by someone wanting to do a guest post on this blog. I told him it would be fine as long as he adhered to the following conditions;

Hi Guest Poster,

Firstly I would like to see a guest post that you’ve already done. Secondly the post has to be of original content and related to blogging, SEO or something that is of use to my readers. Thirdly, if I accept your post you will be expected to monitor the comments so that you can reply to the commentators keeping in mind the quality of your replies will reflect on your image.

Other things to keep mind include.

  • Minimum of 400 words
  • No affiliate links. You can link to your site from your bio.

I may ask you to edit it if I feel it is needed rather than having to do it myself.
Naturally I expect a pretty good standard, no less than what I expect of myself.
That’s about it. Good luck.

Needless to say I accepted the post but even though I expressly told him that he needed to reply to all comments left on his post I haven’t heard from him since and yes, I notified him immediately once the post went live. So the question now is what do I do about it? That’s where you guys come in. All you have to do is take part in the poll and leave a comment as to why you feel the way you do.

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This Post Has 52 Comments

  1. I had one like this. Told him one week in advance when will it be published. Told him 2 days in advance. Post came up, no reply for 36 hrs. Another e-mail and then deleted the links and edited the post a bit so I remove all of his reference and make the post mine. Although I should not have done even that effort.

    As soon as I deleted his links and replied to comments he sends an e-mail saying he forgot and he is replying to comments now. I said don’t bother it is too late.

    Done :)

    1. It’s been nearly a week Brankica and I’ve only sent one email when the post went live. As of yet he hasn’t made one comment and it’s been nearly a week.

      I’m not that peeved as it was a good post, I’m just interested as to what others might do.
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  2. Hey Pete!

    There’s not enough choices in the poll so I’ll have to answer here…

    If the content is exceptional, keep it, but delete any and all links that make their way back to his site.

    If the content is only above average (or below), delete the whole thing.

    Oh, and make sure it becomes common knowledge that this person isn’t someone you’d want guest posting on your blog.

    Kind regards,

    1. What other choices would you like Steve? I can easily add to the poll.

      As to deleting the whole thing, what of those people who took the time to leave a comment, should they lose out just because of his error?
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  3. If you’re set up guidelines for posts, then anyone who wants to do a guest post needs to be aware of them and write their posts to fonform to those guides. If the post does not meet your criteria (within reason; if you have a 400 word limit and it comes in at 405 and is as tight as it can get… shrug) then you send it back to them and point out that they failed to observe the guidelines. They can rewrite it to conform and resubmit or… not.

    Of coarse if you’ve got 1001 points in your guidelines then you’re really discouraging anyone from submitting a guest post. But reasonable guidelines are to be observed.

      1. Ohhhh… a post & run guester huh? Yeah, that’s pretty rude. I think guest posters should take the time to respond to comments. In the long run, that will hurt the guest poster mor than you though because readers will perceive the poster as being rude or snobish by not replying to them. Bloggers are funny that way; we expect a certain amount of interraction.

        1. Then again if he doesn’t reply soon I will just remove the links and that will be it. I’ll still have a good post and everyone that left a comment will get to keep the linkluv.

          I haven’t decided yet whether or not I’ll leave his name up so others will be aware of his mistake.

          1. Sounds like a plan to me: leave his name but remove any links to his blog/website.

  4. If the guest blogger not reply to any of the comments – take out the links and answer the comments if you can, so the commentators not be mad on you or your blog. But I don’t understand the guest blogger who miss the opportunity to get the reader and commenter’s be more interesting in his blog and get new visitors that way!!

  5. In my opinion, deleting the post in no option especially if it’s great content. If the guest poster doesn’t reply to you, you could just take off his links and reply to the comments as it’s your post. Sometimes i know that it could be very hard without modifying the post. The most important thing is to be clear the first time, that if the guest poster doesn’t or will not adhere to your terms, his links would be taken away.

    1. I started replying to the comments myself after the second or third day because I couldn’t bare having them go without a reply. I admit that I didn’t say that in my email but I do think it was implied.

  6. Since the post is already online and people have commented it, you can’t really delete it now, can you? For me, at least, that wouldn’t be an option. Since he didn’t adhere by the ‘rules’ you explicitly stated in your original correspondence with him, then he doesn’t deserve to have the link back to his site in his bio. I would try contacting him again, though, to tell him that you’re planning on doing this and see if he gets back to you with some type of legitimate excuse.

    1. I thought about contacting him again Petra but I don’t feel he deserves that. I’ll wait a little longer, but if he doesn’t start participating soon he’s going to lose those links. I will leave his name up though and edit his post linking to this one to show others why his links were removed.

  7. I wrote replying to comments into my guest post guidelines. If a guest poster does not reply to comments within 48 hours, I strip their bio link, and they can only have it back if they have a reasonable excuse as to why they didn’t reply and they have to go in and reply to everything. Seems to scare away the guest posters who are just out for a link and, when I posted about my new policy, actually drove in a lot of new guest bloggers who were more than happy to participate in the comments. :)
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  8. Leave his post up… he apparently adhered to the rest of the rules. I don’t think its necessary to respond to every single comment your blog gets…a selection of the “best” comments that truly deserve follow-ups seems to make more sense, rather than trying to come up with extra commentary when a reply isn’t truly warranted. It’s only been a week; perhaps he will eventually reply to a few choice comments!


    1. Actually Greg I reply to all commentators and I expect no less from someone who does a guest post which is why I included it as one of the conditions of acceptance. I specifically stated;

      Thirdly, if I accept your post you will be expected to monitor the comments so that you can reply to the commentators keeping in mind the quality of your replies will reflect on your image.

      As far as I’m concerned he did not adhere to the conditions so now all I have to decide on is the consequences.
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  9. Twitter:
    Hi Sire,

    Coming from your newsletter – first time I comment :)

    I’ve had permanently this problem with guest posters. Recently I changed my guest post policy, it’s explicitly clear about this point and ask the guest writer before posting if he/she agrees with it in terms of replying to comments.

    I took the Kristi’s criteria too and if they fail in replying comments I remove links from the bio. Disappeared after many emails, then you’ve the right to do it.

    My opinion, you can delete the link, unless if in this case he appears with a reasonable explanation and very soon…

    Cheers from Uruguay,

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    1. Hey Gera, thanks for being a subscriber and for taking the time to comment. I will not be deleting the post because that would not be fair to all those people who left a comment.

      The question remains as to what do I do with the links in his bio, and perhaps even the bio itself.
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      1. Twitter:
        I’ve little time to comment, event to write normally for my blog, but I read frequently your posts.

        I think that deleting the entire post isn’t fair for all the readers that commented on it.

        I’d delete only the link of the guest poster. I’ve several guest posters in this situation in the past, but I don’t want to look back and edit them.

        But for the new ones, yes, if there is no reply to comments, I’ll delete the link of the guest poster.

        Have a great week!


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        1. Yeah, looks like his bio will have to go. :hmm1_ee:

  10. Twitter:
    I’m with deleting the links and moving on, because I don’t think you’d accept a post you didn’t like to begin with right? I actually probably need to add that as a criteria to my guest post policy, as it’s something I hadn’t really thought about before. Of course neither of us has all that many guest posts on our main blogs to begin with.
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    1. I think you should add it Mitch because it’s something that we do as a matter of course so why shouldn’t we expect from those who are fortunate enough to write a guest post for us?
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  11. Was the post any good? If it was, leave it!. But let him know you’re pissed,hehe…

    1. If it wasn’t any good I wouldn’t have published it.

  12. I’ve voted to remove his bio and backlinks so you keep the blog but he gets none of the benefits. The whole point of the guestpost is to get links back and he is missing out but not following your rules.

  13. Hi Peter
    I’ve just published two guest posts by a couple of guys who have answered every comment and really got into the spirit of things.

    You’ve commented on both posts so you know that I’m talking about Tom Breeze and Randy Cantrell.
    Two great guys.

    Can I reverse the question?

    “How do you thank a great guest blogger for going the extra mile … and then some?”

    Not had the other sort yet.

    Great topic for all bloggers.
    Going to happen sooner or later.
    Keith Davis recently posted…The Coolest Voice on the InternetMy Profile

    1. Me, I would dedicate a post to them telling others what a great person they are and how they went that extra mile when writing a guest post. Other than that a perpetual link is the blogroll?

        1. Of course you knew I mean a “… a perpetual link in the blogroll” :doh_tb: :laugh_tb:

  14. I think that if you invite someone to write in your blog, that person should be someone with whom you have some confidence, or at least minimally meet, either for having shared conversations in forums with him or through a social network.
    This way you’ll surely find fewer problems.
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    1. Actually that would make it harder to delete his bio if the same situation occurred.

  15. I never tried to do this before. It is so exciting as well because this is one way to get more traffic and followers. And base on your question, I will vote for remove the links from his bio. That way, they will understand that you are so stern with the guidelines and it is a must for them to follow it. :)

    1. Thanks for your comment, your advice has been noted.

  16. Very relevant post Sire. 99% of the time those who contact you with a guest post request are those link builders hired by SEOs. The quality of their articles is poor as they somehow try to fit into the context of your blog with some generic write up that will not add any value to anybody.

    Regarding the ‘right’ way of posting & follow ups, I agree with others that the best thing to do is to delete his links if he’s not even there to reply to comments.
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    1. The problem is that the article submitted was pretty good, he’s just isn’t replying to the comments. Time is running out for him. :thumbdown_tb:

  17. It really depends on the nature, or overall quality of the comment. If a poster has gone against posting rules then i feel that they’re post should be deleted, but only if you feel that it isnt a particulary good one.
    But if you feel that the comment does have its qualities, such as the one in question, then i would simpily disable the links. Just as a warning to let him know your not happy.

      1. Oh i see the situation. I think that would be the most appropriate action to take.

  18. To me, it all depends on which rule was broken. If the content is of value to me despite whatever the blogger did to run afoul of my guidelines, I might opt to keep it anyway.

    That said, I don’t exactly have a ton of guest-posting guidelines, and have never had a guest-blogger do anything that I didn’t approve of.

    Should such a situation arise, I’d probably attempt to contact them to work out a resolution. If that failed, I’d either remove the post or modify it so that it was within the guidelines.
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    1. The problem his the rules he broke had nothing to do with the post itself, it has to do with the fact that he has not replied to one single comment.
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  19. Delete that sucker!

    It sucks that you are losing content though.

    If you remove the links, he’ll just submit it somewhere else.


    1. Yes, he could post it somewhere else but it would no longer be original content.

  20. Hi Sire, I can understand your incredible frustration with the guest blogger (who approached you!), but I suggest your analysis should be what is best for your readers? Clearly the post was valuable for the readers, or you wouldn’t have published it, so keep it on your blog.

    If it’s valuable for your readers to have links to the author’s site, then keep the links in the post.

    You are generous with your comments and responses so when your readers see that the author isn’t as generous, they can make your own decisions.

    But certainly don’t invite the bloke back! :doh_tb:

    Thanks for sharing your dilemma with us. I hope I never have this issue!

    1. He actually sent me another guest post Carolyn :doh_tb: I told him that I could not accept because he didn’t even leave one comment on his previous post.

      I ended up keeping the post but I removed the links. I did leave his name though with a link back to this post. :devil_tb:
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  21. Seriously? He submitted another blog post? When you told him that you couldn’t accept it, did he respond? I’m thinking he didn’t because he’s not good at responding…

    Does he have a blog? Does he respond to comments on his blog?

    It’s so important for guest bloggers to be on the same wavelength as the host of the blog, I think. I’m not talking a carbon copy but at least they should have the same attitude towards their blogs.

    I’m sorry you were taken advantage of this way. You deserve better. :king_tb:

    1. I haven’t heard from him yet Carolyn. I’m not too fussed about being taken advantage of Carolyn. I got a good post out of it which has brought me traffic. He’s the one that lost out and he’s no-one to blame but himself.

  22. Sire,

    Thank you for this post. You’ve just helped me to solve one of the problems I’ve been facing. Reading through the comments have given me an idea of what to do. And this is it, I’m going on right away to update my guest posting rules to make it very clear that any guest poster who refuse to reply to comments within 4 days after the post is live will have the his/her links removed. I think that will help. Of course there may be some other steps to take but for me this is ok.

    1. Hey Chadrack,

      it’s always nice to know when a past has helped someone in a specific way. Most of us post stuff in the hope that it will help someone so I really appreciate you stopping by and leaving that comment. :smile1_tb:
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