Guest Posting for Backlinks: Is it Worth Asking?

by Harsh Agrawal on June 18, 2010

in Blogging

It’s been a long time since Shoutmeloud is open for Guest bloggers and also allows adsense revenue sharing. I have made the process simple, where users can simply login and submit their post for review. Obviously there are certain standards that every guest blogger should follow, like Original articles, Proper credits, Images, Formatting and relevant article according to blog.



I often receive Emails from people asking me they would like to write articles for free and in return they need one or two backlinks for free. At certain moments such Emails make me lose my mind, because the day I turned Shoutmeloud into multi-author WordPress blog, the reason was to treat it like a community blog. Where any one can step in, and write articles related to WordPress, blogging, Make money online, SEO and so on.

Obviously there are benefits of Guest articles like you get backlinks, traffic and most important exposure.

Read: How to start with Guest blogging?

Why you should not ask other bloggers for Backlinks via Guest post?

Every one likes quality articles, but when you Email any blogger for writing guest post just because for backlinks, chances are high he or she will deny your request. At least that’s what I do. I like the guest post which is written to share knowledge and for exposure. It doesn’t meant I don’t like giving backlinks. Read further for more information on this:

So guest blogging for backlinks is a myth?

No it’s not true, most bloggers who allow guest blogging add one or two backlinks at the starting or end of the article. Adding a small author bio is a good way to expose guest author. At Shoutmeloud I add one link at the top of the post because it’s more visible and give more weight-age for search engine ranking. And Also one link from author bio.



What’s the right way?

Most of the blogs which allow guest posting, already have a dedicated page for do’s and don’ts for guest blogging, and most of them already mentioned about backlinks and other details which you need to write a killer guest post. I suggest go through it and start guest posting for blogs.

No doubt, guest posting is always very useful and I  write often for many popular blogs to gain more exposure and  traffic.

Do let us know why do you write guest post? For backlinks? Traffic? or Exposure?

Related posts:

  1. A Follow Up Article is Really Great Article for Guest Posting
  2. How to start with Guest posting
  3. What I have learned after Opening Shoutmeloud open for Guest Posting.
  4. Guest Blogging is not Waste of Time
  5. Guest Blogging For Fame And Fortune
  6. Backlink and How to Get Free Backlinks for blogs?
  7. Shoutmeloud Round up of Guest post October 2009
  8. Brand yourself under every tweet & get Backlinks

{ 15 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Basant | Techno-Pulse June 18, 2010 at 08:45

Agree. The primary objective should be ‘knowledge sharing’ & not the link. A quality post will naturally attract backlinks with passage of time. I’ve written posts on my blogging experience viz. AdSense in some popular blogs & eZines. Also, I basically write on cloud computing, So it was not feasible for me to write those general money-making articles in my blog.


2 Mobile Freak June 18, 2010 at 08:55

I think its for all of 3 : Backlinks, Traffic and Exposure.


3 TechOfWeb June 18, 2010 at 09:42

Me for backlinks, traffic n exposure for all 3 :)



4 Dana @ Blogging Tips Blog June 18, 2010 at 10:36

Honestly I do guest blogging for all of them. Guest blogging is the greatest marketing tool for me.


5 Shocky June 18, 2010 at 12:17

I started doing guest posts for several blog even before I actually had a properly running site so the backlinks where practically useless for me at the time. I usually did it because I liked to blog about things I knew and if it was actually read by people – even better. Now, that I have a site running, it leaves me little time to do guest posts.

However, I still do post as and when I can. The backlinks and the revenue(which is usually insignificantly small) is just a bonus :D


6 Abhishek June 18, 2010 at 15:41

Important points. To be noted…


7 mohammad June 18, 2010 at 17:15

What is the name of plugin that appears Author Information


8 TechGyo June 18, 2010 at 17:32

Even though I guest post for all three reasons, I also guest post to see how readers will respond to articles on same topics on different blogs.


9 Tushar June 18, 2010 at 19:15

i think majority of the bloggers write guest posts for traffic and back links….and it is not wrong at all


10 Melvin June 18, 2010 at 19:38

exactly. That was what I always exactly tell people. Backlinks are mostly just peripheral. The real goal of guest posting is to acquire new readers and spread out the brand out there in the blogosphere..

thanks for putting me as an example.. ;-)


11 Rakesh Narang June 18, 2010 at 20:05

I agree, sometimes people write only for the backlinks and their article may not contain proper information.


12 Technolic June 18, 2010 at 22:48

i write for traffic and backlinks


13 Tech Sputter June 19, 2010 at 07:56

An extremely useful n notifiable content to develop the blogs, cheers ;-) :-) ;-)


14 Rahul June 19, 2010 at 12:20

You are giving them free content, It is worth asking them. Also, if i put guest posting surely, it will be one of the best.


15 Amandeep Singh June 19, 2010 at 19:26

In my view, traffic and exposure remain on the top list for me… Backlinks, if allowed add to the benefit. Anyways, you are getting targetted traffic on your niche blog…


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