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How To Stop Guest Post Spam In 2024 (It's Extremely Annoying)

Spammers asking for backlinks are annoying. If you want to get rid of them once and for all, the best thing to do is create an email filter to archive any guest post emails. Here's how.
Updated February 26, 2024

Blogs, especially popular ones, can be magnets for guest post spammers. While guest posting is a legitimate way for authors to gain exposure and for blogs to gain valuable content, it's become an unfortunate reality that a large number of guest post requests are simply spam.

So how do you sort 'em out?

Understand the Value of Backlinks

Link building through backlinks is quite an effective way to rank higher in search results (by building your topical authority). When a reputable site links back to your site, it's a nod in the eyes of search engines, potentially boosting your SEO. Many guest post spammers primarily seek this benefit.

Legitimate Guest Bloggers Vs. Spammers

True, genuine guest bloggers want to build links, but that's not their only goal. They want to establish credibility, grow their readership, and build professional relationships.

The key distinction between genuine guest post requests and spammy ones is relevance.

If you're running a technology and marketing blog, a pitch about gardening tools should raise an eyebrow. Don't even bat an eye about NSFW topics (gambling, etc). Don't do them.

Recognizing Guest Post Spam

Guest post spam often:

  • Represents topics completely unrelated to your blog.
  • Sends over-generalized, templated pitches.
  • Uses generic email providers like Yahoo or Gmail for professional requests.
  • Requests backlinks but mysteriously omits their own website's URL.

4. Your Course of Action against Guest Post Spam Spammy guest post requests don't have to be a daily nuisance. Here's what you can do:

  • Filter Emails: The most recommended action is to set a filter on Gmail (or your email client of choice). By directing emails containing "guest post" straight to your archive, you can review them at your leisure without them cluttering your primary inbox.
  • Delete: A simple, hassle-free way to deal with it.
  • Respond: If you receive continuous emails from the same sender, a polite decline might deter them. (but won't remove them from other senders)
  • Mark as Junk or Spam: This keeps your inbox cleaner for more relevant communications. Might even help email filters identify what types of emails should be in the spam folder.

Rid Yourself of Headaches

Guest post opportunities can be a win-win for both bloggers and writers. But as with many things, spammers have found a way to exploit the process.

Personally, I don't want anyone emailing me about guest posts, regardless of who you are. We have ways of getting in contact on our site if you want to speak business. So for my emails, I just filter them all to get archived. Saves me the headache.

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Written by Justin Gluska
Justin is the founder of Gold Penguin, a business technology blog that helps people start, grow, and scale their business using AI. The world is changing and he believes it's best to make use of the new technology that is starting to change the world. If it can help you make more money or save you time, he'll write about it!
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