Welcome back to Blog Tides. I’ve been thinking on some ideas for this blog and it struck me that there is a lot of scope for expansion into the areas of specialized topics. I’ve noticed a lot of sites or blogs appearing that have taken the stance that they will grow by accepting guest posters to boost the site’s page count and content volume. That’s good from the user point of view as it provides search traffic with a more worthwhile landing page where there is relevant and hopefully interesting and well written content for them to read.

Will I be doing this here on this site?

I’m considering it as an option for boosting the site’s content for sure, but there is one drawback that I can see. That is one of trust.

Generally, bloggers are looking out for one person, and that’s themselves, so when they get a chance to gust post on someone else’s blog, they are going to place at least one link in that post back to their own blog. Now there’s nothing wrong with that and its the least the hosting blog can do for getting some free content.

But that trust is more often than not abused by the posting blogger. Horror stories abound, where the guest posts a badly spun article that is showing up on a multitude of other blogs, thereby attracting a duplicate content penalty for the hosting blog. Then their linking strategy leaves a lot to be desired.

Why bloggers think that they have to place three links in every post they submit to other blogs is beyond me!

That practice screams “paid post” to the search engines who will come looking to scrutinize the hosting blog and maybe even give it a penalty. Whether the links are to legitimate sites is another cause for concern. Some bloggers who submit bad articles all over the place are little more than spammers themselves and care not one whit that they might also be linking to bad neighborhood sites. Yup, another penalty or worse, the hosting blog gets deindexed for its trouble.

So allowing guest posters on here at the moment is not all that attractive to me. Unless there is an easy way to moderate what is being posted, I’m not interested in hosting duplicate crap that is full of links to other people’s crap sites.

So my alternative is to write my own articles, which is what I do anyway, being a writer! To this end, I don’t have to link out to anywhere if I don’t want to and I know my content is original, relevant and interesting.

So I have made a tentative start by creating the first of my topics with a main article, called Zone Diets under which I will publish a series of closely related articles. Once done, I’ll move onto another topic and build up that way.

Sure, its slower and more ponderous and it’ll likely take a while to build this site up to anything like the content powerhouse it’ll need to be in order to rank well in the SERPs for the terms it will be targeting. But at least it’ll be all me and under my control.