Archive for August 31st, 2012
Do you allow guest posts in your blog? Are you aware of any risks involved? For a long time, guest posting has been known to be a great way of generating top quality backlinks to your website. Additionally, it also allows the guest poster to get a lot of free traffic, a new readership and a new audience. In the online field, most good things start innocent but soon the bad guys get in, and Google has to inevitably slap a penalty.
Guest blogs normally offer a great win-win solution to both the guest bloggers and the blogs they are submitting to. The guest bloggers get the free traffic while the blogs are able to get free content. Slowly, many blogs are starting to have more guest posts than original posts. This eventually has led to a whole new industry of guest bloggers.
Google has been pushing frequent updates cracking down on any unorthodox link building and SEO practices. Therefore, despite the fact that guest blogging started as something innocent, you should beware of the disadvantages below that could be risky to your blog:
1. Guest blogging allows for dofollow links from your blog to your guest bloggers’ websites. These links mean that you trust the websites you link to. In case you have a dofollow link that links to spammy pages, your site may get penalized by Google.
2. There are guest posters who may provide content that is not related to the niche of your blog. This could mess up with both your readers and Google.
3. Are you careful about the length of your guest posts? Very short posts or thin content could reduce your blog’s overall quality. This will also affect your rankings with both search engine bots and your blog readers.
4. While allowing for guest posts, be careful of duplicate content. Some guest bloggers may actually end up using their guest post content elsewhere on the internet. This will end up annoying any of your readers who will have had access to both contents. Remember that search engines also have low tolerance to duplicate content.
5. Your guest bloggers may not take your blog as seriously as you would. For this reason, they may end up submitting posts with an uncaring attitude and lack of attention to detail. Additionally, some writers may submit content that has either inaccurate or outdated information. In case such content gets past your editorial team, it will heavily lower the value of your blog.
6. There are guest bloggers who will write for you incomplete content in order to drive traffic to their blogs. This will force readers to go to their websites to get more information. This also ends up being a nuisance to your readers and lowers the quality of your pages.
Google’s Keen Eye
Google respects quality links in your articles. Recently, Google cracked down on paid text links and this resulted in some websites being heavily penalized or even being de-indexed in Google.
Sadly, guest blogging is heading in a similar direction; link buyers are now able to buy trusted links on top-ranking websites. Therefore, any website that is accepting guest posts has to be careful of the links they are accepting. Unfortunately, choosing to add nofollow links will only turn away guest posters and beat the purpose. Remember that Google is keenly watching and looking for ways to differentiate suspicious guest posting links from true editorial links.
One big question that remains is whether you should accept guest posting on your blog or you shouldn’t. It is okay to accept them but first take your time to check out the author’s website. If it is not worth the link, then don’t accept it. Additionally, only accept posts that are accurate and likeable to both you and your readers.
Rahul Makhija has been in the internet marketing industry for more than 6 years. For more information you can visit New York Web Design and Marketing. He is an expert on SEO & PPC tactics and in his free times likes to read and understand about human behavior.
Snapshot is now available (surprisingly) on Steam. Retro Affect’s 2D puzzle-platformer has been in development for several years and stars a robot named Pic, who can change the environment around him by taking pictures and placing them in the environment. The creative game is also coming to the PS Vita and PS3 later this year.
Snapshot is the second project from Retro Affect ? the studio’s first effort was Depict1, a freeware game that came out of Global Game Jam 2010. Kyle Pulver, one of the members of Retro Affect, also recently launched his solo project Offspring Fling, a fun-yet-evil game about throwing babies around.
Counter-Strike is one of those iconic games that is still played many years after its release. With the original mod for Half-Life coming out in 1999 and a divisive Source engine update in 2004, Counter-Strike remains one of the premiere competitive multiplayer FPS communities. Now, that community has been given the latest update: Counter-Strike Global Offensive.
If you’re not familiar with Counter-Strike, it’s a shooter in which two teams – terrorist and counter-terrorist – compete in quick-fire rounds to either eliminate the other team or complete objectives like rescuing hostages or blowing up bombs. The gunplay is demanding, with high recoil and high damage necessitating a quick and accurate trigger finger as well as good knowledge of the game’s most popular maps.
Global Offensive does little to change the winning formula, choosing instead to support the community with skill-based matchmaking, built-in leaderboards, awards and achievements that should foster that space between pro teams and casual players.
Global Offensive also adds official support for popular game mode Gun Game, where players have to earn kills with each weapon in the game to progress to the next, with the round ending when a player gets a kill with the golden knife. This mode is called Arms Race in GO, and there’s also a related mode called Demolition that mashes together the gun progression of Gun Game and the standard Bomb Defusal or Hostage Rescue scenarios of the main game to great effect.
Of course, with any engine upgrade comes improved graphics and sound; GO is no exception. The UI has also been improved and optimised for consoles, and not to the detriment of PC players.
Finally, the game includes a few new pieces of content that should make the game a little fresher for veterans of the series. There are eight new weapons, eight new maps and a few new equipment options, but equally notable is the decision to keep all of the most popular maps to allow for the classic matches we’ve come to expect from Counter-Strike.
At just $15 on Steam and similar prices on Xbox 360 and PS3, Counter-Strike Global Offensive is a brilliant update to a quality series. Whether you’ve never played Counter-Strike or it’s a big part of your gaming history, I’d definitely recommend checking it out.