Yesterday, there was confusion over if those publishers who participated in MyBlogGuest.com would also be penalized. I suspected they would be and it seems that is the case. We have Matt Cutts, Google’s head of search spam, tweeting that it is likely and we have several publishers from the network claiming they have manual action notifications in their Webmaster Tools accounts as of yesterday.
Here is Matt’s tweet:
@n2tech when we take action on a spammy link network, it can include blogs hosting guest posts, sites benefiting from the links, etc.
— Matt Cutts (@mattcutts) March 20, 2014
This is in response to one publisher claiming they saw a ranking drop:
@seosmarty @mattcutts Would love to hear answer on this! Since using MBG my site dropped from #1 for 15 years to #8 – 20. Varies. bcz of MBG?
— Jill Armour (@n2tech) March 19, 2014
We also have comments from several publishers in our previous story claiming they saw drops in rankings and manual action notifications.
One anonymous MyBlogGuest publisher commented:
I’ve posted 100′s of articles from myblogguest.com and this morning I received a message in WMT saying “Unnatural links from your site”. Coincidence? Hmm…
If you participated in this network, did you notice a ranking decline and/or a notification in Google Webmaster Tools?
For more details on Google’s take down of a large guest blogging network, see our story from yesterday.