6 Reasons Your Guest Posts Will Be Rejected For Sure

Probloggers and authority sites don’t hate guest posts like you may want to believe. But there are reasons your guest posts are sure to be rejected on their websites or blogs. These guys are human; they have catalogs of issues to attend – they need to attend to their teeming readers, customers, family, other businesses, and also attend social functions. So sometimes they are overworked and need time to rest.

Your guest post would go a long way at enabling these bloggers observe their siesta. They don’t have all the time in the world to do everything including writing daily posts for their blogs.

That is where you as a guest poster come in. They need rest, yet they also need to update their blogs. So who should update the blog at that time of need? It is you of course! So why think they don’t love your offer?

There are certainly some reasons your guest posts are sure to be rejected even at such time of intense need. We shall find that out later in this post.

6 Reasons Your Guest Posts Will Be Rejected For Sure

Why blogs accept guest posts

Blogs accepts guest posts for various reasons. They are not accepted just for the fun of it; they have a void to fill, they have a role to play, and they have needs to meet. Like I mentioned earlier, guest bloggers have workloads to take care of, hence there is need to accept guest posts on their sites. So the reasons include:

  1. Maintain regular update for their readers
  2. Provide their audience with new experience
  3. Give new bloggers opportunity to express themselves
  4. Have time to rest and attend to other pressing issues
  5. Get more traffic to their blogs

Now the question is, does it mean your post does not meet any of the afore-mentioned needs? There is certainly a reason why the blogger would gladly accept your offer because there are at least 5 needs I have identified, one of which your article should take care of.

Unfortunately, there are reasons your guest post are sure to be rejected even in the midst of problems begging to be taken care of by a guest blogger. Once we can identify these reasons, your dream of having your guest posts approved with speed on any website would come true.

Why your guest posts are always rejected?

Your offers are rejected not because the host blogger hates your face, or because you offended him sometime in the past. It is simply because they do not meet certain criteria. So note these points and fix them, and then see what happens next time you make an offer

6 Reasons Your Guest Posts Will Be Rejected For Sure

Not playing by the rules

Every blog has set rules for anybody who wishes to submit a guest article to it. The rules for blog A are different from the rules for blog B. Every guest author is expected to abide to the rules.


It is because they are the ones who are desperately in need of help. The host blogger owns the blog, pays the bills, drives traffic, built the blog reputation, etc. You are just looking for a ready-made place to help improve your blog reputation and increase traffic. So you are to play by the rules, not the other way round.

So what rules do you violate? You hardly have time to read the rules set on the blog; as such when you present your guest post, it flouts some sections of the blog’s rules. Why? You never read the rules, so there was no way to keep the rules you didn’t know of. Some bloggers don’t have the time to point this out to you. The best thing they think they should do is to dump your article in the recycle bin

Poor content

Remember the site you are approaching already has reputation. It has maintained a quality that kept its readers visiting on regular basis. The fact the site owner is busy doesn’t mean he should accept junk for his readers. It is better his site is not updated for weeks than to provide poor quality that would drive away his readers.

When you present a hastily assembled article that is laden with grammatical blunders, incoherent sentences, etc, what should you expect? That the site owner should accept it out of pity?

Of course, you should know better. To avoid this trouble, find time to write quality piece, with extensive research and reference links, and something highly informative. No blogger would ever reject quality content that should benefit his audience.

Duplicate content

There is nothing as embarrassing to a blogger than a situation where he discovers that the content submitted as a guest post on his blog has already been published elsewhere before it was submitted to him. One may find oneself hooked in this web if one doesn’t have the time to do a copyscape check on an article before publishing.

Some smart guest bloggers (so they thought) had submitted articles to me, only for me to later discover they had been published elsewhere. So one reason your guest posts are sure to be rejected is because they are duplicates. Google frowns at duplicate content; webmasters/blog owners frown at it, and even readers also frown at it.


Do you ever submit a sponsored post to a blog owner and tell him the post belongs to you? Somebody submitted one to me recently and told me to provide a link back in the body of the article to a particular website.

He said he was a content writer without a website. But I couldn’t just understand why the insistence of providing a link in the content when he said he didn’t have a website. He only tried to make me believe he was writing as a content writer on that site and that he needed exposure.

In that case, I felt a link in the Bio should do; but he insisted and I had no choice but to let him go with his article. It was obvious he was writing for an SEO site because I did a whois check on that.

If you try to lie to a blogger in order to get your sponsored post published, he would do his little research and discover the truth about the site owner and every other information he wants. The next thing is to throw away your article for trying to present a deceptive front. So try to be plain to the website owner if you are writing on behalf of a third party and leave him to make his decision. Chances are that he might publish your work if it is good enough.

Unacceptable links

Some people want to see guest post as a way of promoting their affiliate links. So, they just add links to their affiliate products or to affiliate sites they are promoting. I

f you were the blogger, what would you do?

Leave the links or bring this to his attention? Unfortunately, these are spelt out in the guest blogging rules on the “write for us” page of many of the sites. This automatically disqualifies your post.

Poor formatting

Like I mentioned at the beginning of this post, bloggers are very busy; so most of them don’t have the time to proof read your article over and over again. They don’t have the patience to begin to try to reformat the content you formatted poorly. To save their time, they just dump the article in the bin.

You can see it is not the fault of the blogger that your posts are not accepted; it is actually your fault. If you avoid those pitfalls, the blog owner would jump at your offer because it has something useful for him and his readers. But poor formatting is one of the reasons your guest posts are sure to be rejected.

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Provide the quality a blogger wants in your content, follow the set rules, be sincere while presenting your offer and you are sure to get your guest posts published on even the best of blogs and websites.

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Efoghor Joseph Ezie is a Freelance writer, blogger, author and business manager. Efoghor loves writing a lot, especially about small business, blogging, SEO, Social media and affiliate marketing.Efoghor Joseph is the owner of http://www.bizsuccessguide.com ; so you can visit his blog if you have the time.

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  1. says

    Hello Joseph,

    Pretty good post. I just came by your blog and wanted to say that I’ve really liked browsing your blog posts.

    Guest Posting is a very time consuming Part because we just cannot write some crap on others blogs for getting links and traffic.

  2. Denis D. says

    I’m looking at guest blogging right now and learning the best ways to approach this method in order to be as effective as possible. Thanks for sharing your insights, I think I will take a step towards submitting some guest blogging proposals to a few blogs.

  3. Abhay says

    I think This is going to work . I have created a new blog but not tried guest posting yet. But in some days i will try and follow these steps . Hope this works. And thanks for this imp info

    • Efoghor Joseph Ezie says

      Abhay, there is no need to doubt yourself; just follow the tips in this post and pitch your guest post to any of the bloggers you love to guest post for. You will certainly succeed if you try. The only thing holding you back at the moment is fear; just conquer it and go ahead.

  4. says

    6. Maintain a high standard: High standard is needed now to make everyone know what you stand for. What kind of guest posts should be accepted? What is the quality of post and word count to accept? How often should you upgrade? What kinds of back links should you build? All these are necessary in order to earn the respect your blog deserves.

    • Efoghor Joseph Ezie says

      James, you’ve virtually said it all. High standard is the ultimate. This post would not be pulling the responses it has gotten if it were a poor one. When you guest post, be sure you are presenting one of your best works. People should see the uniqueness of your job and commend you. Quality must never be compromised if you want to make much impact in the blogosphere.

      Thanks for your contribution. Have a great and fruitful weekend ahead.

  5. says

    Just created a new blog one month ago. Not started gust blogging yet. I will defiantly like all those steps when I decide to start gust posting for other blogs. I know gust blogging is most important now a days for increase traffic, ranking, readers and many more. Overall, I like this post too much. Thanks.

    Mohammad Reaz

    • Efoghor Joseph Ezie says

      Reaz, thanks for liking my post. I am happy to hear the post is really helpful to a lot of people, including yourself. Guest posts are actually helpful to you in several ways, and in order to increase your popularity and credibility fast, you need to guest post.

      Following these tips would really help to minimize the rate at which your posts are rejected. Thanks for your valuable comment. Do have yourself a lovely weekend ahead.

  6. Karan Oberoi says

    What a wonderdull post written by efoghor no doubts in this the reasons he had provided above definitely gonna keep this in my mind while writting a guest post and ya well said duplicate content will make our blog reputation down. Thanks a Lot Mr Joseph for sharing these article.

    Karan Oberoi

    • Efoghor Joseph Ezie says

      Karan, thanks for your comment. I sincerely believe this tips would help you in writing guest posts in the future. It would be difficult for anyone to turn down your post if you play by the rules.

      Yes duplicate content must be avoided by all means because it is destructive to your self image. Google and other search engines hate it; even your readers also hate duplicate content.

  7. says

    I agree with your four points that you shared in your post. The topic of the post is why bloggers accepting the Guest Posting. Its true that they want to update and want to provide some material for readers on regular basis

    This is first and solid reason why bloggers are accepting the guest posting. I agree with this. Thanks for sharing your opinion

    • Efoghor Joseph Ezie says

      Abdul, thanks for your contribution. Our topic is actually about reasons why your guest posts would be rejected. It is true that bloggers accept guest posts in order to update their blogs. But whereby the quality of the post you submit to them is poor, it is likely your post would be rejected.

      There are other reasons your post could be rejected as well, including not obeying the rules of guest posting on the blog you are submitting your post to.

  8. Felix Lee says

    As a site owner, no matter how busy I may be, I would not want to accept guest posts that do not meet my qualifications. I worked hard for my site and I don’t want to compromise or take a risk on it because of a poor or duplicate content that might ruin my sites reputation.

    • Efoghor Joseph Ezie says

      Felix, you are quite right. A lot of blog owners think the same way you are thinking. It is not good to destroy the standard you have set for your blog over time, by accepting poor quality guest posts. If you care much about your readers, you will never publish whatever would not give them satisfaction and the right information.

  9. says

    Most of new blogger read some where that is guest posting helps you in SERP and starting guest posting on other blogs but do not pay attention on guest posting rules and rejected therefore guest post.
    Before Starting guest posting newbie must read this post.

    • Efoghor Joseph Ezie says

      Anna, you are totally correct. Some newbie bloggers are after links but they don’t have the time to check what the rules of the blog say. To get approved, one must read and follow the rules.

  10. Prithvi says

    Guest blogging is now a days a way to get some link. After Google launched these algo updates, spammers have started to try guest blogging because guest blogging gives the best authority links.

    This post highlighted nice ways for guest bloggers as well as the webmasters on how can someone find out a guest post is of low quality. Thanks. :)

    • Efoghor Joseph Ezie says

      Prithvi, Thanks for appreciating this post. I am happy to know it was really helpful to you.
      Do have a wonderful weekend.

  11. Yesh Quijano says

    Hey Efoghor,

    Awesome post. I would like to point out deception because I think that this is the most crucial and gravest factor in rejecting a guest post. Not only will plagiarized content will ruin a guest bloggers reputation, but it will also destroy your reputation too. That is why each guest post must pass through Copyscape or some other type of software.

    • Efoghor Joseph Ezie says

      Yesh, thanks for your contribution. It is true that plagiarized content destroys the reputation of both the host and the guest bloggers. It must be avoided at all cost.
      Guest post should be seen as an opportunity to showcase oneself. So every guest author should make sure he is presenting his best quality material and not what would dent his image.

  12. says

    Hello Joseph,
    Great Info , and i do agree with your info. Actually which you have told us about the Guest posting. Really That’s fact and we need to after the writing the post. i always check and your post should be also in right format. Thanks to you for remind me about the mistakes in Guest Posting.

    • Efoghor Joseph Ezie says

      Puneet, thanks for your valuable comment. Once you get the right things done, it would not be easy for anyone to turn down your guest post offer.

  13. Efoghor Joseph Ezie says

    Arbaz, thank God you discovered and corrected your mistakes earlier. So many of the blog owners are not dumb as some guest posters suppose. So instead of wasting your time writing what would be rejected, why not invest quality time to write quality post that would be published and add credibility to you?

  14. Helen says

    As I understand it Google is going to hit Guestblogging pretty hard in the future. There are industries out there, bashing out hundreds of guestposts a day as a pure seo-tactic. Why is everybody forgetting about the meaning of internet, sharing value.

  15. Arbaz Khan says

    Hey Efoghor,
    Nice post mate. I also was rejected once.
    Of course, that was my mistake as I had taken an article and rewritten it and submitted it on the blog. That was the first and the only mistake I committed when submitting a guest post. Apart from that all of guest posts have been published without any problems.
    Cheers :)

  16. says

    Hi Joseph,

    In as much as guest posting is effective, lots of people are now abusing it. One notable question for anyone to ask himself is: will this post be helpful and beneficial to the reader?

    Good tutorial post Joseph.

    • Efoghor Joseph Ezie says

      Khuji, thanks for your contribution. If a post is not helpful and beneficial to the readers, then it’s worthless publishing it on your blog.

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