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Is Technorati feeling the Google heat?
Written by David Harry
Tuesday, 16 July 2013 13:43

Ok, so yesterday I was reporting about some potential red flags in the world of guest posting. Today we found something that might just be related to that over on Threadwatch.

The thread details an email that went out to Technorati authors that submit posts over on TechCrunch. It goes like this;

"Sorry, but we're not going to publish writer submitted pieces any longer. We're moving in a new direction and are only leveraging content produced from the editorial staff. We're focusing on linking to some of the top blogs in our directory (after all, this is what TR is known for). We want to highlight all the interesting bloggers, their content, creative videos and more.

Please ensure you've listed your own blog in Technorati, to provide the opportunity for us to review it's content as well. The editorial team appreciates your submissions and hard work in the past. Please feel free to contact Executive Editor Don Martelli at <REDACTED> if you have any questions."

Member 'GrowMap' says,

Most likely they are afraid of Google's Penguin, too, or may have already been hit. They probably won't say that is why, though. And they have always been selective about what outgoing links they allow in their content. “

And in another instance over the last while, Search Engine Journal nuked the links in author bios.

One has to wonder if some of the issues surrounding how Google might be treating not only 'guest posts' and authors, but also UGC (user created content). We've seen a few penalties of late on that kinda stuff as well. Or hey, maybe they're just trying to get more peeps in the directory. Unsure.

What's your take?

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+1 #1 Ann Smarty 2013-07-16 13:59
Hmmm I don't recall saying that

My opinion about the whole thing is that SEOs should stop fueling the heat and picking up to Googlers' words (the poor guys don't know what to say already) and making up "red flags"...

The only obvious flag they are using is obvious abuse of anchor text (guilty of that myself)...
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0 #2 James 2013-07-16 14:16
I noticed that Moz has been playing around with the Author section on all posts too. They said it was technical changes they were doing.

But yeah I think it is a sign of things to come regarding guest blogging ect.
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0 #3 David Harry 2013-07-16 14:32
@Ann - ah feckn crap, was 'GrowMap' lol. Sorry. Fixed.

Anyway, I really don't see how author bio's are going to cause much grief for the legit news outlet. Methinks that's a bit over-board. More likely is the 'post drop' and link drop angle. We've seen a few cases of UGC stuff getting whacked, might play in as well.

Although, overly committed exact match anchors could be an issue, I know this is apparently the case for forum sigs. It's not a far reach to see an author bio that's active on a site being treated in that manner. Time will tell.

Hey, if you read that TC statement in a non-SEO capacity, reads like it's a play to build up the directory as well....

@James - as I was musing yesterday in the other post, there are indeed commonalities in low quality guest blog post drops. But I am not entirely convinced this will be the case for authors on news sites (consistent, not guest posters).

It will likely come back to authority (site and author) and trust (of same).
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0 #4 Michael Martinez 2013-07-16 14:37
Am I the only who is concerned by the requirement to get Technorati to list a blog? Aren't they like on life support or something?
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0 #5 David Harry 2013-07-16 14:41
looool... yea, the glory days are long gone. Maybe a cash donation will help...
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0 #6 TJ Welsh 2013-07-16 14:42
My guess is they are just watching more closely the type of content that gets posted on the site. That way they can avoid any issues in the future. You'll probably be seeing a lot more of this from other sites as well like Huffington Post, Mashable ect since they "allow" certain content for the right amount of money :-* . Thanks for the insights. It will be interesting to see what other companies tighten things up.
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0 #7 Mike Wilton 2013-07-16 16:34
I hope blogs/sites don't start going crazy about pulling author links and the like. I think most bloggers who are regular contributors to sites are going to be ok. I believe what Google is going to be looking for are unnatural looking links in content from guest bloggers. Highly targeted anchor text in posts across the web on sites that may not be related, or are by an un-authoritative author. But that's just my take. The problem with Penguin is that its causing SEO's and webmasters alike to give up on giving or getting links and its killing the web.
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0 #11 بازی 2014-07-03 09:10
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0 #12 دانلود 2014-07-03 09:11
looool... yea, the glory days are long gone. Maybe a cash donation will help...
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