Confessions receives a penalty from Google
March 20, 2014 — Confessions of the Professions was started about a year ago and is dedicated to understanding the workplace, jobs, and careers. We originally were only looking for confessions from workers who were distraught or who loved their jobs, but expanded to include articles, infographics, and ebooks. We manually read over every article to ensure it is high quality and relevant to the website. We do refuse many articles per week, but we also accept many as well.
Several weeks ago, Matt Cutts of Google, announced that Guest Blogging would no longer be a relevant way to obtain any link status or could not be a way for any company, business, or individual to obtain links to their website. Appropriate Guest Blogging would now have to include nofollow links.
In order to abide with guidelines as best as it could, Confessions of the Professions has added the nofollow tag to ALL links on ALL articles. As a result, all content within articles, infographics, ebooks, including About the Author or Author Bylines is affected. Links to Social Media sites such as Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, YouTube, etc. will not receive a nofollow tag and remain unaffected. Any links within future articles will all be nofollow by default. The Author Website will also receive a nofollow link by default. We may, at our discretion, remove the nofollow link from the Author Website.
While we want to apologize to our contributors, we do feel that being un-penalized and receiving traffic from Google far outranks a follow link. This will allow our articles to gain more exposure and give any article precedence over any links within them. If you are deterred away from contributing, we understand. However, we do want to let you know that by continuing to contribute to Confessions of the Professions, you will still receive traffic from our website to your article and your links.
We apologize for any websites that were affected by ours. We are willing to work with all authors who wish to remove their articles from our website. If you are still interested in contributing, we are very thankful for your service.
UPDATE: March 23, 2014 — Confessions of the Professions is no longer receiving a penalty from Google.