In March, we reported that Google had penalized guest blogging network MyBlogGuest for their failure to comply with the search giant’s guidelines. Namely, they prohibited the addition of “rel=’nofollow'” attributes to links provided by guest bloggers, despite Google’s vocal recommendation to the contrary (and despite my warning two months earlier). To this day, MyBlogGuest does not show up in Google search results for their brand name or related keywords. This move led to a huge wave of controversy throughout the somewhat grey-hat SEO community.

MyBlogGuest founder Ann Smarty has since launched MyBlogU, a community that seems to be a sugarcoated clone of the original service as a means to bypass the Google penalty.

The interface is strikingly similar, right down to the homepage:

The functionality is largely similar as well. Like MyBlogGuest, MyBlogU allows publishers to submit article requests, or “Projects,” which guest bloggers can write in exchange for attribution—presumably in the form of a link. There doesn’t seem to be a database of guest posts, though, which was a key feature of MBG. New to this platform are Interviews and Media (such as infographics, with ebooks and videos “coming soon”). The “Brainstorm” section also has a HARO feel to it (with an SEO slant, of course).

The service describes itself as “the only content marketing platform that educates AND gives you the tools to accomplish all your content marketing goals.”

I don’t blame Ann for being persistent. After all, Google has the power to destroy businesses—a power I’m sure she knows all too well. But the communities of MyBlogGuest and MyBlogU likely overlap significantly, so my question is this: won’t the same spammy tactics emerge on this platform as well?

I couldn’t find any information on the site regarding nofollow/dofollow links. I’d like to think the team learned their lesson (they do allow nofollow links on MBG now), but I can’t be sure. Either way, knowing Ann Smarty’s firm anti-nofollow stance, I expect MyBlogU to become another breeding ground for blog spam—if not through guest posts, through interviews and media.