wheel - 1:09 am on Apr 9, 2010 (gmt 0)
Well, that's what I've always said. But year after year after year, with no real response from Google other than yet another post on Matt Cutt's blog about BAD DOG! NO PAID LINKS!....
Another post by Matt Cutt, in a long line of similiar posts, well, at what point do we realize they ain't doing anything?
Worse, all the serious contenders in my niche use paid links in one form or another. Directories, blatent paid link networks, theme sponsorship, etc. They've been ranking for years doing this, except me.
Am I to expect that I wake up one day (probably years in the future) and they're all gone but me, and a bunch of other sites? And so on, across everyone's niche? What does that serve - it's not like the serps are bad, they work perfectly fine even with paid links helping to rank.
I'm not seeing either the benefit to Google to 'fix' this. In addition, after this many years of no change, at what point does an expectation of change become minimal? I'm starting to get there now.