Roolio - 2:51 am on Aug 12, 2011 (gmt 0)
If you were working at Google and did a hand review of a site that was ranking due to large amounts of blog comments, what would you think of that?
I think after all these years of SEO you are now misinterpreting and missing the point(and I can join you in this sometimes) on what Google really wants; sites in their rankings which give their users what they want.
Although I personally prefer to go for the more white hat route, I've seen sites with a massive amount of hidden backlinks rank for the top 5 keywords in the business. Many of those hidden backlinks even show up in the first page results of Google URL Link search or Yahoo Site Explorer, out in the open for anyone to see. BUT, and here it comes, the sites have EVERYTHING that a user could look for. They're legit, relevant, easy to navigate, well-designed sites with the content on it that Google users search for. Do you think Google wants a worse site to have higher rankings as a much better site, just because the worse site uses legitimate backlinking methods? Do you think ANY Google user will complain except for other webmasters who're into SEO?