CainIV - 6:18 am on Jul 8, 2011 (gmt 0)
As soon as you start with the words 'we use a crawler' (and many of the top firms do), you've got artificial.
Sure, but the meaning depends on the context of "crawler" and the context of where that automation is used. There is nothing wrong with automation depending on where it is used.
We use a crawler to link prospect because a machine can sort results by keyword, and do some pretty impressive automated things much faster than any human can.
That doesn't say anything about the type of link being developed, the method of developing it. It only speaks to how the research was acquired.
But point is well made and is a good one Wheel. There are less of us who care about long term quality inbound links from truly exceptional sources.
I think it has really become a case of the ones who are doing it and knowing how to do it well being very reluctant to share too much advice based on the fact that so many others have switched to the flavor of the day.