fathom - 2:53 pm on Jul 16, 2011 (gmt 0)
Google really is shooting to be money proof, buying links may not help at all.
I've been doing links of all types since 1998 and can tell you (in my experience) Google itself sucks at uncovering link buying practices or the domains that have them.
While they maintain they don`t use the reports of others directly to handle paid links... I have lots of evidence in my own developments that suggests that is completely untrue.
I have gone years without Google uncovering anything - algorithmically.
I have been busted 2 months in a row because I have a fan that monitors and reports what he finds to Google.
All of that only makes it easier to do this because there is a major disconnect between what Google implies and what can actually detect.
So long as people live on Google`s word they won`t ever test it to see if it is true.