Planet13 - 3:59 pm on Jan 18, 2012 (gmt 0)
...and so long as you continue to invest in quality content and 'clean' link building, it works...
This is where the disagreement comes in :)
While I would tend to AGREE with Almighty Monkey on this point, there are several on this forum that would say that google is ignoring the blasted links and the site in question is ranking BECAUSE the SEO continued to "invest in quality content and 'clean' link building."
If you look for a thread called "Why Build Links" which is at here:
You can see a few different opinions on the effectiveness of spam links. I would specifically point out you read this post by martinibuster that starts with this:
"Could mean the barrier to entry is low...."
And this post by CainIV:
I've also seen (recently) a top competitor dropped about 25 pages (to date. My initial conclusion after studying this competitor is that the 5000 inbound unrelated links from spam blogs and auto generated comments sort of killed it for them.
To get some dissenting opinions on the value of spam links.
I would take anything said by martinibuster or CainIV VERY seriously.