martinibuster - 9:26 pm on Jan 21, 2012 (gmt 0)
But this seems like somewhat of a new (and cheap) technique
Not new. Forum profile building has been around for quite a few years now. Software to accomplish that has been around for longer. I see these kinds of links getting built and except for very niche longtail terms where the barrier to entry is somewhat low, I rarely ever see this working.
The glory days of push button link building have passed. Many of the pioneers of that kind of promotion have moved on because it stopped working. Every major push button marketer I know has moved on to more complicated routines or servicing clients. That says a lot. Some are still pushing the envelope but it's not as simple as Mongo push button. Mongo get Link. Buttons are still getting pushed but that's in the service of battling this year's algorithm not the one from six years ago.
This is not new. It is old. Very old. Now that it's burned out the software is trickling down to those on the bottom rung of Internet marketing. Do you really think it's smart to be at the tail-end of a marketing trend that is many years past it's prime?
As much as people will probably reply here in 'denial' & 'disgust'
Moral judgements are not a part of this forum. We discuss whether something works and what kind of marketer it is appropriate for.
Getting back to the topic under discussion:
Do automated programs still work ?
1. The original movers have moved on.
2. The old obsolete software has trickled down to where the marketers are "all toothless and dry haired like those hag masses of the 18th century," as Gregory Corso described the lowest level of city life. In other words, the software on offer is years and years old once it makes it to the beer-budget level.
3. Button pushing has evolved in response to the algorithm. The buttons people are pushing now has more to do with (in general, in no particular order, and leaving out specifics):
A. Automating the process of identifying link prospects
C. Quality research
D. Competitive intelligence
In other words, it's understanding the link building process and putting technology to use in scaling the process. So to answer the question, automation works, but not at the level of Mongo push button/Mongo get links. The game has changed.