I saw the update the other day and tbh I'm really worried now.
Links embedded in widgets that are distributed across various sites
I have been using this as part of linking strategy for one of the sites that I'm working on, and the funny thing is that I've always assumed this was legitimate because I was providing value...lots of value in fact. I've got a range of cool tools and widgets that I place on RELEVANT sites.
So, what would you suggest? Should I panic and remove all the widgets?
Another thing. Are the badges out of favour as well? You know how some people are staging "fake" competitions and awarding badges to bloggers. Like, "you've been selected as the Top blue widgets blogger. Here's your reward - a badge that you should display on your sidebar..." :)
This example is obviously manipulative but then what about legitimate badges like "Approved Supplier" or "Regulated by..."?
What potential problem areas do you see?
I think one fine morning we'll wake up to a new guidelines update that will make guest posting illegal...