indyank - 5:11 pm on Feb 17, 2011 (gmt 0) [edited by: indyank at 5:13 pm (utc) on Feb 17, 2011]
How do you define "manipulate"? If you ask me any link is intended to pass PR and to a few, it may appear to have been manipulated...
What is important is whether google considers it as a manipulation or not.
How about guest posts? You do that to pass page rank to your page? Is that manipulation?
But I do agree that someone from google will be the best to answer this.
[edited by: indyank at 5:13 pm (utc) on Feb 17, 2011]