Planet13 - 6:11 pm on Jun 27, 2011 (gmt 0)
Google spokespeople have said that the algorithm only counts natural backlinks that are created by other people without any involvement on your part.
With all due respect, that is, as far as I can tell, one of the LEAST accurate statements google has made about the way their own algorithm works.
If I were allowed to post links in this forum, I could show google how about 8 of the top 10 sites returned in the SERPs for a two-word phrase rely on unnatural link building. Heck, since the other two sites in the top 10 are an ehow and a wikipedia page, we could say that they rank by unnatural INTERNAL link building.
I could also show google a few sites with great natural links that are slowly but consistently losing ground in the SERPs - and these are competitors' sites, not mine, so I am not whining about some perceived injustice against my site.
Also, we have the Sears incident that pretty much disproves google's statement - although in the case of Sears they were at least getting in content links, as opposed to blog comments and directory listings and forum profiles, etc - at least as far as we know.