Planet13 - 6:18 pm on May 25, 2012 (gmt 0)
Should iAcquire do the same?
Yes, they should.
Reading through the comments on the blog, there appears to be lots of disgruntled website owners who are upset with iAcquire - not because they were buying links, but because those website owners had received so many pushy emails from iAcquire asking them to host paid links.
So I think that any argument of innocence might result in a lot of annoyed webmasters posting those solicitation eamils publicly to refute iAcquire's protestations.
I don't think that iAcquire can weasel their way out of this, and although i don't think that google holds a personal grudge*, I doubt that labeling google's actions as "a hissy fit" will in anyway expedite removing the ban.
*It could be that iAcquire is being made an example of to try and thwart the state of rampant link buying, but again, that would be different from a "personal" vendetta. On the other hand, maybe somebody on the google spam team got tired of receiving all the email solicitations and thought that this is the only way they would stop receiving those kinds of emails from iAcquire.