The sad thing about this is Google is smart enough to simply ignore those links in those types of sites yet they choose not to and instead try to get people to jump up and down and follow their every command.
This is why I'm so glad I no longer give a flip about Google or what they do.
If they don't like my sites, it's their loss not mine.
Not to mention they turned a supporter into an active hater who tells anybody and everybody that switching to another search engine and dropping all Google services is the smartest thing they can do.
I don't use anything Google provides and do not ever having any intention of doing so.
Believe it or not you can have a thriving business without Google having to be a part of it.