jmccormac - 9:57 am on Feb 13, 2013 (gmt 0)
Nothing scares SEOs more than some crazy cult ideas about the great god Google and its magic algorithm. :) It is the blanket approach that is, from what I can see, causing problems because rather than verifying what is a good link and what is not, some SEOs are just hitting every site. Thus sites with stable, long-lived links (10 years or so) are getting e-mails from these SEOs. Now from a search engine developer point of view, this is a very dangerous thing. Generally when a long-lived link disappears from a site's link ecology, it is an alarm signal that the quality of the site may have dropped or the site has been hacked or changed ownership.