fathom - 2:11 pm on May 22, 2013 (gmt 0)
So I believe this means that simply having links to your site in a forum is not counted against the site. That makes no sense anyway.
But it does seem to say that if you make a spammy post, and your URL is the subject of that spam, then baby, you'd better be selling Viagra!
I would suggest you are somewhat right... but somewhat wrong.
It is agreed that the more you emulate webspam, specifically the webspam PENGUIN is designed to detect the more change you will have at being detected.
But the definition of webspam isn't limited to just your idea of "MASSIVELY SPAMMINESS"... Google could write down a million examples of webspam and that would be the short list...
Google also states, with complete clarity & certainty, that manipulating its results comes in many forms. Footer links are a great example... they don't say web designer citations so much of the web designer community think that "site designed by XXXX Company" is within Google's TOS... but they would be wrong. Google hints at that by suggesting "never link to an SEO"... why is one exclusive service defined as webspam and a different non-exclusive service ok?
It isn't ... but as I stated Google could write down a million examples of webspam and that would be the short list... they stopped at a few. I'm reminded of the days of "doorway pages" when Traffic Power didn't use those... they had "See Pages"... since Google's guidelines never mentioned "See Pages" those must not violate Google's TOS... come to find out Google disagreed with that assumption.
A large-scale systematic plan or arrangement for attaining some particular object or putting a particular idea into effect.
Make plans, esp. in a devious way or with intent to do something illegal or wrong.
Part is the part you need to worry about.
Since "SIGNATURE LINKS" tend not to be directly related to the post or the thread of posts... even a single sig link can be equally damaging... e.g. webspamming thousands of forums with largely thin content, poor quality content, or auto-generated content so you can acquire the identical "1" sig link... 100s, 1000s, or 10s of thousands of times over... is equally as bad.