Whitey - 10:30 pm on Jun 12, 2013 (gmt 0)
Matt Cutts expressed difficulties about exposing all of the offending links to a site as it might provide spammers with a tool to abuse. Not sure I understand that, but I do hope that the upcoming communications provide significant insight into what Google classifies as "bad".
DS: How do we know what links count anymore?
MC: Your rant last year was good. A press release link — you’re paying $100 for a link. That shouldn’t count. But making a good site that earns links is what you want. One kind of link will stand the test of time and one won’t.
Matt points to Apple as a company that focuses on great experience for users, and they’re doing well. Encourages audience to think that way. [searchengineland.com...]
Clearly Google cannot identify every bad link, but the problem is that webmasters can't be sure what Google likes in the "gray" area.
Links IMO are a nightmare for both Google and webmasters to play in, IMO, but .....
How are you going to handle "gray" links that Google might misinterpret as manipulative or paid?