JS_Harris - 5:00 pm on Jul 31, 2013 (gmt 0)
Was that always in there? I have a Technorati profile that links to my site because that's how Technorati worked in 2007, should I shut it down? Is that even wise since if I shut it down someone else can claim my site and then it's totally out of my control?
Additionally, creating links that weren’t editorially placed or vouched for by the site’s owner on a page, otherwise known as unnatural links, can be considered a violation of our guidelines
Hmmmm... Are G+ profiles that link to your site not outside the new guidelines? Also, with these new warnings, should we not worry about our competitors creating link spam for us on various sites using their tools?
Possible Solution: Disavow file?
If you do not use a particular service then is it wise to add it to a disavow file proactively in order to protect yourself from spam?
Popular Web 2.0 sites, user generated content sites like squidoo and hubpages, article marketing sites, social networks, press release sites etc. The places where automated software typically inserts links are a concern because Google's new guidelines seems to suggest these may be a problem moving forward. As always if Google says it's 'bad' then spammers will start doing it against their competitors.