robster124 - 5:39 pm on Aug 21, 2013 (gmt 0)
I am going to wait and see whether I do indeed get a torrent of these.
I have checked a few of the sites that have asked me to remove the link to them and arguably they do look a bit keyword stuffed and over-seo'd so perhaps that fact COMBINED with my link is tripping the filter.
I can definitely do nofollow but I've always been a big fan of keeping things as simple as possible and this just introduces a whole new layer of complexity that can be hard to keep track of. I've had a very stable and good SERP ranking for years now and my philosophy is not to try and rock the boat with large search engine targeted changes.
And FWIW @bluntforce:
"Doesn't anyone else see how bizarre this has become? We have to remove links that may not be appropriate, unless they are appropriate and you just screwed yourself over by trashing your links.
Screw Google. Do what makes sense for you.
If you actually read their guidelines, that's exactly what they say."
- I couldnt agree more wholeheartedly. I made a new years resolution this year to concentrate entirely on content generation and building out my websites rather than fiddling with design and coding - this whole mess has the potential to suspend all of that and drag me down a hole.
I'm not as stupid or stubborn to say to just ignore google but as far as I can see this is real sad and rather boring state of affairs.