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So, I'd like to bring this back to the table for discussion.
I'm under the assumption Google has tackled blog COMMENT link spam, and has now figured out how to pretty much nullify the effectiveness of such.
What I'm interested in is your thoughts on how Google treats links inside of actual blog posts made by legit bloggers who decide they should link to a site because it's topically relevant to the post itself.
How do you think Google defines a legitimate blog?
Are links from legitimage blog posts counted the same way a link from a "authority" site of the same caliber (PR) would be?
Are there any blog formats (ie-blogger, typepad, livejournal, etc) where we know for sure that ALL links within that system are nullified?
... has now figured out how to pretty much nullify the effectiveness of such.
So have many bloggers. I can only speak for WordPress, but that now comes complete with an effective anti-comment-spam plugin. I doubt if Google treats blogs any differently to any other site, CMS, etc. When it comes down to it, a blog is just another website - spam or not. Spam is spam. And some blogs are now becoming "authority".
During the course of the years, we have always seen with Google how the tweaks to protect the index have affected a certain ammount of legitimate webmasters (or bloggers). There is nothing you can do about that, apart from follow the flow and find new ways to do things.
ps: by the way, it is a pleasure to be back here. As always a true exchange of knowledge, expertise and good will!