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This is a solid PR strategy that has stood the test of time, so who are they to say that it's no longer an option? It's not like it was spamming or black-hat, so why not let it be?
Am I to be penalised for what's been going on for years in every industry on every continent?
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[edited by: Andy_Langton at 12:12 am (utc) on Feb 23, 2013]
[edit reason] Please use language appropriate for a professional's forum [/edit]
So when I offer products to review to bloggers and get a backlink I will be banned?
it is pretty rare for bloggers to use keyword anchor text unless it is requested
Why not let it be?
[edited by: Sgt_Kickaxe at 7:34 am (utc) on Feb 24, 2013]