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[edited by: aakk9999 at 6:55 pm (utc) on May 27, 2014]
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So now Im a spammer because I have my website linked in my signature?
...can be taking into account by both our algorithms and our manual web-spam teams.
That noted, I'd certainly stop posting signature links.
So now forum links can be added to the ways available to bring down a competitor. Things like this make me feel helpless. I simply don't have the time (or the know-how) to track down and monitor every back link, so I am at the mercy of Google and whoever decides they would like to devalue my website. :(
That is not what g is talking about now - this is new. It is new and designed to sell AdWords and hurt SEO's. Nothing to come from the Google algo now or in the future should be seen in any other light.
IMO, promotional signatures, whether linked or not, and whether nofollow or dofollow, end up distorting the nature of posting.
The latest SE gaming with links seems to be compromised Joomla/Wordpress site with links that are only visible to search engines. The people who have compromised the links change the links periodically and it seems that Google cannot even deal with such a simple issue as this and Payday loan spam. Most of the site owners would be unaware that their site has been compromised.
What remains, apart from the relatively rare spam link here and there that slips by, are links that the forum administrators and the moderators approve of.
Hidden links, which change often, is something that I believe the Russian paid link network "Sape" does. I'm not saying those sites you saw are not compromised, but it sounds like the same MO Sape reportedly uses.These seem to be compromised sites rather than part of a paid link network.
Maybe now more then ever is time to place a banner over every website we own... something that reads along these lines: "Care about freedom of information?...stop using Google search!"
Every few months, they pick one and tell us we'd better stop, 'cos, you know...
Would anyone ever have figured out that links are valuable ... if google hadn't told us?