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[edited by: aakk9999 at 6:55 pm (utc) on May 27, 2014]
[edit reason] typo [/edit]
[edited by: fumanchu at 2:34 pm (utc) on Jun 4, 2014]
I encourage everybody to pick an alternate search engine and then link to it on your site somewhere in a prominent location on your pages. Put a graphic and a little blurb that encourages your visitors to try the other search engine.
As long as forum sig links, forum link drops, guest blogging links, etc. are effective one direction [positive], or the other [negative] they will continue to be used. The only difference is who uses them, the site owner or the competition.
Maybe Google will announce, one of these days, that Penguin has been incorporated into the main algorithm, a la Panda.
Google doesn't like link spam, and dropping links to your site in forums is just another form of link spam.
I don't see how it is any different than how google treats link directories, FFA links, blog comment spam, guest blogging for links, etc.
So if the links are nofollow, you probably have nothing to worry about. And if they flow page rank, well, what were you expecting?
[edited by: JD_Toims at 5:50 am (utc) on Jun 6, 2014]
"Maybe Google will announce, one of these days, that Penguin has been incorporated into the main algorithm, a la Panda."
Matt and Amit and Vanessa Fox all say that Panda was a PLATFORM update - and not just an algorithm update
I can see where your interpretation comes in, but I think I'll stick to my belief that Panda and Penguin are independent parts of a larger algorithm.
In any case, an "architecture," a "platform," and "independent parts of an algorithm" can be different words or phrases for the same thing.