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Don't like their terms, don't use it --- no one is entitled to someone else's work outside of the conditions they give.
[edited by: goodroi at 9:00 am (utc) on Sep 9, 2016]
[edit reason] Let's keep the language on a professional level :) [/edit]
You speak of "terms" and "conditions," both of which, by definition mean that those "terms" and "conditions" compel others to link. Being forced to link is not a freely given link. Being forced to do something is the very definition of coercion.
One would have to be <snip>in denial to not see how "terms" and "conditions" preclude a link from being defined as freely given.
[edited by: goodroi at 12:53 pm (utc) on Sep 9, 2016]
[edit reason] Cleaning up unprofessional language [/edit]
[edited by: goodroi at 5:25 pm (utc) on Sep 9, 2016]
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Umm, don't the links on G's own Adsense publisher ad banners fit this profile? The ones we have no control over and say "Ad Choices"? Or other provider PPC ads.
If a website is using your widget and if the widget points back to the website which is providing the information then what is the problem? The webmaster is endorsing the content by using the widget. They don't have to use the widget and as long as the link is visible and points back to the provider then this should be valid.
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As if you didn't know this already, Google has now made it abundantly clear that spammy, keyword-rich, hidden, or low quality links in widgets violate Google's Webmaster Guidelines.
But the widgets i have seen in my niche are loaded with links that are not visible and were obviously created to spam the search engines. A link to pull the info is one thing, but when that link is followed by anchor text links that contribute nothing, it becomes spam.
I am guessing that since we were warned not to use them it must mean they, spammy links, still work?
Today we would like to reiterate our policy on the creation of keyword-rich, hidden or low-quality links embedded in widgets that are distributed across various sites.
Seen plenty of non tech savvy website owners falling for the widget-link-scheme thinking they are actually doing something useful for their viewers, while in fact is 99% of the widgets are created for the sole purpose of acquiring easy links (be it optimized or not).
Sure, but the widgetmaker's motive doesn't change the fact that the widget may be useful. The "non tech savvy website owners" who use such widgets are using them because they add value for their visitors.
Seen plenty of non tech savvy website owners falling for the widget-link-scheme thinking they are actually doing something useful for their viewers, while in fact is 99% of the widgets are created for the sole purpose of acquiring easy links (be it optimized or not).Very clear that you don't know where you are talking about
A link that is forced by "terms" and "conditions" is never "just like a regular link." That is not a vote for the content of the site that makes the widget.