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Define "now" Last week, yesterday, over a period of a few months? I for one will jump for joy when Google downgrades many of those article sites. Probably one of the reasons their CEO has called the web a sewer.
Long term? Not in my opinionn.
Will you lose rankings because of it? Well you might if those now-filtered links were giving you a boost previously.
I don't think it will harm your site though because it would be too easy to harm competitors doing this.
Also, with same logic, what about adding comments in blogs with the right link in it? Does this practice is or might be filtered by Google?
I think that once you reach first positions in a way or in an other, even if it drops later, that can only be good for your website. Because, as long as you are in first position, then, you will have more chances of having natural back links, don't you think?
"...as long as you are in first position, then, you will have more chances of having natural back links, don't you think? "
Visibility never hurts along with good content worth linking to.
Both would be published with links back to the site in the context of good copy - all helping with the SEO performance.
Guide and article sites may get small penalties from time to time, but the general high quality of content tends to overcome the flotsam.