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At some point it's an idle threat.
Isn't that what the nofollow attribute is for?
o Post your website topic here and buy as many as you like, that way others can fill the hole left by your site when it goes *poof*.
I have a site that was hit with a -50 after purchasing 2 links about 18 months ago. These links were purchased through a broker who assured us many times that nobody will find out. Guess what, 3 months later the site was hit with a -50 penalty. After the paid links were removed the rankings came right back in a few weeks.
I've never paid for a link. I don't do quid pro quo (ie. link exchange). I add links if there's value to my visitors (and my site) and respect those who link to my site for the same reason. These natural links, IMO, have greater value than over the long term anything which can be bought.
[edited by: martinibuster at 12:43 am (utc) on Apr 22, 2010]
[edit reason] No real life examples, please. See TOS. [/edit]
And I got to thinking about all the effort I put into hand building white hat, quality links.
if a large part of the ranking algorithms are based on links.
They don't neccessarily 'ban' sites