Stupid people & stupid link schemes
Every so often I get an email from someone who thinks that he's invented the best thing since sliced bread as far as blogs, WordPress and SEO go. In most cases, they call themselves "contextual partners", "related websites" or something else that already gets my spam senses tingling.
Then, they'll start telling on their sites how their wonderful system helped sites get from PageRank 0 to 5 in one month, or helped increase Google rankings. Just how stupid do you think Google is? Or, for that matter, the competitors of the people whose ranking you're boosting?
For god sake, they even give examples of sites that are using their plugin, and add in a link to their own plugins page. How much of a footprint do you want to give Google? How much time do you think Google will need when they get only one spam report, to WIPE OUT your entire network?
So, if you're considering using something like this: DON'T. If you're running a network like this: start searching for a day job, this won't work for long. Start reading about the Digital Point COOP network, and how Google cracked down on that, and draw your own conclusions. Huge sites were completely removed from the index for taking part in it, this COULD happen to these sites as well.
I usually don't write about stuff like this, but when I saw, when looking through it, that even John Chow had a post on how this was great stuff, I just wanted to let all of you know that it's NOT a good thing. Don't do it, ever. It's not worth it.
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