I'm pretty sure that I never got paid for posting, so there was just the sidebar to check. I found a couple of links leading to articles I wrote with both educational and commercial intent as well. I consider these valuable resources so there's no need to report or nofollow them.
Next in the "What I read" section I didn't find a suitable procedure to report that "Books, tons of books" includes commercial stuff like database manuals and other publications with a clearly commercial message. I paid for all these books ... sigh.
Ok, next the blogroll. Again, all links point to good resources, nothing to report. Under the search box there's a link to Technorati which I can't nofollow because it's put by Technorati's script. Technorati sends me traffic, I use Technorati for research, so probably this link is fine and counts as honest recommendation, although it functions as a traffic deal too.
Checking the "Links and Folks" section I found a not that related link pointing to bikes for sale at OCC. Well, I really like OCC bikes, and this is my personal blog, so why shouldn't I link out to a resource unrelated to search and Web development? Hmmmm ... perhaps I should ask Google for permission to dofollow this somewhat commercial link before I receive a free bike in return.
Both the MBL widget as well as the Twitter badge are put client sided, plus both were free of commercial links, at least last time I looked. End of sidebar, I didn't find serious fodder for a paid link report, could that be true?
Wait ... I missed the header, and luckily there's a big fat paid link:
With this link I pay Google for Blogger's services and hosting, and it is not nofollow'ed. Dammit, I can't nofollow it myself, so here's my paid links spam report:
Ok, seriously I think that Google can discount commercial links because that's how Google's cookie crumbles. And I perfectly understand that Matt asks for a few samples of paid links Google has not yet discovered to fine tune Google's algos. However, I fear that this call for paid-links-spam-reports will result in massive abuse of the form I use to report webspam that really annoys me because it disturbs my search results. I'm happy that it's pretty easy to filter out abusive reports filed to damage a competitor's rankings marked with "paidlinks" once Matt's team has collected enough examples.
Tags: Search Engine Optimization (SEO) Google paid links spam reports
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