Matt Cutt’s recently blogged about how Google’s taking action to discredit websites that are selling links to websites that want to gain higher SERPs. To sum it all up, Google provides a public spam report link (https://www.google.com/webmasters/tools/spamreport?hl=en) where anyone can report a website for selling web links. Ideally this would. But we don’t live an idea, we live in reality. That said, it’s hard to imagine how and why Google thought that the public would take care of this “link selling infestation” that’s screwing with their search engine.
This method will fail. I wrote on Matt’s blog saying,
I hate to be a drag b/c I love almost anything that involves Google and I think they’re a great company in general – but this method of “filtering” out will be abused by exactly the same people that Google doesn’t want indexed, let alone selling links.
Just watch the sabotage take fold.
And I still stand by that statement. Just watch.