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Old 01-19-2007, 02:42 AM
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Paid links should be illegal?

Since launching our contextual links service, some folks have brought up the inevitable moral issue.

Still others have suggested that link buying should be illegal.

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I personally believe buying links is illegal, which then makes the ethical and moral discussions moot.
http://www.soloseo.com/blog/2007/01/...l-is-it-legal/
 
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Old 01-19-2007, 02:53 AM
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I can't agree with that buying links is illegal, because just site owner know what links are there on his site.
 
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Old 01-19-2007, 03:01 AM
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Yeah, it's a rather extreme view.
 
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Old 01-19-2007, 03:05 AM
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lol, half the webmaster in jail, that's a big news... Me the first...
 
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Old 01-19-2007, 05:15 AM
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Well not at all cant we even advertise on the internet?
 
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Old 01-19-2007, 08:44 AM
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Extreme Views = Linkbait. Heh, and you linked to him, so it worked.

Maybe I should do a blog post on how linkbaiting is immoral and should be illegal...
 
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Old 01-19-2007, 08:54 AM
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There's no law stating that it is illegal to buy/sell links, therefore I think that individual has either choosen the wrong word, or is just plain daft.
 
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Old 01-19-2007, 12:06 PM
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Hehhe, Google is doing that with their adsense/adwords business, and you can't even fully control what they put on your site.

If selling links on your site was illegal, no one could sell ad space, or buy it.

 
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Old 01-19-2007, 12:14 PM
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Extreme Views = Linkbait. Heh, and you linked to him, so it worked.

Maybe I should do a blog post on how linkbaiting is immoral and should be illegal...
Yes it worked pretty well, nice linkbait. Do you know if this guy work for a news channel or similar? it is well know how these guys make news when they don't have anything else to say.
 
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Old 01-19-2007, 12:51 PM
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Hehhe, Google is doing that with their adsense/adwords business, and you can't even fully control what they put on your site.

If selling links on your site was illegal, no one could sell ad space, or buy it.

I have to agree with this, how could you possibly make advertising your site illegal? Its googles responsibility to come up with an effective search engine that adapts to the current web situation.
 
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Old 01-19-2007, 03:36 PM
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Its googles responsibility to come up with an effective search engine that adapts to the current web situation.
Yep, and that is not what they are doing. They are penalizing the competition to their advertise service and that's not just ethically wrong, in any other busyness this indeed would be illegal.

There are laws against agressively dominating a niche, they are called monopoly, anti cartel and anti trust laws and Google is walking on thin ice with their practise of penalizing websites for selling links while they dominate the link selling market themselves.

I think that the only reason that they are getting away with it is because no one has sued them yet.
 
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And, if they sued Google...they'd be going up against a monster....
 
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Ironically, they advertise an automatied link building service on their homepage. The following is a quote:

" Long hours and tedious work is what it takes for effective link building. But link building can be easier. Our Link Search tool makes it easy to create queries to easily find links, then use the Link Build It! tool to analyze the strength of a link, and then easily add the link to Link Manager and track its progress through the link building cycle."

Here's my punch line:

So they are providing a link service that is not even "contextual".. lol
 
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I started a thread in another forum, but alas, I find you here. Do you have an example of the contextual links you are promoting?
 
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Link Buying, illegal? haha

Strong words for a business area created by Google because of their algorithms.

I would be more concerned with:
In Nebraska, It is illegal for bar owners to sell beer unless they are simultaneously brewing a kettle of soup.

Link

.... enough said.
 
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Link Buying, illegal? haha

Strong words for a business area created by Google because of their algorithms.

I would be more concerned with:
In Nebraska, It is illegal for bar owners to sell beer unless they are simultaneously brewing a kettle of soup.

Link

.... enough said.
how is that **** actually real? Holy crap i live in texas and i cant milk my neighbors cow.. i'm in trouble!
 
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how is that **** actually real? Holy crap i live in texas and i cant milk my neighbors cow.. i'm in trouble!
You can find all sorts of crazy laws.

As a matter of fact, one state right now (can't remember) has a law where you can't live with a member of the opposite sex until you are legally married.

They are working on getting it removed since it's not enforced.
 
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Old 01-19-2007, 06:48 PM
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I started a thread in another forum, but alas, I find you here. Do you have an example of the contextual links you are promoting?
We do not disclose the location of the links, except to the buyer who bought the link.
 
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Old 01-19-2007, 08:30 PM
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We do not disclose the location of the links, except to the buyer who bought the link.
Well, just looking for an example. Maybe a hypothetical. I've done a little research on paid links and there isn't a whole lot of people out there offering contextual links. As a matter of fact, I am trying to convince other real estate agents who want to reciprocate to do contextual linking. See here on a page I just did for another realtor: http://www.joelane.com/Real-Estate-Finance.php

Contextual linking is the way to go for about one year, then Google (and the other se) will catch on then linking will go even more natural. The goal is to stay a little ahead of the search engines, heh?
 
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Old 01-19-2007, 09:08 PM
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I think I read on Matt Cutt's blog a while back. He said webmasters who buy links for advertising purposes are fine, but they should use nofollow tags so as not to manipulate search engines.

Personally I have no ethical qualms about buying links without nofollow.
 
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