Now that big media practices keyword stuffing, engage in link selling, are invested in SEO start ups, and are selling SEO services perhaps they won’t publish ill-informed pablum when writing about SEO.
Don’t hold your breath waiting on that, but…
Now that newspapers are looking to sell SEO services, Google is rumored to be out and about asking them to remove links:
We understand that newspapers are currently being contacted by Google and being asked to remove links (especially those placed after the articles have been written – ie comment links and links that are placed for payment in articles weeks or months after it had gone live). As a company, we have been aware that placing links in articles once they have picked up PR is not an uncommon practice in the industry, and we also knew that it would probably come to no good which is why we stayed well away. However, we do have some legitimate links on these sites that were placed as part of a press release or an interview and these are slowly being removed through no fault of our own. So much for all the hard work eh?
Google is warning newspapers from linking out and is warning webmasters not to do guest posts. It turns out that any and every link is a bad link in their warped mental model of the web.
The random surfer must be quite inebriated. And lost.
The good news is that as Google’s view of reality is increasingly warped & their guidelines reflect reality less and less they create a greater opportunity for some competing company to come along and build something better. And for any professional SEO who reads between the lines there is value in Google misleading the rest of the herd.
About a decade ago Sergey Brin stated they didn’t believe in spam. A decade later they don’t believe in the media and don’t believe in links. What happened?