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Google is selling PR7 links on their google.com mini pages. All it costs is $1,995 per year! And they don’t use the nofollow!
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from Sebastian 2467 Days ago #
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Not exactly paid links ...

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from DavidWallace 2467 Days ago #
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More like a "testimonials" page than anything else. Plus way to many links to really benefit that much from PageRank imo.

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from rustybrick 2467 Days ago #
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But how would Matt Cutts see those links?

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from DavidWallace 2467 Days ago #
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I think the same way. If he were to view the links on that page as "paid links" then testimonial pages everywhere would be suspect.

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from rustybrick 2467 Days ago #
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David, soon soon.  I wouldn’t doubt that happening...

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from AndrewGirdwood 2467 Days ago #
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I think this is a classic case of the "grey link". All around the internet you’ll see links which have occurred because of a financial relationship. Google will look at the stats; Google.com doesn’t seem to be selling links and many of the sites listed on the page won’t have the link buying signature - as a result these links will count. Links which appear on the web due to other financial relationships and where the buyer/sellers don’t seem to be engaging in link buying will also count.

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from Sebastian 2467 Days ago #
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Matt disabled PageRank flow from similar links in the past. Probably he did it already just to make sure that such accusations are deniable. It’s a shame.

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from JohnWeb 2467 Days ago #
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Once again we are dealing with Google’s supposed ability to devine what the intent of links are. If someone buys this mini thing just so they can get that PR7 link, then it should be nofollowed (according to their rules) but if they are only buying the product and the link is extra it shouldn’t.They really opened up this mess themselves when for some unexplainable reason they let the Yahoo! directory continue. You’re paying $299 for a review not a link, in their view, not unlike Barry’s example. So all of you link sellers and directories out there, stop selling links, but sell 1-page ebooks instead and have a "list" of all your satisfied customers organized by category. Seems fair to me, it’s okay for Google and Yahoo! to sell their services and acknowledge their customers with a non-nofollowed link.Now, if tomorrow some of those links are nofollowed and some are not, we’ll know that GOOG has the ability to understand intent.

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from pittfall 2467 Days ago #
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I checked www.bilia.se for backlinks, nothing from Google, showing as a link in Yahoo and MSN. I would love to hear Matt’s perspective on these links! Looks kind of like a link farm to me.

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from jonathan 2467 Days ago #
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PittfallI did the same, no backlinks showing up from GoogleGoogle doesn’t show the link love

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from Skitzzo 2467 Days ago #
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It’s rather old news isn’t it...

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from rustybrick 2467 Days ago #
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Skitzzo, yes, in my article, I wrote it is old news.  Part of the point...

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