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The more buzzing around link buying, the more likely this will accelerate Google into finding ways to diminish link relationships in a way useful to SEO’s.
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from Harith 2478 Days ago #
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Brian,"And if PPC spends are falling due to an economic downturn, then those same big PPC spenders will be looking more to SEO for cost-effective returns - which means link sales."But what would be the goal to be achieved by links buying? Are we still talking about boosting PageRank that way? Or are we talking about boosting traffic?

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from GottaMiller 2478 Days ago #
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If Google is trying to shut down that market, why do they foster it by showing visible page rank?  Just turn it off and the market will collapse.

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from iamlost 2478 Days ago #
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"link developers may have to make an extra special effort to keep their heads down"If you fly high with transponder squawking while chattering in clear you deserve to be shot down.Link accommodations will continue unabated. The more Google clears out market congestion the greater the remaining value. When there is value there is a market, where there is a market there are transactions.That said, I agree with iBrian’s emphasis on asset development - we are probably seeing a similar future (this is another of those times I’d love to sit in a quiet pub corner and think out loud with someone :)).

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from crimsongirl 2478 Days ago #
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@GottaMiller: "If Google is trying to shut down that market, why do they foster it by showing visible page rank?  Just turn it off and the market will collapse."YES!  I don’t understand why they show PR.  It is not of much use to the average person on the web - showing backlinks would be more interesting to the average user, but Google doesn’t show most backlinks, presumably because it is proprietary info.And PR is the currency of the link market.  Remove PR, and the market will go haywire.

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from TheRealTerry 2477 Days ago #
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Last I checked Google wasn’t the only search engine that values links in determining rankings. Links are just as effective in gaining traction in Yahoo and MSN and neither of those guys offer a PageRank indicator of any kind.The point can also be made that there are a LOT of people out there selling links that have no clue what PageRank is.  Sounds strange to us, but there are swarms of people who are still getting their feet wet with the internet as a business model and are considering hobby and special interest indexes and directories as a way of making some pocket change. They don’t know and don’t care about SEO and these unfortunate mom and pop late comers will be the only real casualty in Google’s war on links.

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from Zonk 2477 Days ago #
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You would be surprised, but the day Google removes toolbar pr will be the happiest day for us, the link sellers, who sell 1.5 mln links a day.

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