Update, May 12th, 2007: I finally got some time to circle back around to this subject. It’s a pretty good review of our policies at the time (e.g.
I wanted to add an example or two of the sorts of reports that we’d be interested in getting, and try to answer a few questions about paid links. Q: Can you give me some more background on how Google views paid links? link sellers can lose trust, such as their ability to flow Page Rank/anchortext.
I even mentioned earlier this year that paid articles/reviews/posts should be done in a way that doesn’t affect search engines.
Here’s a post from January, for example, where I said: Yet another “pay-for-blogging” (PFB) business launched, this time by Text Link Brokers.
It should be clear from Google’s stance on paid text links, but if you are blogging and being paid by services like Pay Per Post, Review Me, or Sponsored Reviews, links in those paid-for posts should be made in a way that doesn’t affect search engines.
Update, 3/2/2009: Use this authenticated paid link report form now.
One thing I heard at SES London was that people wanted a way to report paid links specifically.