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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave A View Post
    Not really - well certainly not always. At least 50% of those comments actually do display a meaningful grasp of the topic and every now and then they're genuinely wordly-wise (albeit in a very brief statement of opinion).
    I did n forum search and cannot find any of ava_camen's previous comments and the search link you supplied says "Sorry - No Matches"

    Some people spam very cleverly, using the dumb blond, charming or I Agree tactic.

    WoW, I did not know that!! - Dumb Blond
    Blog Commenting is a great SEO strategy, you are right!! - I Agree
    You are just so awesome DAVE!! - Charming
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    Quote Originally Posted by bjsteyn View Post
    the search link you supplied says "Sorry - No Matches"
    I forgot searches are only cached for an hour.
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    Dave, I guess in this case if all the posts were like that, then I would axe them or deny them a signature with links. If there are good comments amongst the spam I would have to look at the overall contribution. But I guess we should never say that someone is contributing if there is no substance. Naturally this effects the quality and culture of the forum in the long run.

    Pardon the ramble

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    Quote Originally Posted by JanvandeMerwe View Post
    I would axe them or deny them a signature with links.
    I hate manual; far prefer automated. I had a mod loaded that automatically dealt with the "signature link incentive" for spammy commenting techniques like Ava's, but with the December upgrade it needs some fixing to work on the vB4 platform.

    It'll come back. In the meantime I guess we just need to grin and bear it.

    For Ava and co., enjoy it while it lasts
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    Google no longer takes blog links into consideration and the value you get from them for link building is next to none. If we were to give a score for the quality of links, it breaks down like this:

    Relevant Link on page in footer of site or side bar 5/10
    Irrelevant Link on page in footer of site or side bar 2/10
    Relevant Link in main content of post when there are less than 5 outgoing links in the post content: 10/10
    Irrelevant Link in main content of post when there are less than 5 outgoing links in the post content: 3/10
    Relevant Link in main content of posts shared with 10 other links 4/10
    Irrelevant Link in main content of posts shared with 10 other links 1/10
    Relevant Comment Links 1/10
    Irrelevant Comment Links 0/10
    Relevant Links from Facebook/Twitter 6/10
    Irrelevant Links from Facebook/Twitter 2/10
    Relevant Reciprocal Links 3/10
    Irrelevant Reciprocal Links 1/10

    what is the difference in Relevant vs Irrelevant?

    Site A: Vet
    Site B: Dog Food Company
    Site C: Car Sales Company

    Link from A to B = Relevant
    Link from B to A = Relevant
    Link from A to C = Irrelevant
    Link from C to A = Irrelevant
    Link from B to C = Irrelevant
    Link from C to B = Irrelevant
    Link from A to B and B to A = Relevant Reciprocal
    Link from A to C and C to A = Irrelevant Reciprocal

    Hope this helps.
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    Interesting post, Bryan. Any thoughts on how the relevance of outgoing links and their location might affect Google's quality score of the page?
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    Hi Dave, remember that Google is all about relevance. Everything they do is to try and improve the quality of a users experience. What benefit to the user is there if he gets to a site about one topic, enjoys the information but needs to know a little more so see's and outgoing link and follows it to a page that is nothing to do with the topic.... this causes the user to bounce... we all know that bounces are the easiest way for Google to identify relevance.... no relevance means no brownie points for the site that referred the irrelevant page.
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    very true

    as far as no-follow links go...

    i have seen plenty show up in google webmaster tools as acknowledged links back...

    while many others from do-follow sites did not

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