It’s been fun to eat popcorn and watching the six-month old controversy regarding reporting paid links to Google.
The Stanford Daily (scroll to the bottom) is a well-known example of purchasing links for the sole purpose of search engine manipulation. This is bad. A few of the RealCities sites have the same thing.
Non search-savvy people purchase different links in hopes to get relevant traffic from them. Google is not out to get them. There’s a theme here. 😉