Viral Linking will merit suspension?

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  • #123762

    chuckster
    Member

    I recently got a message from a “Mark” who claims to be part of the support team here at the WordPress Forums. He recently requested that I delete my Viral Link post since it was considered spamming.
    I don’t mind complying just as long as I know that the person who messaged me is in fact a legitimate member of WordPress. Also, I was wondering if a Viral Link post would merit a suspension of your WordPress blog.
    Considering that I most likely am not the only one with Viral links on my blog, I went over to these forums hoping to find at least one thread that discussed the matter of Viral links violating WordPress’ rules and regulations, but I have found not even a single one pertaining to it. Nor a sticky thread.
    Any information regarding this would be greatly appreciated.
    Thank you very much!

    #124007

    raincoaster
    Member

    Mark is indeed a staff member; among many other roles, he is the staff member in charge of deleting blogs. I would take what he says seriously.

    It’s a violation of the Terms of Service you signed up for when you joined here. If you must have the viral links, you must go elsewhere for blog hosting.

    #124009

    chuckster
    Member

    Hi raincoaster…

    Thanks for the verification… I hope my action of not deleting my viral links right away was not misconstrued as an unwillingness to comply…
    I just had to make sure that the message came from a legitimate member. You know how it is with identities here on the net.
    Thanks again for the heads up! Much appreciated! Will take action accordingly to correct this. :D

    #124010

    raincoaster
    Member

    I know how it is on the net, but I have to wonder why you’d trust me, a stranger and forum dweller who has no credentials, over an email that comes from a wordpress.com address.

    If he emailed you asking for a change, I think he’s going to give you adequate time to make the change. Usually the blog just goes POOF!

    #124012

    mark
    Staff

    I left several such messages. Everyone has a chance to remove it – it seemed a misguided thing rather than something else. I ought to go check – it’s on a list of things to somewhere.

    Whoever thought that up though …… odd.

    #124190

    chuckster
    Member

    Oh raincoaster…
    the first message I got didn’t come from a sender with a wordpress.com email address. That was what made me think twice about it. That was the first thing I checked when I got the message.
    But all is well now. Mark, was kind enough to email me again explaining the reasons why viral linking was considered spamming. :)

    #124192

    trent
    Member

    Good to hear chuckster. Good on you for asking for clarification. That is worth saying thank you. :)

    Trent

    #124203

    what in the hells is viral linking??

    sounds like a nasty disease lol

    #124223

    timethief
    Member

    Indeed. Is there a vaccine?

    #124264

    yup. give me $10k and i’ll send it to you TT :P

    #124309

    If you guys got virallinking on your blogs, get rid of them! I got all my blogs suspended because of it. I thought these things can booster my google pagerank and my technorati ranks. It did boost my technorati, but it didn’t boost my google pagerank. I understand what Mark is trying to say and I’m all for ridding my blogs of the virallinks, viraltags, and viralicons. I would like to think this viral stuff is all needless spam.

    Mark, I would like to thank you for reinstating my copsncrooks blog so I can get rid of my viraltags post. But, there’s one more blog you must reinstate so I can delete the viraltags post.

    Please reinstate my second blog so I can delete the viraltags post on it.

    http://dinocreationistsfairytale.wordpress.com/

    And thanks again, Mark. :)

    #124310

    mark
    Staff

    crazyharp – done but remove those links asap.

    And yes, viral links = suspension.
    IF the blog is otherwise okay then it may come back.
    If it’s not then it will not.

    And we can find them….

    #124311

    Links removed! :)

    #124312

    raincoaster
    Member

    I have a friend who never tires of lecturing me that keywords and viral linking and affiliate linking are the way to get to the top. His blog is at 300,000 on Technorati. I disagree. I’m at 14,500. But will he listen to me? Nooooooooo!

    #124313

    ahlake
    Member

    I still don’t understand what a viral link is.

    #124314

    I think it’s another affiliate linking scam.
    Viral link cloud : contains some anchor text and its hyperlinked
    viral link matrix : Contains only *(or some specific symbol) as anchor text.

    #124355

    timethief
    Member

    See Mark’s post for clarification https://en.forums.wordpress.com/topic.php?id=18081

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