Should search employees sell link reputation from their personal blogs?
The results are mixed.
Greg Boser thinks there is a bit of a conflict of interests:
All search engines (including Jeremy’s employer) have made it very clear that they despise paid text link advertising. Sponsored text links on trusted sites like Jeremy’s causes all kinds of problems for search engines because they don’t believe a paid link should count as an algorithmic vote.
but JasonD loves it:
Persnoally I think it is GREAT news. This must surely mean that link based advertising has now ben legitimised by some senior Yahoo reps, and just goes to show that Google are behind the game!
I think JasonD is spot on with his comment. Keep in mind that this is not just any old search employee selling links. Jeremy has on multiple occasions posted how much he hates spam. So long as the link is not pointing at spam Jeremy sees no problem with it.
Jeremy legitimizes link selling even more than Matt Cutts posts saying not to.