Linkbuilding article in the weekly newsletter

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Hey everyone,

sorry to bring this topic up again, but the current weekly newsletter from Developer Shed confused me here: In the article about what to avoid when building links, the authors list several good points, but some points conflict with what we discussed last week about links hurting your rankings or not.

Staying away from link farms and not looking for links from unrelated sites is good advice and can be interpreted along the line of 'It won't help you enough, so don't waste your time on it'.

But the authors say other things that seem to conflict with the strong statement 'Backlinks can never hurt you!' which I was told last week:

"You don’t really want to be part of a directory whose only criteria for admitting you is having a live link."
"If one approaches you and asks to link to you, just say no."
"If you own an ordinary e-commerce site, you really don’t want to have a link on a site that is oriented to sex or gambling."

So, are the authors of the Developer Shed newsletter giving out false advice? What they say here sounds to me like: "You don't want those links!" instead of "Don't invest time into getting those links".
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It is my understanding that as you work on your backlink campaign for any site, it is important to not waste your time on links that are non related to your category.
A link is only worth the value of the website it represents. If I have a fishing directory and I request backlinks from a multitude of spammy sites without taking into consideration the content of the site it's not going to do me much good.

That being said, I don't think you are penalized by Google if you have backlinks from bad sites simply because you can't control who links to you. I constantly have trashy sites linking to one of my directories and it certainly hasn't effected my rankings in the SERPS.

So, yes it is important to build backlinks carefully, however, you are not going to be penalized by trashy sites linking to you...they just will be ruled as no value.

In my opinion 8)
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An article I read a few years ago, which pretty much stands the test of time and is great for beginners in link building is:
http://searchenginewatch.com/showPage.html?page=2160301

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