22 Apr '13, 1pm

Can User Generated Comments Cause A Google Penalty

The reason they get 3 word comments is because a comment - ANY comment - will enter the user for the giveaway. So they aren't intended to be 'real' comments anyway. They are the easiest way for a blogger to track contest entries. I'm not a fan of running contests, but some pretty successful and well-regarded bloggers do this (Pioneer Woman). You can judge, but I don't think this is spam, and I honestly don't think Google does, either. My hunch is that comments, especially if nofollowed, aren't the problem here. Many contest bloggers also give an entry for a link back to their site, or for adding the contest blog's button to the users' blog sidebar. That is probably considered a 'compensated link' in Google's view, and if there really is a penalty, that's the source. Another theory - that contest blogs probably get a lot of links from other blogs that sell text links. My mi...

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