I have refrained from writing paid posts from SocialSpark on my blogs with pageranks because I am paranoid of getting my pageranks demoted to forever zero. I was so afraid of being penalised, I even took off all the SocialSpark – Izea codes from my main blogs with pageranks. My earlier fears was – You never know how Google is going to treat paid posts with no-follows. They can change their minds anytime and we can get penalised for writing paid posts with no-follow links as well.
However, this recent interview seems to say that Matt Cutts finds SocialSpark within the ‘law of Google’ and it gives me a bit of security that it is ok to do that occasional paid posts from SocialSpark which uses no-follow links.
(newbies, please do not ask me the same questions over and over again on ‘what is no-follow?’ Please take your own time and initiative to read up on my older posts why I am always talking about pageranks and no-follow)
Here is something I took from Izea’ blog on the interview with Matt Cutts :
Matt Cutts: Yes. And, whenever I see progress I want to call it out and give props where itâ€™s deserved. And so, I think SocialSpark has definitely progressed compared to PayPerPost. Google continues its policy on paid links in general, so just yesterday we put out a new call for any paid link spam reports, and we continue to act on this. We are willing to act not only manually, but also algorithmically. So, if people know of other networks that are not disclosing, we would be interested in hearing about that. But, I thought it was good to see that SocialSpark was using NoFollow.
However, note what Matt Cutts said about paid posts which are not disclosed and how they will act on them? So, be careful if you are making money online writing paid posts. There are penalties. Some of my blogs never gain their pageranks, ever. When you do not have pageranks, your traffic drops, your rankings in search results disappeared and you are forever doom. Trust me, I have both sides of the extremes, I know. I am a repented soul, where this is concerned.