To my note about the home

To my note about the home pages NOT having rel="publisher"... it appears Google has made it easier to verify (which by the way proves that they are taking "publisher" verification seriously!)

Google now allows websites that are already verified in Webmaster Tools to verify G+ pages: https://plus.google.com/100938619255397146926/posts/1MzLKtjLsK6

They also support logo verification through Schema.org http://googlewebmastercentral.blogspot.nl/2013/05/using-schemaorg-markup-for-organization.html

Thanks, Brian, for the head-ups!

 

Totally agreed! All I am

Totally agreed! All I am using GWT now is to check if any of my websites got Unnatural link warnings lol

It just makes me think, is it because Google don't want to show us what they know or is it because they actually lack understanding of what is going on on the web? :)

We haven't missed the labor

We haven't missed the labor of your love btw ;) http://www.threadwatch.org/node/19573

I just shudder at the thought

I just shudder at the thought about that... Linking is what ALL the web is about: This is why it's called WEB! The fact that some people are actually afraid of linking to someone now is total nonsense and it's actually very sad!

I just shudder at the thought

I just shudder at the thought about that... Linking is what ALL the web is about: This is why it's called WEB! The fact that some people are actually afraid of linking to someone now is total nonsense and it's actually very sad!

No matter what you call it,

No matter what you call it, it's just the correct way of doing online marketing: Take care of what's on your site before going out with it (that's my personal understanding). I don't use the term inbound marketing myself but I have nothing against people who do...

I am with you on the "Wasn't

I am with you on the "Wasn't it dead for a while?" sentiment?

As for G Reader, it's sad. It was a good tool... They could have at least kept it for current users... No huge investment

Marie has a very insightful

Marie has a very insightful article on the exactly the same warning Tad's client received: http://www.hiswebmarketing.com/google-sends-new-confusing-unnatural-links-messages/

Like I said earlier: Bad

Like I said earlier: Bad answer to the stupid question :) No matter what he would have said, that would have blown up. Imagine he would say "It's ok to link to yourself" lol

I am the one who is going to resist: I am not nofollowing my links in my guest posts since my publishers are comfortable with them. I am not following this stupid rule because it doesn't make sense!

If they want us to markup our own / self-serving links (for them to know), I am fine with that but give me a proper way to do that!

Well, at the very least it

Well, at the very least it will show Google who among publishers / guests are SEOs :)

Nofollow has long been suspected of obvious "SEO" flag