Posted 01 December 2005 - 08:25 AM
Much better to link to half a dozen respected links that you DO trust and DO check regularly than to have thousands that you don't have the time or the inclination to check. It only takes ONE of those thousands of links to get barred by Google, or for their domain to expire and then get bought out by a porno site for you to lose all credibility, and the positioning you worked so hard to attain.
Although, having said that, a lot of people have thousands of "automated links" simply because they CAN'T BE BOTHERED to manage their links properly, OR to write proper content, and so they see pages and pages of links in their sites as being some kind of substitute for content, and they find a program that does all the work for them and leave it at that - so when the stuff hits the fan in the inevitable changes at Google they will deserve to lose positions - and it's only a matter of time, especially when people like me advise their clients to use Google's Spam Report Form on a regular basis...
If I find sites in front of me on Google who have hundreds of links on the same page, or are using multiple domains containing all the same links or content, then I WILL report them - business is business, and there are only ten top 10 positions after all...!!!