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… anchor text should always be avoided. Look for domains that have high quality links from authority websites. If you see domains with 10k inbound links and Chinese anchors run far away and never look back. Avoid using these “bulk domain checking” tools – they aren’t always accurate and if you are serious about building a solid network you will need…
… since realisticly, if a PBN was going to get hit, it would be for backlinks, since many of them are interconnected in some way. But in the context of a Panda update happening at the same time, the thin content penalty makes sense. However, some PBNs that were hit had quality unique content and they were still penalized, so it seems more likely…
Wow, apparently my article from earlier this week really rocked the boat! I made the firm stance that I will no longer be building private blog networks (PBNs), and it garnered A LOT of attention. In fact, my article was mentioned on SERoundtable.com, SearchEngineLand.com, tweeted by Rand Fishkin, and even Matt Cutts tweeted about the news articles (that I was in).