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Your site is acquiring links through posting to or exchanging links with sites unrelated to your site content. Techniques which attempt to acquire unrelated spam links in order to increase ranking are considered spam and your site has been excluded from our index as results. Please contact us once you’ve removed these links and we will reevaluate.

Its an extract from an email sent by Live.com staff. This wasn’t sent to me, instead I picked it up here at seroundtable.com. Looks like Microsoft are coming down heavy on the use of link exchanges or gathering links from other sources to help boost your traffic / incoming links.

Gotta love the new approach search engines are taking. “Sure, we let you search the web but you’re only going to find things that we want you to find”.

I also noticed last night that Google are now filtering sites on their search engine result, clicking particular links (namely related to warez, cracks, anything illegal – no, it wasn’t on MY machine(s)) that you’re now taken to an interstitial warning you of the dangers of viewing such websites.

A search for asta-killer.com on Google will bring it about when you click the first result. Very clever on their part. (edit – turns out that its old news but hey, I was only shown it yesterday)

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