Reports are coming in from a lot of sources that Google is on the prowl but it was to be expected. Home page backlinks , BMR etc have all one HUGE flaw. they are just too easy for anyone to see what they are doing. It takes about five seconds to identify a rental blog network site. Worse they are wide open to the public. Anyone with a couple of dollars can put up a few dollars and in time see huge amount of the domains in use. If Google is on the hunt for these services to deindex them then they can get them easily . Period
Its worth it to point out to those who think this is the end of all contextual links that it is nothing even close. If it is at the end its just the end of rental networks. Way before there were home page backlink providers there were networks that helped ranked sites and there will forever be. Those domains can be setup differently and are not obvious like seeing a hundred links from a hundred different niches on one page or a bunch of near worthless 300 word articles all with links. I haven't had any of my sites deindexed but they are not up for rental spots and I can control quality for myself and clients. So the technique is not dead but cheap rental might be.
So is he right? are they dead? and if so how will Imers counteract that? Google has lowered the value of almost all other kinds of links most Imers relied on
Article directory links
Web 2.0 links etc.
It would take a whole lot more work now to rank than it did even a year and a half ago and the next Panda update is waiting in the wings.