Its a hot debate between bloggers if Linkbait is fine or not !! My Personal view match with matt !! Linkbait is a technique to get backlinks and visitors on your website using some BlackHat technique !! I think if m not wrong: Techniques used so as to make your website or story popular using some shortcuts is called blackhat technique !! I was quite about this for a while but I had nothing left to say in favor of Matt Cutts as i just saw a Blogger posted on his blog about Matt’s April Fool Day’s Joke !! I think No that wasn’t a Linkbait that was a April Fool Day’s joke and I don’t think Google will ever give u penalty if u will do such post once in a year on 1st April right ??
Matt Cutts at Sphinn:
“Where does Cutt’s and search engines stand on something like this?” My quick take is that Google’s webmaster guidelines allow for cases such as this: “Google may respond negatively to other misleading practices not listed here (e.g. tricking users by registering misspellings of well-known websites). It’s not safe to assume that just because a specific deceptive technique isn’t included on this page, Google approves of it.” There’s not much more deceptive or misleading than a fake story without any disclosure that the story is hoax.
People are making wrong use of Social Media and now you can say it is the fastest becoming joke of the Internet. So It will be Kool if Google will take some immediate actions against such activities !! I will like to give all the Bloggers and Webmasters on the internet my 2 cent Advice ! Don’t make wrong use of Social Media !! Don’t make people call SEO as SPAM !! Think twice and ask yourself if what you are doing is ok ?