We all know that SEO can be hard work so don't make the mistake I did. When I first joined BHW I used my gmail address to sign up. That I know was really stupid but what was more stupid was when I opted to have new replies to BHW subscribed threads emailed to me. I had all but forgotten that I'd signed up at BHW with my gmail so when I checked that account after a long while, of course I saw tons of emails from this site A lot of you may think that Google plays by the rules but how do you know that? How do you explain an entity that wants to know the color of the mole on your rear end, but is not willing to share anything about itself. When I saw all those emails I knew that Google was privy to my bl_ck ha_ association with this site. Now if Google (and Yahoo too for that matter) can scan your mail for spam, it must be applying filters to do that. Do you think that Google isn't using filters that gather info on anything linked to BH methods. They don't have to read your mail to do this. All they have to do is sniff your subject title and the sender's address, which they already do with their spam filter. It's a simple thing for google to cross-reference info gotten this way with whether or not you own a site. After that it's only a matter of time before you have un-explainable troubles with your backlinks and be penalized for something, anything. It's almost understandable why they don't give reasons for what they do. I guess most people won't be as noobish as i was when I first joined BHW. I assumed that my mail was secure but that is not the case. Even if it is https, it is plainly visible on G's servers. Don't assume that google is above-board in its dealings with the public. It is staffed by people, and people do under-handed stuff. I think SEO efforts will suffer so long as Google can learn anything it wants about you anytime it wants, and identify you and any sites you own as BH. The least you can do to protect "your secrets" is to never use gmail for anything but an adsense account cos that's google's peep hole into your business. I believe that I've had more than my fair share of trouble from Google for this exact reason.