I recently created another thread where I described my current situation with SAPE but the answers where very one sided (this has a reason). Most people don't use SAPE anymore with good reasons but this is not the topic of this thread. I want to point out though SAPE has still any effect and the best way to use it. My experience: Exact anchor SAPE links worked until late 2015 (didn't tested it again but I will) perfectly but resulted in a penalty. Currently I'm trying brand only SAPE links to stay longer under the radar but this time things seem to go much slower and I'm not even sure if it even affects my site's rankings. I'm always using hand picked high TF (avg. TF37 and max. TF60) homepage links (also Russian ones). No context (other language, other topic, branded anchor, footer/sidebar link) but high authority. What I'm asking myelf is: Does SAPE work like in 2015? Do branded SAPE links even work today? It would be cool if some folks could start a discussion. I would happily participate with my current knowledge.