The purpose of this API project was to generate backlinks to my site to increase my web presence. But now I'm reading that widget links can get hit with manual actions from Google along with penalties. And I really just don't understand any of this.
Is there a solution to this issue and a way for me to be able to offer this really useful widget with highly related video content to websites while being able to ensure that I receive some sort of followed link in exchange for the dramatic server usage that my widget will require on my servers?
The code utilizes
.load('http://example.com/page') where example.com is my domain. It would be really preferable if I don't have to offer API secret keys because I'm targeting wordpress users and the learning curve for signing up and implementing API access keys could deter widget adoption.
Can I determine which https websites are using my script with some sort of code? Or is there any other advice about how I can implement backlinks without risking penalty?
Here is an article about widget backlinks from Rand at Moz. It has great info, but I don't think it answers definitively if branded logo backlinks in widgets are still safe. https://moz.com/blog/backlinks-maximize-benefits-avoid-problems-whiteboard-friday