Value of links?
Ladies and gentlemen,
Any firsthand knowledge of the value of links per se directed back to our website from individual homepages and website pages at Homestead? A new user gets a "www.myname.homestead.com" page or pages. Homestead offers address customization later, or, of course, they can register a domain name that parks at the homestead site.
In trying to promote link popularity for my company site does submitting to the SE's a www.homestead.com based webpage that contains a link to our website actually help us to raise link popularity? This question is specific to Homestead.com. Will this gain us another link listing that shows up?
Sure it will. As long as the search engine will index the homestead page.
The reason I was prompted to even ask that question, as lame as it sounded, was because in another part of your Forum a number of people sounded off on the value of links from FREE sites. The majority expressed confidence that the free sites were practically useless as far as helping linking popularity from pages on the free sites back to one's personal or business website.
Here's what Oilman said:
"It is pretty difficult to get decent rankings off of free hosting services these day. Some of them are even totally blocked by some SEs."
Was your reply, Brett, specifically contrary to that discussion in regards to Homestead only? Does it still hold true, according to the posters at Webmaster World, that MOST free sites are not being indexed by SE's? Is Homestead one of the exceptions to the general rule?
running this search on ixquick [ixquick.com] shows some being indexed by AV, Fast, and Excite, maybe others.
I think people in that other discussion were more concerned about the attempt of getting the free site page into the search engine in the first place Malibuman. If you can't get the page itself into the SE, then the link value is nothing.
It is pretty hard to get sites like Xoom, GeoCities, Tripod, Anglefire, and some Hypermart sites into Alta and Google.
The problem is that those sites are now viewed as competition. Geocities is owned by Yahoo, Xoom is now owned by Snap/nbci, and Tripod/Anglefire are Lycos sites. Why would Altavista send it's direct competition referrals? Would You?
Getting free domains listed has never been tougher. Start by getting a ODP listing, as many links as possible to the domain, then try to sneak it in via the back door. How? By NOT submitting it, but instead allowing the search engine to see the link as much as possible and hoping it will follow the trail of links to the free site. Once you get it into the search engines, then the value of the links is worth something.