Msg#: 2326 posted 10:22 am on Mar 19, 2005 (gmt 0)
Possibly, but you don't want to find out the hard way. A site that exists to create an artificial internetwork of sites submitted to it (with no scrutiny) is probably a link farm. You need to choose your links carefully.
Yes, it can hurt your rankings, and even get you banned, if you link to a link farm.
From your description, it looks like the site is a link farm.
The question to ask yourself is: are visitors of my website going to benefit in any way from links to that alleged link farm? - Is this other site (are these other sites) related to mine and do they carry information that is susceptible to be of interest to my visitors? - If you are looking at that link exchange for the sole purpose of increasing your rankings and your PR, and it does not make sense otherwise, then forget it.
Msg#: 2326 posted 12:43 am on Mar 25, 2005 (gmt 0)
After checking out the site you sticky mailed me, yeah, it's pretty much link farm. It's a little more sophisticated, but what the net effect is that it turns into a big link farm.
Ask yourself this, if their software/method works so well, why aren't they using it to great effect on their own PR 0 (TB) site?
For example, most recip link software sites that I've seen use their own software for their own sites and you can generally see how well it works and the pagerank of their pages on there.
Even worse than the PR 0 for their site is the fact that although Google has a cached copy of the page (so it's been spidered), it doesn't show anything for a link: search for them. If their site is linked in all their 376 member's directories, how come not a single one of them shows up as a backlink?
Just some signs that you probably don't want to link to these guys. At best, I'd test for a few months with a throwaway domain before doing anything serious with them.