Well Howdy Buddy Links Members.
I hope the Christmas season was good for you too. All the numbers we have seen from November and December have been spectacular. Our page view numbers and unique users on both our sites and client sites were where up 50-75% over last year. One of our clients went from 3k to 40k visitors a day topping out at two million hits a week.
The kicker to all the success has been the lethargic nature of search engines the last four months. With all the problems at Altavista, Infoseek, MSN, and others, the fact that folks have had such a successful christmas season, raises some eyebrows.
It just goes to show you that search engine submission isn't everything, it is just one part of the bigger search engine promotion picture. Most of us get so focused in on getting indexed and listed in search engines that we over look other opportunities.
Well, its about time for another Buddy Links page refresh. We've added almost one hundred new sites in the last month! Many thanks to those that have been spreading the gospel of BL around the net.
With the upcoming refresh, now would be a good time to turn on friends, family and "others" to the program to get them signed up before the refresh.
Next week sometime I'll be sending out a refreshed set of links. Right now it looks like we have about 235 validated sites (maybe 10-15 more). I've just walked through half of the sites looking at pages and have removed a few here and there.
Bad News: from dec 15-dec 28 we were the victims of an email flood attack. We received over 1million messages in that time frame. Someone robotically subscribed us to a few hundred high volume mailing lists (ugh). Changing our email address for a few days caused it all to bounce and most of it has stopped. (Thanks to our host for doing so!)
So the short story is if you emailed me in that time frame, I probably pressed delete, auto-filtered it to the trashcan, or didn't get it. The good news is that we now receive less spam than ever - I'd highly recommend the technique.
Check Your Site:
Please double check your listing. If there is a problem with your site, it will be noted in the "note" field of your listing.
The <a href="http://www.searchengineworld.com/cgi-bin/buddylinks/login.cgi" target="_blank">login address</a>
If your site is NOT listed on the example page then it is not validated and
you should check your listing to see why:
<a href="http://www.searchengineworld.com/links/links.htm" target="_blank">Buddy Random Links</a>
New Password Feature:
A programming bug was causing people who added their site in a specific way, not to add their password to their sites entry correctly since Dec 10'ish.
I have added a "send password" option to the login screen. You can request a new password which you can later change. It will be emailed to you at your email address used when you signed up.
One thing I have learned, is that this program is not for amateurs.
The second thing I've learned, is some people are under the delusion we are making money of this program. Other than the branding effect by association with the web site and the few cents in added advertising income (and I do mean Cents), this is a 100% freebie program. To those that have understood this and send a thank you note - I appreciate it and you are welcome.
Frames: You can't point your buddy links page at a frame set page. Our spider looks at the submitted url and ONLY the submitted url (no redirects, no meta refreshes, no frames) - no exceptions. If a search engine spider can't see the page, neither can we.
ack! Sites pointing their buddy links page at another recip links page will be dropped.
Foreign Language Sites:
Sites currently in the program using foreign language are not a problem, however we will NOT be adding anymore foreign language pages. The primary problem is with emailers eating characters.
I am a very open minded individual, however a few others in the program have had serious problems with some sites in Buddy Links.
Let me tip-toe through this mine field with a new policy:
Highly controversial sites will now be evaluated on an individual basis. We reserve the right to deny entry into the program on a per-site basis. Examples of controversial sites would be those dealing with abortion, religion, radical politics, or sites dealing with human rights violations. (please see the above note on my email attack and read between the lines...)
Dept: Self Promotion
As many know, I've been working on a top-of-the-line new perl logging
program called Traxis. I've put a testing demo online at:
<a href="http://www.searchengineworld.com/traxis/" target="_blank">Traxis</a>
(It is a free script, but not quite ready for release).
Buddy Links FAQ:
I have updated the Buddy Links FAQ in the Buddy Links sub-board of our <a href="http://www.searchengineworld.com/cgi-bin/UltraBoard/UltraBoard.pl" target="_blank">forum</a>.
Please address any questions of a general nature there. This email update is also archived there.
Thank you folks - we will see you next week.