I just signed up for this system and I would like to make sure that it will benefit my site rather than harm it...
I did a little research - just to make sure before I get in over my head... When I searched on Altavista for "url:searchengineworld.com" I couldn't find any evidence that the site is hosting any buddylinks pages (please forgive me if I'm wrong.)
Why is this? Is there much risk involved in hosting these pages? How many of you who are currently taking part in the program - were affected by the Altavista ban?
If you think about it for awhile, it will hit you why I do not submit my own buddy pages from here. (Out of protection for the members). I wish I could "unsubmit" the main buddy links page itself and I'm thinking of moving the page just for that reason. Like I said, I do everything I can to protect the users. It is why I harp on randomly generated unique pages, unique filenames, and why I go ballistic when people use "buddylinks" in the filename or title. I do everything we possibly can to make this program work long term with no risk to the sites involved.
>How many of you who are currently taking part in the program
We currently have 600 sites in the program with 500 validated participants.
>were affected by the Altavista ban?
If you are banned on Alta, that is no problem, you can still join.
sakebouteille: We have signed up almost a dozen sites (clients' and our own) with this program and all of them are performing nicely in their respective fields. None have been banned - neither by AV nor by any other SE. Obviously, actual performance depends on SE specifics: linkage counts for a great deal with Google, Inktomi and - ever more - AV. Others put less stress on it, so the impact is naturally reduced. In any case we aren't aware of a single case where participation proved detrimental to a site's ranking.
Thanks, that's good to hear. Brett, your reasoning is sound - I should have realized...
So, no-one has gotten "caught" or "penalized" for using a program such as this? (As you can see - I'm thinking about the AV ban - my sites were not affected and I want it to stay that way - I was wondering if anyone noticed a connection...)