Msg#: 24321 posted 12:47 am on Jun 9, 2004 (gmt 0)
The way I see it is: if google mapped the link structure of all pages it lists it could come up with a diagram. From this diagram you could see the way normal sites link . A normal site could have 300 links in and 100 links out. And maybe 50 of those are cross linked.
A link farm however would look different to natural linking. It would have 300 links in and 300 links out all cross linked.
Thus google should be able to tell a link farm by an algo.
Don't participate in link schemes designed to increase your site's ranking or PageRank. In particular, avoid links to web spammers or "bad neighborhoods" on the web as your own ranking may be affected adversely by those links.
Msg#: 24321 posted 5:30 pm on Jun 13, 2004 (gmt 0)
"The trick is knowing if a website is from a bad neighbourhood or not. " that's only the begining. What if it becomes a bad one 2 months later and you find out the hard way? Are you going to keep checking them?
Msg#: 24321 posted 9:37 am on Jun 14, 2004 (gmt 0)
You won't find a linkfarm with a topic similar to yours. You might find a linkfarm PAGE with a topic similar to yours, but the overall site theme will be: Viagra----Britney----Make Money Stuffing Envelopes----Online Casinos----Whatever. Plus plenty of animated Click the Monkey and Win! popUps...Programming an algo to detect such garbage sites, and then penalizing those who link with them, would be like shooting fish in a barrel. You're the fish.
Advice for someone about to use a link farm? Go play in traffic, kid. It's more fun.
Msg#: 24321 posted 9:44 am on Jun 14, 2004 (gmt 0)
Technically, a link farm is where a page with all the same links are passed around and everyone in a group can put the same page up - and do.
There are some legit ones, even completely family oriented. One in particular like that seems to be working very well right now, since the links all show in backlinks. But I'm wondering how much it's helping for PR. One site I looked at, in spite of becoming involved in that group and accruing loads of inbound links from it that all show, has still dropped down in PR - not increased.
Risky at best I'd never use it on a site I wanted to make sure I'd be able to keep for the long haul.