I've seen some text link ad services out there that are run by Java scripts. I'm not sure if google can follow that, and if they can, do they really count it as a link?
I don't have any numbers to back it up, but my gut says that it won't help the serps any.
Keep in mind that driving traffic and moving in the serps should be treated seperatly. Maybe if those java ads are run on a few sites that get a ton of visitors a day... then you very well might gain some good traffic.
On the other hand, if you get little or no traffic, plus no gain in the serps because of the java issue, then you've waisted your money.
I bought ads through TextLinkAds.
I can't comment on the UK but for me It was a way of getting hyperlinked keywords to my site from higher PR sites. They did not deliver any traffic direct (through the link) but they did get recognised by Google as linking to me.
There was no change to my PR though. it stayed at PR4.
It is a quick way to get indexed by the search engines.
It is a guaraneed way to get higfher ranking sites linking to you.
How many links you need or what the results will be are unpredictable.
From my side, i think Text Link Ads are overpriced most of the time. Their plus point is that their biz network are wide and you can get links from very reputable websites.
I read once on a personal blog reviewing some of the link merchants... the author actually got some insights and does not recommend buying from text link ads.
do you remember what he recommended instead of text-link-ads?
I've used TLA adds for a number of sites and have received very positive results from them. As always, you can save a little if you look through for the hidden gems, but they are there.
Also, if you have not used them before, they generally give you $100 worth of free links the first month. Make sure you use all of this, but you may want to backdown from there near the end of your 30 days if you do not want to spend that much, as they automatically renew if still active at the end of the month.
Are these popular in other areas of the world?
Yep, they're popular in the Philippines.
Whoever has possitive or negative results with TLA, kindly share it...
We are about to purchase links from TLA and we would like to hear some feedback firt..