2) see #1
Such a program is risky - are you OK if your site gets hammered in the serps now, in six months or next year as a result? Perhaps you are, perhaps not. Or perhaps if you really want to check how it works you might consider doing it on a test site instead of your main site. If it doesn't work, don't do it on your main site.
IMO though, if a low volume of low quality links will get you ranked, then you're in a non-competitive field. And therefore there are lower risk ways than this to get better links. If you're in a more competitive market, then something like this isn't going to be the killer app you're looking for.
Find out if the links are going to be relevant to your sites content
There is a difference between fully automated link exchange programs and editor based directory management.
If the software or service guarantees links (pay us $50 and we will link you to 5000 sites overnight!), I would suggest you avoid that.
If the software manages link management while offering editorial discretion, allowing you to control who you will and will not link to, there is nothing wrong with that and can actually be a huge time saver.
When it comes to software for managing link development, the ability to maintain editorial discretion on making links is absolutely a necessity as you dont want to be linked with sites you don't approve of.
Some companies call three-way links one-way. If that's the case, that would be an exhorbitant amount of money for what may likely be worthless links.
i delete every one of those automated emails, and ban the sending server whenever possible
you can get non-recipricol links yourself just by googling for related sites and dropping them a nice email. even if you only get a reply from 1 in 10 that's still better than paying someone $100 for what may be a useless link.
Don't do it. It won't help you in the long run.
If you want to do effective link building you should look at some of the article posting solutions that are out there. Recip-links are begin devalued faster than the US dollar in wartime.
Articles give you the juiciest links ever: in-line anchor text links and if your topic is up-to-date it will get picked up rather quickly.
I have seen just one article bring in over 200 one-way links.
The question is what you want the links to do?
1.To enhance SE ranking
2.To bring visitors to your site
If #1, then I would say no.....because there are one way links also from links' and articles' directories which you can go for.
If #2, then that could be worthwhile.
According to me spending money for buying links is not a good idea.Spend money on the content.Hire few quality content writer,ask them to write some good content for your site.Quality and unique content can attract the other webmasters to reciprocate your site to give some extra features to their visitors.
Articles are also good idea.
See buying links is an artificial way of Link Building and as per my knowledge G doesn't prefer any artificial things in a site.
I would say (like everyone else) NO, never signup for a link program like this.
You can easily make your own links and $100 just seems way too much, come up with your own strategy, if you don't have time to submit all the links your self, map out the program then pay your kid or your friends kid to submit the links for you.
I rather pay my sister's kid $100 to submit links EXACTLY how I want over some company who could be doing something that is gonna get me banned from the SERPS.
It isn't that hard to get good links from high pr sites. Here are some suggestions:
1) Social Bookmarking, submit your link to every social bookmark site there is
2) Link Directories (not nearly as effective as #1)
3) Squidoo Make a page about your site, add links
4) Get a blogger and Wordpress site, make some blogs about your domain add links
5) Craigslist, Craigslist, Craigslist - Make ads that link to your site
6) Post in some forums and put your link in your signature
That should get you started with some good links, if you really want links and people to add them for you for FREE
Add a blog or news site to your site, make 2-3 articles each week, submit them all to social bookmarking sites, eventually more and more bloggers and news sites will link back to you.
And if you really, really, really want back links, make your own WP or Joomla templates add your link at the bottom and then give them away for free!
There are good link programs that manage links for the benefit of the end user. There are junk software and services on the web that have few controls that benefit the end user and focus primarily on linking you to as many sites as possible with little editorial discretion.
When considering a link program, choose a software or service that provides the features you want for your needs.
If you intend to conduct link exchange as a traffic building function or branding function, and not an SEO function, using a software or application service provider to manage link exchange can be a massive time saver in ways you may have never considered.
For example, there are quality editor based softwares and application services on the web today that save webmasters time by managing task such as:
- basic editorial management such as approval and rejection of link requests, and modification of current data
- categorization of links
- checking for dead links
- checking for link reciprocation
- providing blacklists to block irrelevant link requests
- providing add link forms that "catch" link requests so the user has a time saving method for reviewing link requests as they are requested
- managing categorization of the links themselves for end user organizational purposes
- providing webmasters password protected access to submit changes to their links without having to bother the user of the software
- managing graphic or image submissions to be displayed with the link
- providing automated expiration of the link
- controls over specific details such as length of meta data, use of all caps, etc.
- display and sort ordering of links
- method for searching and locating links
- import/export capabilties (great for sites who manage a directory or portal)
- utility that checks for duplicate links
- utility that counts links
- indicating new links
- publishing delivery (via FTP or other methods)
- manging publishing sort order (such as by popularity)
- some software and services provide communications management (such as customized emails to help inform webmasters as to link publishing status)
- cosmetic controls
I could go on and on..
Don't be so quick to label all products just because a number of softwares and services can be classified as junk or blackhat due to their crappy list of features.
Anyone who has linked with another site knows the time and data management challenges that managing link exchange presents. Judge a software or service on it's own merits, not because you have read a flood of misinformation regarding link exchange.
Everyone is giving great advice.
You want to build your link popularity in relevant contextual pages.
Again, build your link popularity in relevant websites that have content with relevancy to the products and services you offer.
Relevancy. That is the name of the game.