Planet13 - 6:32 pm on Jul 13, 2011 (gmt 0)
Don't know if anyone has an idea about this, but...
So I was going through my list of about two thousand sites that I could potentially ask a link from, and I noticed that a lot of the sites that I found had been abandoned long ago. They were on hosts such as angelfire or other "free" shared hosting, and there seem to be a couple of sites that now have "archives" of geocities sites, since I guess geocities has Gone Elvis (I think that reocities is one such site).
There were some other sites that had their own domain but it looks like they hadn't been updated since 2001. Some of them you could still fill out a contact form, but once you submitted it, you get a page not found error.
So the question is, Does anyone have any suggestions on how to easily / quickly determine what sites / domains are most likely NOT going to updated? Because when you have some many sites in a spreadsheet, it is a big time waster just to click on the link, go to the site, and look around and try to figure out whether it's still maintained or not.
Maybe you have a mental list of shared domains that you don't even bother looking at?
One Tip I have: I have the seo quake plugin installed and when a page loads it will give you a note saying how many domains are using the same google analytics id. So sometimes if I look at a potential directory, and I see that the same GA ID is associated with 50 other domains, it seems likely that page is run by some SEO person who is just trying to build sites that link to their money site.
Thanks in advance for any suggestions.