Planet13 - 9:37 am on Jul 18, 2011 (gmt 0)
In the specific case of geocities: Is it even worth it?
That seems to be the $64,000 question.
Right now, I am kind of running out of potential sites to link to me.
I had originally thought to get links from the same places where my top competitors were getting links from. Then I realized those links were primarily spam links, so I quickly stopped that.
I can get links from some .edu sites, but I will be waiting until the fall to start emailing the professors. I have already gotten more "I Am Out Of The Office Until September" auto response emails than I would care for.
The real benefit of those sites that link OUT to geocities sites is that they are generally quite clean. They are usually focused on a single topic and the sites are so "amateurish" that it would be hard to imagine that they were engaged in link selling. Seriously, I think that the webmasters were too busy trying to make their sites look as ugly as possible to engage in any linking shenanigans.
And the other benefit is that the INBOUND links to those sites are natural, aged links.
If worse comes to worst, I guess I can always do what martinibuster suggested to me in another thread, and that is to contact the webmaster and see if I can buy the site.