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Paying for links backfires

Page Rank 6's are now PR 0

     
8:24 am on Aug 12, 2003 (gmt 0)

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We just got as guy to get us a load of links mostly from link pages. Last month they were PR6, now they are PR0. We were paying on the PR, the most for 6's.I guess that is quite a few hundred dollars down the tube :(
10:44 am on Aug 12, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Not necessarily. With the PR being as far up the creek as it is at the moment there is no way of telling what their true PR is. Just give it a while and see what happens.
10:48 am on Aug 12, 2003 (gmt 0)

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And the moral is?

Don't pay people to get you links based on PR.

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1:17 pm on Aug 12, 2003 (gmt 0)

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>And the moral is?
Don't pay people to get you links based on PR. <

No it isn't. The moral is that the promotion business brings with it certain inherent risks. It always has and it always will.

The moral isn't not to pay for something you want even if you are so evil you want a link solely for it's PR value, (there really aren't any people out there that evil are there?). The moral is to know what it is you are paying for so that you can realistically evaluate the risk involved.

A little tip from someone who's won a few and lost a few. Don't pay for link pages unless you're getting paid for your link going out. An exchange actually makes some small degree of sense as long as you aren't paying for incoming while not being paid for outgoing. Link pages are worth about 10 cents per thousand, if it's really a high quality link page.

If you are going to pay someone to build your PR, then make sure they are getting quality, unreciprocated, page specific links. If you are paying someone to just get you a bunch of links, don't pay much, keep your exposure to a minimum and expect a bunch of link page links. I wouldn't expect a bunch of first page placements though.

It just depends on what you want. Crap is cheap. You can't get ripped off unless you buy cheap crap at a high price.

Last tip.

In spite of what has been said, a link is worth what the next girl is willing to pay for it.

4:49 pm on Aug 12, 2003 (gmt 0)

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We've been doing Link Popularity for our clients and we have resources from where we provide link, but i have never heard PR dipping so low (from 6 to 0) just in one month. It's strange to know, specially when you say all the links were down to 0 in just one month. Just wondering how that could happen.
2:05 am on Aug 13, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Iinkpopularitypro, welcome to WebmasterWorld. The likely explanations for the drop are toolbar goofiness, i.e., failure to report PR accurately, or some kind of penalty.

If the contractor had been placing links to the same sites on those pages, they might have been judged to be a link farm and penalized.

The odds of dozens of completely unrelated link pages being simultaneously penalized seems minimal, to say the least.

1:39 pm on Aug 13, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Shrulee

Welcome.

I do agree wholeheartedy, I was just winding up poor old Crush:)

Doug

6:52 pm on Aug 14, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Dougs You are a cad ;) That really hit a nerve!
2:45 pm on Aug 16, 2003 (gmt 0)

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I'll get you a beer to soften the blow.
12:26 am on Aug 17, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Were those Links any Link Farms or what? What we should also look is if they were any Cloakers or any other kind of spammers that GG dropped them to PR 0 or is that incorrect PR display at the moment?