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The basis concept is they have a database with 5000 sites that are willing to exchange links and they promise to get 150 additional site to that database each month. The sites are categorized and each site is shown with its pagerank and the outgoing links from the link-page.
I guess if too many people are using that software the sites listed there would become directories...
Has anybody first hand experience in using the software?
Generally, we discourage discussions about specific commercial software for many reasons. There seems to be a lot of interest in link managing software and few options, so we've permitted this discussion to continue, so far... But it won't continue much longer if we don't stay on topic. ;)
You are locked into 5180 urls, many are just duplicates of the same domain with different pages. It doesn't distinguish subdomains. I had alot of bad or returned emails. It doesn't create a categorized link page for you that some other programs will. I don't think it will check to see if your link partner has kept your url on his page (I might be wrong). You can't import or export the links in the database. You may not be able to use all the urls because your site may not be related to them.
I got back a refund. Support was terrible.
I am surprised that you didn't like LinkExplore - I have used it for a few weeks now and my experience with it has been almost entirely positive.
I especially like the fact that it gives the PR of all the sites and allows me to view the higher PR sites first - that's a big time-saver. I have already got quite a few quality links pointing to my site thanks to this software and expect to get more links in the future.
Their support was good for me as well - I faced a couple of problems in sending emails using the software (my mistake, not theirs), and they solved it for me within 1 day.
If I had to criticize the program, I'd probably say that the price is a bit on the higher side - but I'd still say that the price is worth it, given the time savings.
Does your package:
Allow you to import RELEVANT links from various external forms? (eg. Those linking to top ranking competitors, Those at the top of google SERPs for a certain keyword, An existing links page of yours to save duplicate entry)
Distinguish the sources of the above links?
Check reciprocal links for you?
Provide for multiple formats of outbound emails?
Allow for editing/updating and exporting of links into html format?
If you're wondering whether LinkExplore can do any of the above, the answer is NO. Best I've found is Arelis. Would like to check out LinkAutomate - so if anyone has any feedback on this package, then please let me know.
These packages save you time, compared with using a spreadsheet to track.
My one word of caution is that most use these to create link/directory style pages. G has grown wise to these and is giving little to no backlink PR from these types of pages. So if it's PR's and a higher SERPs ranking you're after, then I'd reconsider this as a strategy of getting there. The web more is 'about' linking to quality content sites. So what quality does your site provide to incentivise others to link to you?
Happy Linking, Calum