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11:15 am on Mar 1, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Hello, I am considering changing links directories and would like to know which ones you suggest. I wouldn't mind changing to one of the directories that semi-automatically seek out sites to link with.

I'd like your thoughts on them as well. Anyway if you know of any easy to use for both myself and the site submitting please let me know. If there are any I should stay away from I wouldn't mind hearing about them as well. Thank you for your time.

3:01 pm on Mar 1, 2004 (gmt 0)

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I am in the process of evaluating software and sites that manage links so I can give you some information on what I've learned so far.

I haven't, as yet, found a site that manages links that would benefit me, as opposed to them. Most free link management sites require you link to them which, IMO, helps to create the appearance of a link farm. Some also "host" your link pages, which I feel is of no benefit to your link partners and can also create the appearance of a link farm for your partners.

There are also services that offer ready-made pages by category and you just copy and paste the info into your own template, or upload the pages as they provide them. The major problem with this is you get a lot of duplication across all the sites using their services, and a good chance of being tagged as a link farm.

There are services available that will get the links for you, create the page and either have you upload to your site, or upload for you. The standard fees I've seen for this run around $5 US per link. If you go this route, you want to be sure the quality of the incoming links are good, on topic, links; and no link farms are involved. You should keep your links under 100 per page (including any internal, navigation links you have on the page) so that all links get spidered. If you set rqquirements for them to follow, I wouldn't be surprised to see the fee per link increase as a result.

There is a lot of software available that can do link management for you and several I've tested work well, but I've found a couple problems with them also.

One popular program creates link pages with hidden comment tags with your keyphrase, something that can get you dropped by certain SE's. You can only modify the template if you purchase the PRO version but it doesn't seem good to me to pay almost $200 for software that you have to do extensive template revisions to remove spam from them.

Other software I've evaluated queries the SE's and I would think you have to be very careful using this feature so you don't violate any SE's directives on automated queries.

Software also offers the ability to auto email, again a nice feature to save time, but something you have to be very careful about. You should create your own personalized email as a lot of webmasters autodelete the "preformatted" email these programs have provided.

Any software with automated features would need to be used judiciously, not just for the reasons above, but because you could also be using the potential link partner site resources when you query on a site.

I realize I haven't provided any "recommendation" for a specific company, but that's because I haven't found one yet that covers all the basics and follows the "rules."

I can recommend that a search on Google for "link management" "reciprocal link software" and related phrases should bring up some good quality resource sites that have done in depth reviews of sites and software that offer this service.


3:50 pm on Mar 1, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Well here are the scrits/software that I would use if I were you

1) Links SQL: (US$ 450.00) we are actually using this on our web site.
2) In-Link: pretty good and every easy to use
3) IndexU: Easy to use, and costs only US$ 99.00

There are many more scripts available, but if your budget permits, I think Links SQL is the best choice, as it can easily manage more than few million links and is very easy to use.

Hope this helps.


4:33 pm on Mar 4, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Thank You for the help. Definitely saves me a lot of foot work. I will look at in depth the three directories listed and avoid the automated ones.
7:10 pm on Mar 5, 2004 (gmt 0)

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LINKS SQL is a very good piece of software with excellent forums and good plugins.


9:45 pm on Mar 11, 2004 (gmt 0)

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mrcgiguy makes several different configurations of Hot Links..it's inexpensive and comparable to the others mentioned.

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