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"If you don't mind, for my self marketing purpose, I would like to add some acknowledgement text to the footer of your web site. What do you think?
I will only small text (same size as your existing footer). The text is as follows:
Site developed and maintained by XYZ.com Web Development
With the link to my web site (but open in new window).
What do you think?"
What do YOU all think?
My site has PR5, his site has PR4. As he is a friend as well as our (paid) webmaster I'm happy to do it if it won't adversly affect my SEO / PR. However if it will have any negatives for me, then sorry ... but business comes first.
An aquantance of mine asked me the same question about a year and a half ago. I said pretty much the same thing as the answers above.
A year or more went by and I hadn't seen her around. I was surfing one day and happened upon a new site, so I took a look around and figured out it was her site, so I called her.
She said her other site just stopped delivering traffic so she had a new webmaster design her another site and this time it was working well. She was quite pleased. Even though she had to spend nearly $2,000.00 for an 8 page site which she really didn't have.
She said the old site was still up and running but doing nothing for her. I went and took a look at it. Sure enough ... her webmaster's site had a white bar on Google. He had a link on all 8 pages and they were the only external links in the site.
Guilt by association! I removed the links for her and it is now performing again!
I see no reason why webmasters believe they have proprietary rights to put their link on a site you have paid for. With the penalties dolled out these days, why would you want to be subject to what he or she does with their site? Webmasters make mistakes too ... as the many "Why isn't my site listed in Google" posts will verify!
Tell him or her he or she may have a link on your links page like everyone else ... and then monitor all your outgoing links at least once a month.
As soon as I discover a site which I am linking to has been penalized, I take the link off the site. I then call the person who's site I am linking to and let them know about the penalty and ask them to call me when the penalty has been lifted. If they bother to call, I then put it back on the site.
I don't think photographers have any rights to photos they have sold you eitherr. However, if they have "given" you photos ... then sure, a link is a fair trade.
......... Running and ducking as I sign off!
A link is of some value, or else designers (or anyone else) wouldn't ask for it. It's not "common practice" like a photo credit, it's something that in many cases designers got away with putting on sites because their owners didn't realise what was happening.
If it is for link popularity, then the risks and any rewards should be explained to the site owner.
A further risk in doing this is the identification as part of a network, if the designer does a lot of work with sites dealing with "widgets in widget-town" and those types of sites tend to interlink anyway.
I have to say that my professional site doesn't have a white bar (although it's only a PR5), and I usually give a link to their new site from my (PR4) portfolio page. It might not give them much of a boost in the SERPs, but it at least ensures they are going to get indexed reasonably quickly through the link from my site.
If we add a link to our webmaster's site we will have four outgoing links. Each receiving 25% of the transferable PR - 75% going to our three pages, and 25% going off site to our webmaster's website.
Our site therefore now has 25% less PR from our home page flowing back around our site because I gave one link to our webmaster.
Anyway, this webmaster is also a friend, so I let him link anyway, just wanted to know what everyone thought of this, and educate myself a bit.