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I found that to generally be the case. If only one out of 1000 link requests comes from a worthwhile site it's not worth the effort to weed out the 999. I'd probably play even if the ratio was 1:5. Checking five sites for all the tricks mentioned in this thread is a hugely time consuming task. Any worse than 1:5 and it's cheaper to buy advertising (unless you value your time at $0).
I get "links are great for both of us lets link" emails all the time. This morning, I got one from a site with a pr zero, and one back link.
I have 10 pr 6's and one pr 7, 18,000 backlinks in a very tough webspace. From my point of view, they are wasting my time (spam).
For new sites, I suggest they seek other new sites (simular pr and backlinks) out and exchange links. Pull out the cash for a high pr site link.
In today's web, I don't believe it is reasonable to give a penny link and expect a dollar link back.
Am I just angry or does anyone else share these feelings? # "
I am always curious when I see only the extremes argued in an issue.
Where is it written that people who ask for links are *not* adding information to the internet. Or how is asking for links a "pathetic attempt at outwitting a search engine"?
Me thinks there is way the hell too much protesting and chest thumping in many of these messages.
My site is small, less than 400 pages. But it is good solid content, much of it original and researched .. information you are not likely to find anywhere else on the web.
So tell me fella, who the hell are you to "get angry" at what I'm doing. Or the "gent" who decide my site was "crappy" because I have asked for links.
You have never seen my site ... what an ignorant statement to make.
Where is it written that people who ask for links are *not* adding information to the internet.
Right on! I gave up adding links to my link page long ago and now add specifically targeted links to my other pages, i.e., on my "blue widgets" page I only link to other "blue widgets" sites if they want more info, in case what I provide isn't enough.
Link Naturally Link Naturally Link Naturally Link Naturally...
When you are linking to other sites, do it naturally. What did you do before Google PageRank was released on the public? Why not go back to those methods? They were working then, right?
I just find it so much more easier to link naturally than to force a link if you know what I mean. And, don't just provide a text link. Add a short descriptive using your own words or the META description from the site (if available). You could even include the sites Logo to spice it up a bit.
Forget about those dull, dry, bland auto generated pages that the software is producing. Get rid of those now. Get rid of the footprints. Then build your partners section as if you were making money promoting them, their products and their services. Stop with the bulk link exchanges and focus on quality vs. quantity. If you are in this for the long term, it will definitely have its rewards. It may not be as immediate as some of the link exchange strategies being discussed but, it is a good solid linking strategy for long term results.
Linking for raising link-popularity, & PR is in SE terms Dark Side in itself. Everyone does it, so it's only logical that blocking outbound with scripts is a natural way of stopping link dilution.
All the methods used for cloaking/hidden text can be applied to a URL. Some of which have already been covered here.
Brilliant choice of words and we have proved many times that it works.
How come a site in Europe comes No.1 in G for a very precise real estate search in mytown USA?
There is a possibility that G has decided that it is a directory, or at least a very valuable resource, for mytown USA, despite the fact that it is a real estate agent in Europe.
Guy with an online publication asks for a link exchange. I happen to have a page where that link fits perfectly, content page .. no other links on the page.
He's ecstatic. "Thank you!"
Last week I check his page. No link.
Me: "Hey, what about our link exchange?"
He: "No excuses, sir. Sorry, I'll put it up. BTW, where is our link?"
Me: "Right where it has always been .. goodpage.htm."
He: "Okay, I put your link up. We will evaluate it for 30 days and check the referrals. If we like it we will keep it."
Me: WHAT! **** on you! I don't need your f***ing link! (link removed from goodpage.htm)
He: You have 48 hours to say "Sorry" or your trash will be published and a report will be filed with the police (and continuing rant)
Now *that*, gentlemen .. and ladies .. is the dark side of exchanging reciprocal links!
Mmm ... can I log on to webmasterworld from prison? :>0
Sure it costs us some money, but at least we know the links are good and won't be removed.
When you pay for a service, you somehow are dealing with more serious people-- at least that's my experience in dealing with them so far.
I must have tried to contact 3 dozen folks. Nothing!
Not even a "No thanks" just ignored!
Can't get no satisfaction here why should I expect to get it out there!
Well, about a month later, when I was checking the stats and could not seeing any referrals from this huge industry, I went to their site, put my title in their Search, and pulled up nothing. So I deleted their link from my links page. Several days later, I receive an Email from them saying, "We removed your link because we did not find our link on your site." I, of course, emailed them back and said, "I did a Search on your site for my website, and it was not to be found, so I deleted your link. They of course did not respond, and I doubt seriously my link was ever on their website to begin with. So I think this was pretty sneaky.
I'm not sure whether this thread has encouraged me or discouraged me. I think I'm ready to just let "nature(al)" take it's course. HH
When you ask for a link, you have to tell the other webmaster why it will benefit him. And no, saying you'll get a PR boost doesn't work that well. Tell them why your site is a benefit to their users. Be specific...explain what your site offers and why it is unique.
You will see a huge increase in the number of replies.
The worst type are those who hide behind the noname guy who has to hide his address for fear of being sued by people who think he's a spammer. And the best part has yet to come. He won't let you know who is the loser on the other end begging for a link! He just wants you absolute and conditional reply that yes you will link to his spam farm they've built by linking every stupid article and Web page with the word "women's purse." Of course, none of what I do has even as a remote tie to women's purses. The word just slipped by in one page because the contents we develop is not written to spam and try to fool robots. It's written for real people, where mentioning women's purse during the converstion in a specific context makes sense, but it doesn't make any sense for the wider site.
But I'm rambling and Christmas is coming. So, I'll end with a Merry Christmas to all of you, including all those annyoing folks with crappy sites requesting links.
Why Oh why, can't I ever a get a request from a genuine and real quality site for a change....
Merry Christmas again!
I have a form where people fill it out and they are instructed to put a link up on their website first.
So I go look at their supposed page linking to me, and most of the time
(1) no link found at all
(2) link on a page with a url like [domain.com...]
(3) link on a page buried five clicks down from their home page
(4) not a real <a> tag link (this is not as common as the others)
(5) it's an "adult" site and I clearly say that I don't trade links with "adult" sites
(6) linking site has one name, but the "title" they always send me is "keyword1 keyword2". If I listed their site that way, every single link on my links page would read exactly the same.