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Linking to "link:www.mysite" SE pages

Would this work?



11:42 am on Oct 3, 2001 (gmt 0)

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Say for example I create a page comprised entirely of links to my reciprocals count within each engine, e.g;


If you don't follow, the above code effectively sets the search phrase as link:www.webmasterworld.com. If a spider followed such a link, would it work for or against me?

billy fullerton

2:44 pm on Oct 3, 2001 (gmt 0)

As I see it the link is for the spiders alone and you're serving dinner big style.

It would be hard to persuade me that you'd get penalised for it as all you are doing is creating a shop front to cross reference your inbound links between the directories.

It sounds good to me NetGrease give it a go and if you lose your listings let me know so I don't lose mine as well. :)


2:44 pm on Oct 3, 2001 (gmt 0)

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This was just discussed yesterday, i think...

Take a look at [google.com...]

You'll notice the googlebot isn't allowed to spider it's own SERPs.

This is probably true for other engines, although I've not tested...


2:50 pm on Oct 3, 2001 (gmt 0)

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Also, search engine specifically ban each other and block indexing of some pages. I have some great links buried in se documentation at a few engines, but for linkpop - they are useless. Se's generally won't index each other.


8:12 am on Oct 4, 2001 (gmt 0)

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The blocking makes sense actually, and I would expect it was an outright ban rather than just specific areas. I'll do some tests and see if any thing happens.

If nothing does, then I'll find some way of harvesting the links from the recip. pages myself, and sticking them into an XML d/b. Hopefully I can do this with something like ASP, which might also help me eliminate duplications and advert links (failing that there's always the "manual" approach). Then these d/b entries could be output on demand via ASP into my recip. directory page, as opposed to just using direct links to the engines pages as in my post above...


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