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Is there any way I can reach out to thousands of webmasters without using Zeus or any other link automation software?
If you are not bothered about the theme of the site that links to you and are happy with most general sites try a search on google for..
"if you would like your link here please email us"
[edited by: mack at 6:08 am (utc) on Sep. 25, 2002]
Don't participate in link exchanges for the sole purpose of increasing your ranking in search engines.
If you intend to participate in a massive link exchange simply to inflate your pagerank you might want to delete the link on your profile b4 Googleguy sees it.
fiffy, I am not trying to boost my PR. I'm looking for traffic from the links themselves in return for sending those sites some traffic myself. It has worked on a smaller scale, now I want to scale it up.
Googleguy, if my objective is not to boost PR and is purely to exchange traffic, is it still a flawed method?
welcome to the world of Google, btw, a very relevant question.
Links used to be for directing visitors to other webpages and sites.
Enter Google dominance and links are considered "votes".
So primary school popularity came into place. Who gets most votes and is most popular? This got out of hand through artificial mass linking link-farm generation. Google fighted this by penalising extensive interlinking of many sites all interlinking to each other (the PR0 penalty).
The thing to do now, is to be more critical to whom you link yourself. No problem in having hundreds of links to your site, because in many cases you have no influence on that. But if the mass of outbound links you are offering your visitors from your site are towards webpages, again all interlinking to each other, without a good chunk of new relevant fresh webpages, non related to this link-farm , you are asking for trouble.
In essence Google is saying that - linkwise - you are offering your visitors no extra insight over and above these already existing sites.
We have no automated forms for this that will crawl and check a return link, it is all done by a person.
If I'm going wrong somewhere, I can correct my method or drop this idea altogether, I'll hate to lose google traffic for no reason.
I'd like to have Googleguy's views on this.