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Trying to find quality links


Andrew Thomas

2:19 pm on Nov 5, 2002 (gmt 0)

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Ive been reading posts here on linking from other sites, but makes sure the links are from a quality site, So im looking at the page rank of these sites.

The sites im looking for are Tourism/Camping areas in the UK, but ive only found a handfull of quality sites.

And my current page rank is 3

To improve my page rank in need to link from quality sites, but i cannot find any.

Does anyone have any knowledge of this area with decent sites i can link to, or what else do you all suggest


2:40 pm on Nov 5, 2002 (gmt 0)

I wouldnt judge the quality of a site by the pagerank.

I would be happy to exchange links with a PR0 site, if it was a good site (ie non spammy, good navigation, information that was useful to my visitors).

If you are offering a product or a service, then look for sites that offer information or listings about your product or service.

And vice versa - if you are an information site, request listings from widget sellers.

On the specifics of your subject area I would say look for local sites that operate in the areas your deal with and ask for links (directories, local tourism sites, etc) - im not just talking about the regional level - go right down the local towns and cities and search for guides, etc (try ODP).

When others have been saying "get links from a quality site" I think they are refering to a legitimate, non spammy site. Even if a site has low PR and by your (or our) standards its not well optimised, or the navigation isnt great, or the graphics could do with some work - it still has visitors and it still has useful information - ask for a link anyway - it all counts!

Hope this helps!



2:41 pm on Nov 5, 2002 (gmt 0)

WebmasterWorld Senior Member 10+ Year Member

search google for area + directory and area + portal try

and find some portals for areas like the lake district and trackdown campsites



2:43 pm on Nov 5, 2002 (gmt 0)

WebmasterWorld Senior Member 10+ Year Member

Why stick with UK? I've had great success in going to web sites who, if they were doing business in the same country as my site, would be very fierce competitors of mine. But, since they don't sell in my country, and I don't sell in theirs, it's easy for me to do a "Don't live in the U.S. - Try these great sites" page.

PR is relative, too. If there are only a handful of relevant sites, then there are only a handful of sites competing for the keyword. PR3 may be gold, here.



2:46 pm on Nov 5, 2002 (gmt 0)

WebmasterWorld Senior Member heini is a WebmasterWorld Top Contributor of All Time 10+ Year Member

Hi Andrew, we can of course only try and help with a strategy to finding good links rather than with specific sites worthwile in that area.

You did already check all directories covering your area of interest?

It's not easy to get good links for free when in a competitive field and having only PR3.
So perhaps a paralell thing to do would be to try and pump up your site with additional info. With a well thought out internal organisation of the material and good internal linking you should be able to get to a higher PR anyway.
Which in turn makes it easier to get good reciprocal links.

Andrew Thomas

2:55 pm on Nov 5, 2002 (gmt 0)

10+ Year Member

Thanks for the replies

>>You did already check all directories covering your area of interest?

Yes, and I am listed with all the good ones i have found, but i have only found about 10.

The site im trying to promote is my families campsite, based in Cornwall. So im in most of the camping directories, and SE, but thats about it.

Although we get quite a few Germans and French people visiting, so I could find some European links.

Anyway thanx for the advice, I'll keep trying :)


3:00 pm on Nov 5, 2002 (gmt 0)


This google search looks promising - have a look at the sites in there.

Other searches / sites to try:

Travelling to Britain (or UK)/ England / Cornwall
Camping in Europe / Britain (UK)
Student travel sites
Weekend break information sites



3:20 pm on Nov 5, 2002 (gmt 0)

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I'd like to reinforce the point that jackofalltrades made at the top of this thread. That PageRank 0 site maybe a PageRank 6 site in a couple months. I've had sites go from 0 to 5 in a month, when I work on them. I have a site that is now a 0, that will be a 6 or 7 by the end of the year. So, don't be afraid to do some links with good sites that don't have a good PageRank (yet) because it's likely that they'll get a good PageRank if the site is really good.

Andrew Thomas

3:24 pm on Nov 5, 2002 (gmt 0)

10+ Year Member

Thanks for the PR info, I was affraid to link to these, as ive read in the posts that PR0 could mean they are banned for some reason, and that i could get penalized to because im linked from them.

Is their a way to find out if they are banned, or just that they havent yet been crawled?


4:54 pm on Nov 5, 2002 (gmt 0)

10+ Year Member

There's a few ways to snoop around, but you really have to judge first if you want to invest much time in it. Look at the site content first, and decide if it's quality and something you'd like to link to, and be linked from.

Search for the domain in Google, what do you see? What is cached? Search for the site at other search engines. The site in my profile right now is a good example of a site with a PR of 0 but is not banned. Just had no content last time Google spidered it.


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