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The sites participating in this link exchange all have sky rocketed their page ranks to 7 and 8's. I am pretty sure this increase in page rank is as a result of the interlinking. Excluding their own linking system, I have exchanged links with pretty much all of the same sites as these sites.
[edited by: heini at 10:35 pm (utc) on Mar. 17, 2003]
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and each is a link to the mainpage of each site.
A single link isn't the problem, 100's to 1000's of link are.
Hard to manipulate anything with just 1 link.
Am I wrong with this cautious tactic?
If you are the only one linking to yourself (voting) this is abusing the reasoning of link popularity & PageRank.
Almost every major site & portal has crosslinking in their sites...
Macromedia > Shockwave, Apple > Quitetime, Microsoft > MSN, Adobe > Acrobat, IBM > WebSphere to name a few...
But they don't get hit with penalties or bans simply because crosslinks is but a very small percentage of their overall inbound links to each site.
A good margin to start with is at minimum 2:1 - for every 2 crosslinks you should have at minimum another unique link. (plus different outbounds)
200 > 100
As your site grows however, the ratio should decrease to par (by the time you get to 1,000) and then 1:2 in favor of uniques by 10,000, and so on.
If you can't beat em, join em.
Try to get them all to link to you and you link to all of them, unless the same person ownes all of those sites and he's just linking to all of his own sites.