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Do I want "Links" page links?

     
6:40 pm on Nov 12, 2015 (gmt 0)

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There are some sites I'd like to ask for a link which I think I have an excellent chance of getting, but I'm sure it would end up on the "Links" page along with a lot of others. Is that beneficial at all for SEO?
6:56 pm on Nov 12, 2015 (gmt 0)

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Wrong question. Is it beneficial to the user? If not, it probably won't help you and may hurt you.

The links need to *make sense*. If you have to stretch to explain why they're there, then they probably aren't a good idea.
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What's beneficial for SEO usually means optimizing for an algorithm that no longer exists. It's practically an axiom that if something is SEO Friendly then it's probably not good for you.
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Users first, after all they are the ones you want. As far as SEO is concerned, depends on the link. If nofollow, then does nothing useful.
10:25 pm on Nov 12, 2015 (gmt 0)

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There are some sites I'd like to ask for a link which I think I have an excellent chance of getting

Your chances may not be as excellent as you think. Out of all the link requests I've gotten over the years, I can only recall one that I accommodated. Usually the other site is worthless. Nowadays I seldom even look at them, nor do I bother to take the time to reply. I've gotten leery of clicking links in emails from unknown persons anyway.

If you do make a link request, I suggest that you don't start out by telling them what a fantastic site they have, or how your site is the perfect resource for their readers. Also, don't make up a story about how you stumbled on their fantastic site while trying to help some disabled kids with their homework, or some such.
5:53 am on Nov 13, 2015 (gmt 0)

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I've gone through several periods where I've used link "arrangements" and then using automated linking programs without providing a link back.
Probably a waste of your time, it certainly was for me.

netmeg says links need to make sense, and I believe that to be very true. If you want a link to pass value, an independent viewer should be able to determine why a link points to A, which links to B, which links to C.