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Over the years, we have acquired thousands of reciprocal links. Many (most) of these link partners have since stopped linking, so we've dumped them too.
Now I want to dump everyone that's left. But I'm wondering: should I dump ABSOLUTELY EVERYONE?
What we have is link directories. Let's say one of our sites is about blue widgets. But we have plenty of link categories for links to orange knickknacks and yellow thingamajigs.
Would it be beneficial to dump all the links, but keep those to sites that are specifically about blue widgets (our area)?
Or just dump all recip links? (the link pages have a grayed-out bar anyway).
so if i link to you , i provide you with
1)opportunity to have visitors
2) pagerank juice
3) indexing for SE
but i have a sneaky feeling that if i link to you , you provide me with
1) Pagerank juice
not much but a little .
I could be wrong aswell.
anything not related to your site
sites that are 404's or don't exist.
Try to organize what is left into well defined categorized groups.
Keep the links that benefit your end users regardless of reciprocation. In other words, don't establish a 100% RLR (reciprocal link ratio).. you want your RLR to be somewhere between 30-80% RLR which shows the search engines you are linking for your end user and not necessarily for reciprocation.
Some would say that your approach is lazy, but that wouldn't be right. You're working hard and carefully, but your focus is on the web not on the subject matter. It's great you are web-savvy, but it's better to be subject matter savvy first and foremost.
And, anyway, out-bound links have value in SEO.
Any links that are not even remotely related to your site should be removed immediately.
Try to avoid a links page, perhaps including relevant links on the relevant pages might work.
Nothing is wrong with link exchange if you do it SLOWLY and with sites RELEVANT to yours.
[edited by: martinibuster at 5:37 pm (utc) on Aug. 24, 2008]
[edit reason] Removed specifics. [/edit]
Adding links to a website is very important, especially when a website is aging. Also try to keep a reasonable nofollow ratio or your site might get viewed as a website with low editorial value.
I also noticed that /links.html pages are not bad if they are implemented the old school way.
The fact you say you have exchanged with 1000s of other sites is scary to me, and I find it extremely lucky you have not been banned in any way for exchanging such a large quantity of links.
Well, I have been penalized, in the sense that none of my links pages have any PR left. So I guess I'm in some sort doghouse.
However, my sites still pull in decent, targeted traffic. Making money. So not all is lost. ;-)
I'm doing an experiment right now (after tigger's advice), dumping some types of links from a couple of domains, all links from another one, and only the ugliest ones from a couple of more.
We'll see how it goes.
notsosmart, how do you know that your links is what got your penalized? is it possible you have been marketing your site in other ways to cause what you perceive as a "penalization"?
It is possible that it was something else, however:
a. Many pages with great incoming "natural" linkpop (edu and other authority sites) remained in good standing
b. Pages optimized for some four-word keywords common in my industry remained no. 1-3
c. My link pages disappeared from google (the gray bar)
Am I right to assume that very active linking (we were really quite good at it) is what got us into trouble around late 2005 or so?
Do link exchanges even work any more?
I was thinking of moving all of my links deeper into the site. Currently, they are only one click away from the home page.
As far as maintaining the links, it's a nightmare of pain. 95% of new link requests are spam. I have no idea how many of my link "partners" dumped me. I haven't even tested for 404s.
Yes, link exchanges work fine if you keep them highly relevant the volume slow/natural (dont participate in full duplex schemes).
You know the answers as to what happened to your site better than any of us.. ask yourself, what have I done lately to my site that may have caused a problem that doesn't benefit my end user? If you have participated in some flavor of a "get links quick" scheme, you will know it. If you have been obtaining links slowly and naturally, ask yourself when was the last time you updated your content? is all of your content turnkey or is it original?
there are so many factors that can cause problems. It's often times very difficult to pinpoint a specific cause unless you have been blatantly doing something that you know isn't kosher and would not benefit your end user's.
Just loose links slowly over time, picking out ones which are not relivant to the theme of your website, and keeping links which are. Doing this will probably improve the traffic to your website further.
Let us know how it works out.