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Hired a Backlink Service - Some Rankings Slipped Already

     
8:12 pm on Jan 19, 2011 (gmt 0)

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I have started using a backlink service about two weeks ago. My feeling is mixed at this moment. The links they build are mostly from junk sites for the pure purpose of link building, adsense or affiliate.

I'm keeping a close eye on my rankings. I have seen a couple of them slipping already but I'd wait a bit longer before jumping to conclusions.
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Are you able to have those junk links removed if your ranking spirals low enough?
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yes, I can reject as many inbound links as I want. But for outbound, this service restricts to about rejecting up to 50%.

spent a good day to sip through which sites to reject, a supposedly automated process become manually tedious...

amazed to see a handful sites that this service picked to link to me are one pagers with 2-3 PR. it's like an eye opener to the junkyard of the internet.

But the big question is should I allow them to link to me or not? And should I link to them or not?

still undecided...
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...amazed to see a handful sites that this service picked to link to me are one pagers with 2-3 PR. it's like an eye opener to the junkyard of the internet.


I have to admit that I signed up with a linking service and am a little concerned by some of the sites that are considered matches. Not only are they low on content (let alone original content), but the site designs are extremely fugly...
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...this service restricts to about rejecting up to 50%.


Sounds strange to not be able to tell someone who is working for you to stop providing a product that is not up to your standard.
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I can reject as many inbound links as I want. But for outbound, this service restricts to about rejecting up to 50%.

I would never use a service that forced a link on me, either inbound or outbound... but particularly outbound. You are in fact responsible for whom you link to.

Sounds in this case like they are forcing outbounds on you because they are in effect selling these links as inbounds to someone else. I'd run away from them really fast.

I think it pays to be really selective about backlinks.
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But the big question is should I allow them to link to me or not? And should I link to them or not?


I would remove all outbound links immediately and cancel the service.

Some inbounds will stay in place for now, but eventually they will take them down.

If you want to have outbound links (i.e. for reciprocal exchanges) on your site make sure they are on theme and make sense to your visitors. And don't go crazy with the number of links - keep it reasonable.
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PR just ticked 1 up. A couple of serps went up, a couple went down. I'm using this service only as a supplement. so far it hasn't done much harm so I'm keeping it for now.
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Inbound links, you take the risk (live by the sword, die by the sword, etc). But there's potential reward there.Maybe Google penalizes you, maybe they don't and you rank better.

Outbound links on the other hand, you've removed any doubt from Google's mind about what you're doing. No way would I ever link outbound as part of a link building service.
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Agree with Wheel all the way on this one.
8:02 pm on Feb 17, 2011 (gmt 0)

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I think hiring a linking service needs to be diversified.

You need 300 links?

Give 3 companies to opportunity to provide you 100 each.