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Will Se Penalise For Linking To Link Exchange Site
Posted 19 October 2004 - 04:50 AM
Some Link Exchange websites say they will approve our application only if they find the link of their website on our website.
As I do not want to get penalised I would like to get some feedback on this.
Posted 19 October 2004 - 05:39 AM
You can get penalised for linking to bad sites, but the crux is how to decide if a site is bad, and more importantly, how can you protect yourself from them going bad in the future.
When you link to a site you are recommending them. So ask yourself the question 'would I recommend this site if I did not want the link' ie, is the site a good resource!
If the answer is no, then don't link. Also take a look at the ort of sites they are linking with. Are they linking to PRN sites, warez, mp3, gambling etc. are the links on target and relevant to the content of the site you are linking to, or is it just a huge set of links of all sorts?
There really is no black and white answer here, you just have to look at what the site is like now, and in what direction you think the site may go in the future, then go with your gut instinct. My way is that if I have to consider should I be linking, then I should not be linking.
Posted 19 October 2004 - 10:21 AM
Posted 19 October 2004 - 10:44 AM
Posted 19 October 2004 - 11:12 AM
I am not asking whether I should put links of the websites listed in these link exchange websites.
Also I add all my links manually.
Posted 19 October 2004 - 11:31 AM
You can never be penalized by sites linking to you as that is not in your control but you can be held responsible for who you link to.
Posted 19 October 2004 - 11:32 AM
But that's the answer to your question. If you think links to those linking programs will benefit your visitors (because that's the reason why we have links on our sites), then of course it's fine to put them there.
If you're only doing it because it's a requirement, but not a benefit to your site users, then it's a bad move.
Don't know what the search engines will do; it doesn't matter as it's not really a concern since your users are the ones who buy your stuff (presumably).
Posted 19 October 2004 - 11:36 AM
You are obviously unsure of the linking arrangement so you already know the answer and because you are considering the SEs first you are already looking from the wrong perspective.
Posted 19 October 2004 - 11:39 AM
As the others have said, if it's of no value to your visitors, it's really of no value to you!
Posted 19 October 2004 - 12:02 PM
If you are not 100% happy with the content of the site, and the outbound links on the site that you are linking to, then don't link. You are recommending this site to your clients, they are going to associate the quality of YOUR site with the quality of THAT site you have linked to.
Posted 19 October 2004 - 12:44 PM
Harish - I think we're all wondering why you'd want to put these links on your site, is it a requirement they have to using their services?
I took a quick look at one of the sites you mentioned and it doesn't appear to be a link farm, but I also can't find where it says you have to add the link back.
Posted 20 October 2004 - 12:52 AM
Thanks to all.
Debra I have not listed all the Link Exchange sites here. I do agree some of them don't expect you to link to them but most of them so expect you to do so.
Check this link
It is clearly mentioned that they will approve a site only if they find their link on my site.
Posted 20 October 2004 - 03:05 AM
Posted 20 October 2004 - 07:31 AM
It takes a lot of time doing so. Also one is not sure whether the site is regularly monitored. The response time from is very long. In these Link Exchange sites when one adds his/her website we are sure they are looking for reciprocal links.
Posted 20 October 2004 - 08:05 AM
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