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Linking To Non Related Sites
Posted 28 February 2005 - 06:31 PM
Imagine the deed has been done, its not something i now do, but i have accepted in the past link exchanges many sites.
Posted 28 February 2005 - 08:41 PM
IMHO, for what it is worth, you are very unlikely to get in trouble by linking to off-topic stuff. Look at all the NGOs that link to sponsors. They are off-topic in anyway an algo can work out, but I am sure they won't hurt a site's rankings.
The processing powered required to add penalties like this is usually simply too much to justify the gains. It is harder to work out a link is off-topic than on-topic, so my bet would be that all links count, some just count more. In that respect, nothing has really changed, as some links have and always will help more than others.
So my advice is don't worry about it, but if you are concerned, stop doing it, or contact the old link exchange partners and tell them you are dropping their link for "editorial reasons" and they can feel free to drop yours. Problem solved
Posted 01 March 2005 - 03:06 AM
always try to get quality theme based links...
Posted 01 March 2005 - 03:14 AM
No, Links from your site to the link farm etc can cause a problem
Posted 01 March 2005 - 04:00 AM
Search is getting tighter, the SE's are getting more and more focused as the pagination of their database grows. Many are using clustering now to try and group sites together in order to grade them for specific topics. In this regard links are crucial, and, if you are linking out willy nilly to sites that are really not about your sites subject matter, then the chances are the Algo is going to have difficulty knowing which camp to put you in.
Why would you link out to a site that is not relevant to your visitors though? that is the question you need to be asking yourslef.
Posted 01 March 2005 - 06:26 AM
Posted 01 March 2005 - 09:43 AM
Posted 01 March 2005 - 03:21 PM
Are socks relevant to shoes? Not really, but you might link to one from the other.
Therefore, it's not a problem, imo.
Posted 02 March 2005 - 01:54 AM
With the whole question originating in will it harm a site.....surely not.
But, if you want to attract interest for potential reciprocal link partners, it is surely a better bet to stick to what will most likely be deemed relevant to those webmasters with whom you wish to reciprocate.
I'm not suggesting getting rid of the links (although I might if I knew what they were) but at least make good 'relevant' pages for sites that you do deem relevant for linking.
Posted 09 March 2005 - 02:58 PM
What I've done in the past was create a special link page, and then I categorized the links.
It was a youth Do It Yourself type website, and so I exchanged links to others with the same feel, such as eclectic stuff, unusual funky little shops, ezines...
My visitors really liked that link page and it ranked well and was heavily used.
Posted 09 March 2005 - 04:19 PM
Personally, I don't think the search engines will ever become smart enough to tell if the subject matter of one site is really related to another site. Not until they get to AI levels anyway.
A couple of examples to make the point.
Let's say I have a site that sells the ability to print stuff that is pretty cool. Something that may be of interest to my users is a link with my recommendation to a couple of places that sell Printer Cartridges at a steep discount, or even a site that offers Refill Kits.
There's no way the search engines today are going to make the connection and see that the link is beneficial and on-theme, assuming they even try, but my users will love me if I do my homework and find a couple of really top notch suppliers that allow them to save a little money. Especially since they're going to be using up their ink faster using my service.
Let's say I run a little community forum that is frequented by teens, mostly teens that live in fly-over country. I get a link request from a site that sells designer prom dresses and will ship them from their New York store anywhere in the US.
Would it be a good idea for me to offer something like that for the teenage girls who might not have any other option to get a real name designer dress for their prom? You betcha!
[FWIW, both of those are real, live examples.]
Posted 09 March 2005 - 10:06 PM
You linking to non-relevant sites wouldn't do anything for you period.
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