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Posted 11 March 2005 - 05:49 AM
Firstly, i have been visiting this site and reading all the useful information that gets posted on here for a while so i thought it was about time that registered so i can participate and hopefully contribute to an already great forum.
Secondly, i have recently been doing some reciprocal linking that i feel would be beneficial to both my site but also to my customers who visit it regularly when i came across a website with the following statement and i was wondering whether you guys could you give me your opinion on this.
"For most effective linking, place the link to us on a different site to the site that you ask us to link to. Three way linking is often more valuable than two-way reciprocal linking because search engines are starting to lower the value of two-way add url links. "
Posted 11 March 2005 - 06:39 AM
That's a complete myth that has been put out there by those who think that Reciprocal links are being devalued somehow. Which is totally untrue from everything I can tell.
A link is a link is a link.
Posted 11 March 2005 - 06:55 AM
Cheers for your responce, i was a little scepticle about it but thought it was worth checking out first
Posted 11 March 2005 - 08:28 AM
Just a guess though!
Posted 11 March 2005 - 04:46 PM
The obvious principles apply still. get your link on a page that you will get traffic from and dont link to a crap site
Posted 11 March 2005 - 05:35 PM
Three way links seem to me to be perfectly natural as well. When you think of a topic specific community on the web - wineadvocate.com, epicurious.com & gourmetmagazine.com, it's incredibly natural to have 3 way linking going on - these are what create topical communities on the web (whether it's news, food, or blogs).
The danger comes when you are building links with sites & pages that have little or no relation to your own site's content. These are the ones that can (if overdone) get you into trouble. Just be picky about who you link to and trade links with. Don't worry too much about the other pieces as long as they're good sites and good links.
Posted 11 March 2005 - 06:50 PM
I agree with what's been said above, nothing wrong with reciprocal linking in the big scheme of things except that it's time consuming to implement and maintain. Add another site in the loop making it a three-w@y linking scenario and you now have even more time invested and another site to monitor.
And so there is no confusion - my definition of three way linking is Site A links to B who links to C who links to A. Which is what I think the example quote above says.....
I believe some of the "recip links are devalued" talk stems from sites who have large numbers of links they've swapped with that either fall outside their community or don't use anchor text wisely to help with ranking. Both of those linking criteria, when abused or NOT used, will result in the link just being a link.
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