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Clients Linking To Seo - Pros And Cons
Posted 06 November 2003 - 05:40 PM
At a different forum topic the question of shared IP address was raised and I can see how if all of your clients are hosted on the same server as your own site and they all link back to your website, it could be an issue, but how about sites which are hosted by different companies?
Thanks in advance,
Posted 06 November 2003 - 07:11 PM
Graphic designers, web designers, and other companies that feature online portfolios, regularly link to their clients. And many web design firms have their name listed at the bottom of sites they designed with their name linking back to their web site.
So, it's being done in mass is my point. Does that make it safe? No. But it just doesn't make logical sense for this to be penalized.
my 2 cents,
Posted 06 November 2003 - 07:24 PM
By this time they are aware of the power of backlinks and are therefore able to make an informed decision. Most decide to link. Some don't. They all get the best service I can give.
What would be bad, IMHO, is if you put a hidden link to your site, or forced them to link against their will or knowledge (or applied undue pressure). A link is, to me, a "word of mouth" reference - or, in this case, a "word of mouse" reference.
If it's involuntary then it's unethical, I believe. And if you are the one doing the linking, then you have an even stronger duty to make sure that anything you would benifit from personally past the end of your contract is totally above board and completely disclosed.
I also think it would be shady and probably bad if you linked your clients together, especially if they were not aware of it. OK, not probably. It is.
IP-wise, it's safer to link between different IP's, but I don't think it would be critical. For one thing, if that's all it took then Joe Spammer could just set up 2 or more different hosting plans with different companies and crosslink away. Actually, some do this.
It's probably a combination of how many links, how many IP's, how many domains, and how many outside links.
I remember makemetop once said he ran into an issue with linking from customers, but apparently it was from the bad old days and the numbers involved were quite high. I don't know a lot about it so if he shows up you should get the story from him
IMHO - Bottom line - if it's in the spirit of word of mouth and honest reference, then no problem - if the reason is to manipulate your own (or your clients rankings) then it's probably a bad idea no matter how many IP's are involved.
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