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Posted 18 April 2004 - 10:18 AM
I'm in the process of evaluating the various web sites that I have created. I look after about fifteen web vacation rental web sites, each focusing on an individual property. On each of these web sites are a link back to my web site. I in turn link to these web sites from my web site as examples of my work.
I also run a holiday villa directory that links to most of these individual vacation rental properties, although far from exclusively. The directory contains links on most pages to my web site to illustrate who has created the web site.
I'm not in danger of creating a link farm here am I? I wouldn't have thought so as all of the links have a valid reason to be there and they weren't placed there to try and trick the search engine - just to refer people between sites.
James (needing gentle reassurance!)
Posted 18 April 2004 - 10:27 AM
Also, if the links all make sense to exist on the pages as they do, then I wouldn't worry about it. They should bring you traffic in their own right, and that's the name of the game!
Posted 19 April 2004 - 08:24 AM
The standard definition I see is something along the lines of 'created solely for the purpose of boosting link popularity', but that seems very vague, and only defines the intent rather than the implementation. How could a link farm be defined in terms of its content and technical implementation? Can anyone give me the URL of a link farm?
Posted 19 April 2004 - 09:18 AM
I am sure you will run into one sooner or later on your own anyway as there are tons of them out there.
Posted 19 April 2004 - 09:21 AM
The standard definition I see is something along the lines of 'created solely for the purpose of boosting link popularity', but that seems very vague, and only defines the intent rather than the implementation.
Unsure what the difference between intent and implementation as outlined above would be since the medium that displays both is one dimensional and totally visual while "intent" and "implementation" is anything but.
Let me give the link farm definition a shot.
Link farms tend to be one or two page websites that are created, uploaded and linked to a main site that's selling something. Usually there are a lot of them linked back to the main site, and they tend to be about one facet of the main site or just a "mini -me".
They don't have any depth and/or provide anything but cursory information on a topic. No outside links come into them and occassionaly, a bunch of "mini-me" sites are linked together.
How could a link farm be defined in terms of its content and technical implementation?
Content - Usually not much and not always relevant to the site they link to
Technical implementation - They're upload.
Posted 19 April 2004 - 02:07 PM
....no, a link will not be posted here to one as we do not want to promote such techniques here in this forum. I am sure you will run into one sooner or later on your own anyway as there are tons of them out there.
The point is, will I recognise one when I see one? However, I think Magnolia's definition and the thread suggested by Jill pretty much clear it up for me, and I must say it is not exactly what I imagined it to be. Thank you all for your input.
If I understand it correctly, a link farm is something a webmaster would set up for themselves alone, and not something one is likely to get involved with by linking (or getting a link) from the wrong place.
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