Hi folks, I'm still working on my new site, it is actually up and running, well, proably more correct to say that it is up and stumbling, but never mind, I battle on. I have heard/read that if you link to a site and they link back to you it is cancelled out by google's crawlers ie they don't count it at as a brownie point when assessing your site as any two people could simply add links for each other's site. This seems strange to me - I can't see why google would discount the links if they are reciprocal. Have I got my facts wrong? If not, why won't google 'count' them. bijoupad
Google might discount obvious reciprocal linking if there was no good reason, eg like all the SPAMs inviting me to set up such links with entirely irrelevant and sometimes content-thin but heavily-commercial sites.
If the linking is useful between useful related sites it should count as a positive for both.
I agree that quality linkage is a positive. If the links to another site are relevant to the content, and to a site of at least equal quality then I don't see why Google would frown on this. The problem comes when it's gratuitous links to a page for no other reason than trying to get up the search engine rankings. Google do discourage link farming etc. but quality user content (that includes relevant links) they do encourage. I would honestly concentrate on quality of the content and not worry too much about the seo.
I really question how relative it is these days. I don't think a day goes by where I don't get some sort of 3-way link request. The site they want a link from is normally loosely related to one of the links - but ultimately ends up with some sort of gaming/porn site. It makes it all rather farcical, I just bin them automatically these days. I add a link - only if I see it is relevant to the site. I never have got into emailing to get back-links, although I'm not saying this is such a bad thing - just not really sure these days. Seems like a lot of work for questionable return.
Mostly BS and always nothing to do with my site's content. Mostly they are time wasting idiot "directories".
Some are very creative, people who have actually read my sites actually ask for links.
The universal answer is always "indifference".
Sometimes, a fellow from my genre, asks for a link even to good sites.
As I said before, I've given three links in ten years
Oops, one small difference, I have for periods up to three months made links to very personal friends [read people like here] solely to get them into Google and then removed the link later when they stood on their own feet.
In OZ terms that's called loyalty to your mates, not all will understand.
I also get loads of emails for link exchanges - never added one. My main reason to link to other sites is usually to provide the source for quotes I've used, or to corroborate facts. I've never asked for a link in return.
If I get a request that's at all plausible and interesting for me readers then I send a slightly-off-beam reply and question as a Turing Test. If a real, intelligent, pleasant human answers then I'll consider a link, though still rarely a swap (ie I won't then ask for a link back).
If the whole things seems robotic, them f**k them, since I put care and personal attention into my hand-crafted sites and I'm not there to be walked over by some get-rich-quick scumbag...
Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 03/09/2010 07:56AM by DamonHD.