Google Hell? The Efficiency of Link Exchanges

May 7, 2007 - 9:38 am 1 by

On a Cre8asite Forums post, a member says that he has about 185 emails asking to reciprocate links and wonders how to handle them, if at all.

I just wrote about Google Hell last week, and that was the first response to that particular question. Matt Cutts has some valuable information about link exchanges: there are penalties for spamming and too much is not good.

EGOL shares his personal experience and says that he does not pursue link exchanges:

I have never chased link exchanges and delete emails requesting them when they arrive. It is manipulation of the search results. Although it used to work the practice is rapidly becoming a waste of time.

But joedolson says that they're worth it, provided that it meets certain minimum criteria:

You need to look very closely at the site you'll be linking to and the _page_ which will be linking to you. There are some very basic questions you need to answer before considering any exchange:

1) Is the page linking to me a standard part of the site, or is it a directory page dedicated to reciprocal links? 2) What other links are on that page? Am I one of a few links out? Are there hundreds of them on the page? Are any of the links to questionable sites or site which I don't want to be associated with? 3) Is the page I'm linking TO one which I'd consider highly useful and relevant to my visitors?

A very good discussion continues at Cre8asite Forums.


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