Are "Web Site Designed By" Links Bad?

Nov 13, 2009 • 6:46 am | comments (12) by | Filed Under Link Building Tips & SEO

A Google Webmaster Help thread asks a common question in link building. The question is, are "web site designed by X," where "X" is a link to your company, against Google's guidelines?

Both a "level 4" and "top contributor" replied to the thread. One said:

I would think this is a matter of personal preference, and it is quite common in the industry.

The other said:

As far as we know - there is no harm from them. (Hope not - I use them on all my sites ;))

What do you think? Like they said, this is done very often. My company no longer does this, we haven't in years. But we did it a lot before "link building" was so important - go figure.

This is not a new question, we asked in in 2006 with

Forum discussion at Google Webmaster Help.

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