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Is bartering for links more acceptable than paying for one?

Discussion in 'Google' started by exor, Jun 14, 2009.

  1. #1
    Search engines like Google frown upon link buying. What about bartering? For example, I offer to exchange products or services in return for links to my site.
     
    exor, Jun 14, 2009 IP
  2. andrewterrol

    andrewterrol Member

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    i think exchanging products and services in return to backlinks to your website is much better that buying or direct exchanging links. This method is widley used on blogs, where at the end of the page usually is a backlink to the theme creator ant to the hosting company.
     
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  3. FREE BET

    FREE BET Peon

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    #3
    of course.....buying links is not considered white hat SEO
     
    FREE BET, Jun 14, 2009 IP
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    blog8491 Notable Member

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    I guess offering a service is a good idea rather than a product.
     
    blog8491, Jun 14, 2009 IP
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    jondog123 Greenhorn

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    I agree with this, but also offering a service may be a little better as well. I think you are fine though.
     
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    bermuda Peon

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    #6
    Offering free tools and services in return for free one way links has been practiced and exercised with success by webmasters online and is a great way of link building over the net but the tools need to be of high quality to work actually.
     
    bermuda, Jun 14, 2009 IP
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    There's nothing wrong with exchanging goods or services for a link to your site. If the other party agrees to it then why not? In fact IMO it's perfectly normal and have done it myself. I think a lot of people have. Just good quid pro quo and link buying can often be dicely and uncertain as you don't always know what the quality of the links will be. Hope that makes sense.
     
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    #8
    Offering to exchange products or services in return for links is a good idea.
    Its also a good idea to start a backend blog for your product website, and post so very good content blog posts, then syndicate the posts via twitter and digg. You will get people linking to if your blog posts are good, and these are the best kind of links.
     
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    I have bartered for links with great success before. Just approach Webmasters who could benefit from something you offer, and whose traffic is related to your Website. It is usually very easy to gather several incoming links this way.
     
    Hoster1, Jun 14, 2009 IP
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    Beezery Peon

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    Exactly. The key word is the culd benefit from it too. So it's a win-win situation for both of you.
     
    Beezery, Jun 22, 2009 IP
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    mji2010 Active Member

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    Does any one know exactly how google can tell if you are buying links or not?
     
    mji2010, Jun 22, 2009 IP
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    lindamood1 Active Member

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    infact, buying link are having less effect at long time.
     
    lindamood1, Jun 23, 2009 IP
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    #13
    This is both detected algorithmically and reported, to be subsequently checked manually.

    As to the question by OP: I can't see why bartering is better than selling - both ways you are manipulating search results.
     
    Earnest01, Jun 23, 2009 IP
  14. exor

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    Indeed, it is yet another form of manipulation. I wonder how G would react to reporting "link bartering"? That would be an interesting test. As one poster pointed out, it occurs all the time when sigs are included at the bottom of open-source software like forums and blogs.
     
    exor, Jun 26, 2009 IP
  15. Patricianian

    Patricianian Well-Known Member

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    #15
    Buying links won't affect your website ranking in the SERP's in a bad way ;)

    However, still one way links are the best.
     
    Patricianian, Jun 26, 2009 IP
  16. John.

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    bartering has worked well for me
     
    John., Jun 26, 2009 IP