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Link Farming 101

Discussion in 'Link Development' started by clubmedia, Nov 5, 2004.

  1. #1
    i have never paid attention to "link farming" tactics and how google may give your site less relevance in google searching.

    what is there to prevent others from posting your site in link farms to lower your site's google ranking?

    if anyone has google information on this please post it here
    SEMrush
     
    clubmedia, Nov 5, 2004 IP
    SEMrush
  2. ResaleBroker

    ResaleBroker Active Member

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    The problem comes when "YOU" link to a link farm not when a link farm links to you.
     
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    payoutwindow Peon

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    #3
    Exactly what IS a link farm??
     
    payoutwindow, Nov 6, 2004 IP
  4. Cricket

    Cricket Well-Known Member

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    Define: Link Farm

    Definition: A set of web pages that have been built for the sole purpose of increasing the number of incoming links to a web site. This is done in order to increase link popularity and search engine rankings. Link farms usually require a reciprocal link from sites seeking listings. Link farms are a known spam tactic and sites that participate in them are likely to be penalized or banned from the major search engines.
    websearch.about.com/library/glossary/bldef-link-farm.htm
     
    Cricket, Nov 6, 2004 IP
  5. Old Welsh Guy

    Old Welsh Guy Notable Member

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    In plain English (well Welsh English in my case :))

    The traditional link farm was where you would take the links page, add your link to it, and post it complete on your own site as your links page. Things have moved on from there however, and many now triangulate link farms, where there are three groups, A, B, & C. A links to all the B groups, B links to all the c groups and C links to all the A groups. B never links to C making it a trianle. The search engines cam pick this up now though.

    In it's purest form a link farm could be described as a load of links that are shared that are not relevant to the sites it links to. Oh Hang on , isn't that a directory ;) (Joke) .

    If you are worried about joining a link farm by mistake, then my advice would be to look at the links page, look at the structure and content of it. If it is ful of links from sites as varied as 'Aunt mables pie baking recipies' through 'ch3ap C!4lis Pharmac3y' enlarge your p3nis, $50 bet free at our casino, etc, then if it is not know, it is likely to become a bad neighbourhood sometime in the future, and your linking in to a couple of sites like that could get your site banned.

    Review the site, review the links page, and if your visitors will benefit from having a link to the site, then link to it. If not, walk away IMO
     
    Old Welsh Guy, Nov 6, 2004 IP
  6. payoutwindow

    payoutwindow Peon

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    Looking at the above definition ... "directories" requiring a reciprocal link would technically be a link farm then ... and this is where I get confused
     
    payoutwindow, Nov 6, 2004 IP
  7. Cricket

    Cricket Well-Known Member

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    #7
    Here are a couple of articles I found that may help clarify the difference for you.

    What Exactly Is A Link Farm?

    Link Farms Grow Spam (Net Mechanic)



    Cricket :)
     
    Cricket, Nov 6, 2004 IP
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    payoutwindow Peon

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    Thanx Cricket the articles made it a lot clearer and it should help Clubmedia as well.

    btw .. whats your url ClubMedia
     
    payoutwindow, Nov 6, 2004 IP
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    Elee Well-Known Member

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    Is there a quick simple way to check to see if you are linked to a link farm or they have a link on your site?
     
    Elee, Nov 6, 2004 IP
  10. clubmedia

    clubmedia Peon

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    more good info guys, thanks!

    payoutwindow, all my sites are now listed in my signature if you want to check them out :)
     
    clubmedia, Nov 7, 2004 IP
  11. a389951l

    a389951l Must Create More Content

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    I am still having a hard time discerning what is a link farm. I think there are some obvious cases as mentioned in this thread.

    But why would something like linkdash be considered a linkfarm? Is it too automated?
     
    a389951l, Nov 9, 2004 IP
  12. payoutwindow

    payoutwindow Peon

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    #12
    I think LinkDash is a potential farm.

    if you read the article here ...
    and then looked at the linkdash description ...
    hope this helps a bit
     
    payoutwindow, Nov 9, 2004 IP
  13. a389951l

    a389951l Must Create More Content

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    Yeah I read the article but there seems to be gray areas to me. People can put up the ODP directory which is more or less cookie-cutter even thought its intention is much differrent.

    Hmmm... food for thought though.
     
    a389951l, Nov 9, 2004 IP
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    payoutwindow Peon

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    You are right about ODP content, but also note that ODP has categories ... Linkdash says nothing about categories ... IMO just better safe then sorry. From what I have read here ... if your url gets blacklisted by G, you might as well forget about that URL.
     
    payoutwindow, Nov 9, 2004 IP
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    a389951l Must Create More Content

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    Yeah linkdash has categories also. But maybe it is better to be safe than sorry as you stated.
     
    a389951l, Nov 9, 2004 IP
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    Can a site be penalized for bad inbound links. for example a number of sites offer one way links for a small amount of money but eventually you find unrelated sites linking to you is that forbidden.
     
    tohamy, Jul 27, 2005 IP
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    payoutwindow Peon

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    one word answer .... a big NO!
     
    payoutwindow, Jul 27, 2005 IP
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    PokerDIY Well-Known Member

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    It's been a while since this thread - has anyone got any feedback on LinkDash? I am considering paying the $9 a month to see what happens, but I have a respctable PR5 on PokerDIY and don't want to jeopardise it...
     
    PokerDIY, Oct 2, 2006 IP
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    My suggestion is don't bother with linking schemes. As Google says in it's webmaster guidelines. :)
     
    TomN, Oct 2, 2006 IP
  20. Old Welsh Guy

    Old Welsh Guy Notable Member

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    #20
    too funny...............
     
    Old Welsh Guy, Oct 2, 2006 IP