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    Hi - I have read posts on avoiding link farms but I am still a little confused. I have exchanged links with this site

    http://www.url.biz

    I thought it was a directory so it would be ok - but now I'm not too sure - is this a link farm - have I screwed up?

    I don't completely understand the difference between a link farm and a directory.

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    Val,
    I'm sure there will be better answers coming but if you are weary of a link, just don't link back. Most folks will check for their link on your site and if they don't find it they will typically remove yours.

    And if they don't, I don't think there is much harm. We can't control who links to us so there shouldn't be a penalty for getting links in from unethical (crappy) sites. maybe....

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    I supposed to take a Dallas Cowboy Fan seriously?
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    <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by valerie5794:
    I supposed to take a Dallas Cowboy Fan seriously? <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>That's just so cold!!

    But the cowboy fan is essentially correct. You can't prevent people linking to you, but you can deside who you link to.
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    That urlbiz site is kind of deceptive. I personally wouldn't link back to it, but thats me.

    At first glance, it looks like a nice directory to get listed in and get some PR to your site. Unfortunately, all the links out to sites are in javascript - and open in a tiny new window too boot.

    Thus, getting listed at this site isn't going to give you any PR - and I highly doubt much in the way of traffic, either, since few people use these types of directories in my experience.

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    Val they look like a valid linking directory with page rank and no spammy practices.
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    Thanks all

    Jim - how do I see the javascript? When I do a mouseover all I see is my link I wanted to use.

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    <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by valerie5794:
    Thanks all

    Jim - how do I see the javascript? When I do a mouseover all I see is my link I wanted to use.

    Val <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

    That's the trick! They are not passing PR. Modified onlick and mouseover events are deceiving you. Check the code

    <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>
    onmouseover="window.status='http://finition-de-meubles.com/finishing_supplies/';return true;" <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

    Try one more thing. Right click on the link, then select copy shortcut from the IE menu. That is suppose to copy the shortcut, right. See what it does.

    I do not know whether it is safe to say it is not spammy. But it is definitely a deceptive practice as Jim said.

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    Oh ok- because I can't copy the shortcut - that's an indication that there is something funny going on. So in the furure, when I am looking for link partners doing a mouse over of other links is not good enough. I need to look at the code. That is so sneaky - people can be real jerks.

    This company says that if you give them articles it will help get your listing to the top of the page - ie: whoever gives the most content gets top billing. Genious - pure genious - and here I am trying to figure out how to get all of my content written - and they have it all figured out.

    Man I hate learning curves. I feel like such a dope. But thanks to everyone who is so willing to help those of us who need it. I mean it would be very easy for you to go on making your $$ an not give a rats patooty about wether or not I suceed.

    THanks Again

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    From looking at just a few pages on this
    linking site, it looks like most of their links
    are Searchfeed links.

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    It does get a reasonable traffic rank at Alexa (see here) so that indicates that there might be real traffic coming from that site (I said *might* - please don't let this turn into another long argument about Alexa).

    The categories are taken from the Open Directory - Recreation/Whips is a dead giveaway, but the actual listings themselves are mostly spam or affiliate links.. really low quality stuff.

    It's basically is cross between an affiliate link farm and a Toplist, I think. Given that it doesn't have any PageRank to give, I'd frankly not bother with it at present.
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    I put in a test link and an article to see if the underside of this one is a e-mail spammer. Your correct about the non-exchange of PR with the mouseover click. I therefore placed their recprocal link button on one of my EcomCity pages as I could care less about that PR5 page. I'll submit the static listing page to the SE's and see if that won't drain them of a backlink.

    They do have a admin area and nice listing page with photo/graphics and 500+ words of text for your promo. I'll post the results if they send any traffic.

    click http://www.url.biz and search for "suspenders" ....
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