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    The Eternal Optimist zimmy's Avatar
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    I get requests from people all the time to exchange links. I have just been putting the emails in a folder saying I'll get to it another day. well I guess it is time to respond. What criteria do you all use for deciding who to exchange links with? My links page has a PR5 and I don't really want to fill it with PR0 pages - is that being kind of snobby?



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    I also have a popular wireless retail & ISP site that has a PR5 last checked. What kind of website do you have? Maybe I would be interested in trading links with you...

    Thank you,
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    Zimmy,

    We have the same problem with link requests and my advice to you is weed it out and always remember it's your site and what you put on it should be your decision.(2) Don't feel bad as this is the same way they feel when they get requests, it works both ways.(3) focus on well recognized websites that rank well in the engines and not just drop on the net newbies as the engines will then perceive this as simply a link farm and award you a lower rank.

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    Does the site have a PR0 because it's brand new? Maybe it just hasn't been indexed and/or ranked yet. Is it good quality or is it all garbage? Once it does get ranked, it might do very well, maybe even better than yours.

    Even if the site has a low PR if it's good and has potential to do better with a few link exhanges, it might be worth your time. If it complements your site in a positive way, there's no harm in it. On the other hand, if the site is not well done, if you don't particularly like it, and it does nothing to improve the quality of your own, I wouldn't personally link to it, even with a high PR.

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    I'll only link to a site that I would want to send my visitors to.

    I love the requests that say:

    "I see your bicycle touring site is only # 3 in Google. I think a mutual link with my casino site would be a good match & get you to #1!"

    These losers don't get even a response. Nor do the clowns who don't disclose the site name in their email. These seem to be brokers.

    Since I usually check out the promising ones, I checked the site in one request since it was in my region, though an inappropriate "match." Out of curiosity I emailed them from their website link. The owner replied that he had no idea what I was talking about & that they never solicit link exchanges. Turns out some broker is out fishing for possible link exchanges unbeknownest to their targeted site & offers to sell any links he gets to the target.

    Wayne

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    The way you handle it is, you hit delete.

    Blacklist also works nicely.
    Comments are opinion unless otherwise noted. Remember, pillage first. Then burn. Half of all people in the world have IQs under 100. You best learn to trust ol' SSanf!

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    Or the ones where they're link page is a seperate domain... they want you to link to site.com and they'll link back from site-directory.com.

    I find these insulting ...

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    <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Or the ones where they're link page is a seperate domain... they want you to link to site.com and they'll link back from site-directory.com. <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

    I think links that don't appear to be reciprocal are better.

    So, if the directory has good PR, I'd like those, at least if my link ever showed up in the directory! Problem is, the ones who promise a link from a high-PR directory never seem to get around to putting my links into it. So now I'm stuck going around and deleting those outlinks from my site.

    <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Even if the site has a low PR if it's good and has potential to do better with a few link exhanges, it might be worth your time. If it complements your site in a positive way, there's no harm in it. ~Catwoman <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

    I absolutely agree. I have a few link partners that started out as new sites with PR0 or PR1, and now some of them have more PR than I do on that site! I think it would have been a lot harder to set up these links if I waited until they had high PR.
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    The real value of links in to your site is the anchor text of the link, not the PageRank that may be passed.

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    Some of you seem to be putting way too much emphasis on "page rank".

    Page rank has been overrated on its importance based on some posts I am reading IMO.

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    <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR> Page rank has been overrated on its importance based on some posts I am reading IMO.
    <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

    Since you mention it, the toolbar-reported PR certainly hasn't been showing any correlation with SERP rank lately, at least based on what I've seen.
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    I think the bottom line is, will it be beneficial to your visitors to provide a link to this site? If so, do it.

    I agree about placing too much emphasis on PR, it doesn't seem to mean much when checking SERPs. I've seen PR 2 or 3 pages listed in the #1 spot, while PR 7 or 8 pages are found on pages 5 or 6.

    Do the right thing for your visitors, and you'll be OK. Just make sure the links you provide continue to work, and don't redirect to another site. You have to check them from time to time.

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    Make it a habit to check those links regularly. I traded with a Christian parenting site. Months later I clicked the link on my site and it was redirected to a porn site. Others let their domains expire or sell their sites.
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    <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR> I think the bottom line is, will it be beneficial to your visitors to provide a link to this site? If so, do it.
    <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

    I think that is great advice!

    <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR> I traded with a Christian parenting site. Months later I clicked the link on my site and it was redirected to a porn site. Others let their domains expire or sell their sites.
    <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

    I have a very family friendly content site. That would be horrible!

    <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR> The real value of links in to your site is the anchor text of the link, not the PageRank that may be passed. <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

    Thanks - (& @Dirk)I see I have been putting too much emphasis on PR.



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    My question is, with direct links, how can you tell how much traffic you are sending another site? Or is that not an issue. Is it more about how many sites we all link to inorder to increase our page rank? This is something that I am having trouble understanding.

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    I think the quality of the site, the relevance to your visitors and the nature of the inquiry are more important than the PR.

    If a request is obviously written specifically for you, the writer has obviously checked out your site and is writing because the match is good and the email isn't trying to sell you on the link - it's well worth considering.

    A PR0 site making that sort of effort is obviously prepared to do the work that it takes to build their site and might be a good long term partner.
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    Well said Pharm boy and I completely agree with you.



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    I'll accept a link exchange if the other site has something worthwhile to say to my audience.

    If not, I'll send the requester a "wish you the best" email. If I don't send this message, I get a rash of "we sent you this 3/5/10 days ago and await your response" emails.

    PR never factors into my descision-making process.

    If I have a website selling dinnerware, I'll link to a site about antique plates or a site telling how to build a dining room table. I'll even link to another site selling dinnerware.

    I won't link to a "home theater" site because one of my pages managed to rank #34 for "subwoofer plate amplifier".
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