Rpsoft Site-Crawler Links
Reasons to Check for
shows some of the issues that we have seen
Examples of Site Problems
Reciprocating Links Back to Others
While most Webmasters and Webmistresses are most
honorable - including all of the ones from the fine sites that we link
to today, there can be problems with reciprocal links promised to you.
Furthermore, we also believe that there are a few people out there
that are not as honorable as the fine partners we link to today.
We find that overall almost 50% of reciprocal link exchanges - even with
prior agreement, bear some checking - definitely at the start, and later
at intervals to ensure nothing is missing. Which 50%? No one
knows. One has to check 100% in order to determine which 50% need
Advantage of One Sided Links is Tempting -
several "experts" today tell us that a one sided link might be
considered more valuable by search engines such as "google" than a
reciprocal link. But of course, who would agree to a one-sided
link? We are very sure that we have seen at least one site
that in fact did just that - agree to a reciprocal link exchange and
then later removed our link - and many links to others. Their link
pages seemed to go from "huge" to "tiny" overnight. They of course
did not respond to email complaints, and we of course removed our links
back to them.
The Missing Link Page - We have now seen a
number of sites who use simple links for their cherished affiliates and
their own pages, but have a complex linking system to their partner
links. And why should we not be suspicious that these sites wish
to "appear" to be good link partners, but instead have a means for
getting one sided links from those that do not bother to check their
link structure? We think at least several are cheating on purpose.
If one does not check these sites out, these sites will win. We
had one link request recently from a site that gave us the link page
that our site was on. It was on that page. But when we
scanned the site to ensure one could find the links page, our
site-crawler bot found more than 2400 internal link pages simply coded -
and yet not the links page. There also was no visible human link
to the link page on their main index or on several internal pages.
We wrote them with our findings and said "no thanks".
Automatic Link Systems - Some web site owners are
quite honorable, yet their links still do not happen since their
automatic systems for putting in their links do not always work.
If you find the issue and tell them, some will fix the issue. Some
others, however, seem so dependent on their automatic systems that if
there is a failure, they seem to not know how to fix them. It pays
to check. Note that a site search for your link as provided on
these sites may not give you the answer you want; we find that many site
reciprocal link checkers do not check their own site, but a separate
data base. That might mean that they "are thinking of you", but it
may not mean that there is physically a link on the site back to you as
Forgotten - We have also seen many honorable site
owners who seem to apply for link exchanges to many sites at the same
time. With only so many hours in a day, they may accidentally
forget the agreement with your site - and it may be very unintentional
and honorable. If you do not check for their link, you will simply
remain forgotten. If you do check, you can often send them a note
and have this problem fixed.
Off the Air - We have also seen a number of sites
that simply go off of the air. I am not sure that any of us can
blame them for not telling us that the link exchange is no longer valid
from their side. In this case, there of course is no reciprocal
link back to you since in fact there is no site any more.
Not Good Enough - This problem is not a very
honorable one from the other site owners, but we have seen it. One
site owner told us that they were indeed happy about the link exchange
via one email. Then later we noted the link missing from their
site. When they were asked they said that our page rank was not
high enough. (it is today, by the way). Well, that seemed to
not be the issue on the original agreement. I sent the original
agreement back to that site owner and then removed the link from my site
to theirs. Just as an aside - note that if one sticks with good
sites even if they are not highly ranked today, they may become highly
ranked tomorrow. Just a thought.
Errors - Even with the best link exchange
information, and with the best intentions, there can be errors on the
No Longer Relevant - Once we were approached by a
"link advisor" for a third party who wished a link with one of our
sites. We agreed to the link exchange and put the link in.
After a few months we checked and found no link on the other side.
After an email query we were told that "the site owner now thinks our two
sites are no longer that similar, and changed his mind on the link".
There was no email on their change of heart of course.
Off Site Storage - Some sites will store links
off site. This is a big advantage for them - since it leads to one sided
links coming into their sites with no reciprocation on their parts.
There are two problems with this. First of all, site crawler and
other bots are often programmed to not leave a site. Therefore,
they will not see your link on their site - but only if they are
programmed to look in that new location. And the new location is
likely devoid of content, and will likely therefore always be rated low
by the search engines. It may not even be advertised to the search
engines that it exists. It is best to at least know if you are the
victim (willing or otherwise) on off-site storage.
Drop Down Boxes and Mouse-overs - Drop down boxes
on sites, and mouse-overs may at first seem clever. But they also
can stop a bot from finding the reciprocal link back to you. Are
they being done by someone who with good intentions who has simply gone
too far on programming? Or is the site owner trying to block
your link and establish a more favorable one sided link in the process?
New Location - If you try to look for links on a
single page that you were told it was on, and it is not there, it might
be on another page. This one can happen quite easily and does not
indicate wrongdoing. There is a belief that more than 50 links per
page is a bad idea and that search engines may ignore such pages as a
"link farm". Some of us also believe that links should be
alphabetical within a category. In keeping things alphabetical and
less than 50 links per page, as links grow for a site, a specific link
may have to move pages. At rpsoft 2000 we sometimes have to move
partner links in order to keep them organized, alphabetical, and yet
less than 50 external links per page. How to find the link at its
new location? Use site crawler and scan the site. How to
tell how many links you have per link page? Use site-crawler.
It is what we use.
The above are all issues that we have seen. Some
of the reasons are quite honorable for a web link partner, and some are
not. And in many cases, we of course just don't know how honorable
the intentions are on the other site's part. However, if one
does not verify reciprocal link exchanges, then one is gambling that
their links are there. From our experience, even if others
approach you on a link agreement, difficulties on the link being in
place could be as high as 50%. And checking many, many sites, each
with possibly hundreds of pages, can of course be quite tedious.
We, for one, would not be doing link exchanges in the hundreds without
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