When one plunges into blogging, the first thing that comes into mind is link exchanging, which is believed by many of us bloggers to be the golden ticket to huge amount of traffic and successful blog optimization and monetization.
Yes it could be every blogger’s golden ticket, if the blogger knows how to utilize the opportunity.
While link exchanging turns your simple online diary into a popular site, it can also cost you some misfortunes if you are less careful about it, especially when you link your blog to a site that is not highly recognized, infamous and holds a bad reputation.
You ought to be vigilant when it comes to this one because if you buck up the wrong tree, it can affect your page rank negatively.
If you think that emails have a fair share of scams, well it is actually the same for link exchanging. Hence, we would like to share you some useful tips on how you can avoid those unwanted scams.
1. If you were to receive a link exchange request, do research on the site first. This is really advisable especially if your site is an online business site whereby you need to ensure that its status is well maintained. Analyze the site in terms of whether it provides valuable information that you can benefit from, its significance towards your readers and visitors, and the page rank. A site that is ranked ‘0’ may not necessarily be a bad site, but there is a possibility that the site had once or is currently given a penalty. So do look into these areas before accepting the offer.
2. Upon visiting the site, check that your link can be found in the site to indicate that your link has been added into the blogroll or network. Not all webmasters are honest about a link exchange, or perhaps they have their own hidden agenda when they informed you of their request for a link exchange. Hence, you should ensure of this aspect.
3. Once you have found your link in the site, click on the link to validate that the URL is correct. This is because webmasters sometimes make use of your link name to link to their site instead of yours. This is another area that should be looked into as well.
4. Look out for the URL code by right clicking on the link and selecting ‘Properties’. If you notice that a java script or codes besides htm and html, or if you notice ‘rel’ included in the link, the exchange should be declined. These codes are actually used in order for the search engines to overlook your link and will therefore not make any difference to your page rank and traffic.
5. Ensure that the page code is such that your link is not associated with a robot.txt file, which can cause your link to be disregarded by search engines. You can do so by selecting ‘View’ and then ‘Source’ from your browser task bar.
6. Check that your link has been displayed on the home page of the site that requested for the link exchange. If your link is displayed on one of the other pages on the site, visitors of that site will not even know about your link. This is also apparently a tactic that dishonest webmasters would use so that you will not gain as many visitors as possible. So before accepting the link exchange, make sure that your link can be clearly seen on the home page rather than other pages of the site.
Being careful with link exchanges is like being careful when choosing your friends. You would only accept friends who truly want to build a friendship with you instead of those who want to build a friendship just to take advantage of you in the end.
The same theory applies to link exchanging.
With that, be careful not to hop on board the bad linky love train!
Talking about linky love train, we just remembered that Marzie has invited us for a ride on her enormous linky love train. We would definitely hop on board because she is a fine example of a true friend in the blogosphere who would support us and even help us when we need one. It was surely worth exchanging links with her!
Now we too would like to invite a few others for this amazing train ride!
The rule: When you get tagged, you have to add your name below the person who tagged you and by doing so you are letting the list grow.
Rachel’s Soulful Thoughts
When Silence Speaks
Dancing in Midlife Tune
Underneath it All
I am Dzoi
Hobbies and Such
Choc Mint Girl
Rooms of My Heart
A Great Pleasure
Colin aka Cotojo
This is going to be the ride of our lives knowing that there is a great bunch of amazing people joining in the ride as well. But the more the merrier! So please hop on board the train:
They, too, are a great bunch of people who have been supporting us from behind, and they truly deserve this ride.