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Do you let fellow bloggers know they showed up a bad neighbor?

  1. readytochangenow
    Member

    I was doing my daily learning and came across http://www.bad-neighborhood.com/text-link-tool.htm from timethief. Two of the blogs I follow showed up as link farms due to the number of links they have in their blog roll and other items in their sidebar.

    Is it appropriate to let them know this? What do you do?

    The blog I need help with is breakingtherubberband.wordpress.com.

  2. :(( not sure what any of it means nor what a link farm is
    (sounds very very unpleasant!!)
    but I clicked through and checked mine and I've come up 100% GOOD
    thankfully!

  3. Ha! I checked mine and I got several "questionable links" from dear @dribblingpensioner, thanks to his post on sex vs. golf.

    Anyone who knows @dribblingpensioner, knows he's harmless. A dirty old man sometimes, but harmless.

  4. Two of the blogs I follow showed up as link farms due to the number of links they have in their blog roll and other items in their sidebar.

    Do not post the URLs here please but are they perchance Blogger (blogspot) blogs? Or are they WordPress.org self-hosted blogs? Or are they free hosted .wordpress.com blogs?

  5. @momfog
    Don't forget what is stated on the site that provides this free service.

    Text Link Checker Tool

    Text links are an important factor in today's search engine optimization, and exchanging links with other websites is a good way to get them. However, doing a link exchange with a website that is penalized can have some detrimental results.

    This tool will scan the links on your website, and on the pages that your website is linking to, and flag possible problem areas. This can greatly ease your seo efforts.

    For an explanation of what the various visual cues mean, mouse over them for more information.

    Important Note: This tool is intended as a guide to assist webmasters in locating potential problem areas with their linking strategies, it is not intended to dictate who you do or do not link out to. Please read more at the Bad Neighborhood Clarification post on the Bad Neighborhood blog. http://bad-neighborhood.blogsblogsblogs.com/2007/08/26/a-quick-clarification-on-the-bad-neighborhood-detector/

  6. I understand. I just thought it was funny to call @dribblingpensioner "questionable." He's a sweetheart.

    I hope you are well? You're in my thoughts, TT. I know you've had a rough time of it lately. :-)

  7. I'm okay. Thanks for asking.

  8. I got curious and checked mine too and actually got quite a few (43), but their algorithm must be awfully sensitive to certain sex related keywords.

    One of the funniest "questionable links" was to a personal blog of some friends who write about their hairless Egyptian cat. Apparently the phrase "naked cat" is scary..... Hehehehe!!

    Looking them over I'm not worried... I link to film blogs that review odd cult exploitation movies so it's not going to be with a bit of naughtiness mentioned here or there.

    Still a useful tool to know about. One never knows....

  9. I have a friend who has a blog titled Naked in Eden and it's all about survival in the Australian rainforest and it of course triggers detection as well. The stumbleupon tags I used for "big pharma" and "drugs" also trigger detection. However, I do find this tool to be a useful one.

  10. readytochangenow
    Member

    @timethief They are both WordPress.com blogs with A LOT of links on their sidebars.

    It looks like it is a nice tool to identify potential issues, but nothing to go nuts about.

    Trying to be a 'good neighbor' - a little bit of knowledge is a bad thing. :-)

  11. @readytochangenow
    Often new bloggers link indiscriminately to other sites as they aren't experienced enough to know what constitutes a "'dodgy site". In addition many new bloggers get into reciprocal linking arrangements. Simply stated reciprocal links are based on an agreement by two sites (two way) to link to each other. Quality reciprocal link exchanges in and of themselves are not a bad thing, but most reciprocal link offers are of low quality. If too many of your links are of low quality it may make it harder for your site to rank for relevant queries, and some search engines may look at inbound link and outbound link ratios, as well as, link quality when determining how natural a site’s link profile is.

    Before you consider reciprocal linking to sites, consider your readers' perspective and whether the proposed links provide value to them. If the sites content is related to your own site, then it could make sense because the links are organic and useful, but reciprocal linking between dozens or hundreds of sites, however, is unlikely to provide reader value, and linking to many unrelated sites is detrimental.

    Search engines like Google use link popularity as a method of ranking your site in their results. The more related sites that link to your site (especially high traffic sites relevant to your field), the higher on the page your site will appear when someone searches on “your” keywords.

    Questions: Is it appropriate to let them know this? What do you do?

    Nothing and this is why. The last time I brought this up on this forum a member with blog that was over a year old that still lacked a page rank at all and still does, and only has unrelated links it his/her/its/ blogroll personally attacked me.

  12. readytochangenow
    Member

    Thank you.

    I keep my blogroll short and with the exception on one post usually never link to more than one.

    I like linking back to posts that inspire me, that is until I ran the report (and others I found today) I didn't realize the consequence.

    This all introduces me to a new layer of blogging and to proceed with caution. Thank you everyone for all of your valuable insight.

  13. @readytochangenow

    I like linking back to posts that inspire me

    That's the way to go, provided you check out each link and the site it's on before your choose to backlink to it in a post of your own.

  14. Hell, that site gave me a warning for linking to Wikipedia and for linking to Vanityfair.com. I feel safe ignoring it.

  15. It gave me warnings for links to myself for talking about being naked and blue at some ungodly hour of the morning.

  16. readytochangenow
    Member

    I have to agree with everyone here - after looking at it for the last few days I think it is a good way to stay aware - but not nearly as serious as I thought it was.

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