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By Joel Weiner
Posted Wednesday, October 13, 2004

Recent publicity suggest that Link Exchanges are being frowned upon by the search engines, and sometimes even penalizing those that misuse this particular tool..

Here is what the search engines are formally stating:

"...participation in certain services to artificially inflate link popularity.."

".. we pay attention to products that automate link management, check site ranking, cloak, generate automatic doorways, etc. And, people who abuse those tools may run afoul of scoring in just the same way as people who do unethical things by hand.. "

What's springing up around the Internet are Free-for-All type link exchanges. You put your link in a page that everyone is supposed to copy and update once a month, to a page on your website. So you have 400 links on a page, all jumbled up, no ordered organization, total link chaos and this is attached to your website with your domain name embedded into the URL address for all to see. This is supposed to look like everyone included has links pointing to and from them. Supposedly this will create the look of popularity with the search engines, thus sending the webmaster the traffic they so desperately need to survive.

Now along come the search engine robots, which are the most sophisticated machines ever known to man, infused with millions of dollars of development money, pretty much all-knowing of every keyword on the Internet and the pages to which they belong, running on banks of super computers, sitting at the apex of giga giga giga bytes of storage. Besides just link popularity, these machines do correlational calculations, linking themes or subjects together.

Search Engine robots understand which keywords belong to each website and have the ability to do statistical correlation which is common in most languages used to create these programs. A quick query to it's database and it comes up with a score of how closely you are in theme-tightness to the sites you are linking to and perhaps even how tightly-themed those sites you are linked to, are to the ones linked to on their websites. The more tightly-themed your score means that you are only including websites in your link pages that match or have something to do with the theme of your website.

What we have here in the case of free-for-all link pages is total link chaos. No organization to it at all. Of course these sites using these methods will be punished.

Now, consider how these same smart search engine robots think when they stumble across a Link Directory where all the links are related to one central theme. The links listed in these directories are websites that match each other in themes without the threads of the cancerous growth of link disorder infringing into it. The difference is like night and day, organization over disarray.

Hundreds or thousands of links, all nicely organized on hundreds of keyword-tuned pages. Resonant Keyword patterns throughout each page, using the embedded keywords you selected as your themes. These are used in the meta tags, titles, text, and most importantly, the page's URL address. Add to each page the hundreds of listings which include those same keywords again and again in each theme site's URL address, title, description and comment and perhaps banner image URL address. These are very good pages to find for a search engine robot.

Order against chaos.

The Altavista search engine on its Link Popularity page, (,says in part:

It values: "Pages that serve as good hubs, with lots of links to pages that that have related content (topic similarity, rather than random meaningless links such as those generated by link exchange programs intended to generate a false impression of "popularity")."

The problem, as I see it, is that uninformed webmasters may start shying away from links of any kind. Can you imagine the Internet without links? All because of misinformation. It would be the end of the Internet as we know it today. If we don't inform the public on how to properly obtain and use Reciprocal Links and the dangers of using these Links-for-All pages, every webmaster on the net will pay for it.

One great free program to create theme based link pages is Zeus. Read about it at (

About the Author
Joel Weiner is the Webmaster of, The NEW Internet Opportunity! Hosting, Products To Sell, Recurring Income & Marketing Support. (


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