When Does Ordinary Linking Become A Link Farm?

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When Does Ordinary Linking Become A Link Farm?
« on: 04-20-2010, 19:40:40 »
am looking to put links out for my web site. I know "link farms" are penalised by Google. but hoew do I recognize a link farm? when does a website with a huge amount of links and categories for links become a link farm and therefore dangerous?


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Re: When Does Ordinary Linking Become A Link Farm?
« Reply #1 on: 04-20-2010, 19:41:54 »
When you link to the pet site, will you be expected to also link to other sites that link to the pet site? Will linking to the pet site get you links from numerous other sites that link to the pet site? Will you be expected to publish a page (a page that will be provided to you) that links to the pet site and a number of other sites?

An answer of "yes" to any of those questions indicates that you might be dealing with a link farm.

A separate question is whether the site in question is linking out indiscriminately. If they're linking to any trashy site out there just to get a reciprocal link from it, then that might harm the site's trustworthiness. It doesn't make it a link farm, but it might mean that linking to it makes you less worthy of trust. Linking out to a lot of sites is OK, as long as you're doing it for your users. Linking out to lots of sites in order to get links back from lots of sites is a problem. It's up to you to look at those links and come to a decision about why the links are there.

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Re: When Does Ordinary Linking Become A Link Farm?
« Reply #2 on: 05-01-2010, 23:23:34 »
A good way to know if you are spamming is if the niche is irrelevant that your link is from or the information that is with the link is not helpful.  Also spamming squidoo and stuff too much it's gotta be your own judgement.

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Re: When Does Ordinary Linking Become A Link Farm?
« Reply #3 on: 05-02-2010, 02:19:10 »
I agree whith PCKen

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Re: When Does Ordinary Linking Become A Link Farm?
« Reply #4 on: 05-02-2010, 03:45:16 »
It's all about quality and the sites focus on the user. If we use the example above of a site giving information about say pets and let's narrow it down a bit more to say about dogs. Then for quality purposes sticking to the subject of dogs as closely as possible is going to be the best way to keep quality up.

e.g. Users visiting your site would probably enjoy other good dog websites so linking to them is a great. You're helping the user getting more relevant info. That's an example of a good quality link and one that google won't penalise. i.e. it's difficult for them to penalise it.

However if you start adding links to sites about gardening, cars, toys etc, google's gonna wonder what's the connection and they'll soon realise that you're most likely getting paid to put those links on. Sticking to your niche as closely as possible is the way to go.

Most link farms are just sites packed with links, and all the sites are linking to one another. That is the key difference between a link farm and a directory.



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Re: When Does Ordinary Linking Become A Link Farm?
« Reply #5 on: 05-02-2010, 04:34:02 »
Link farms are basically directories and sites all linking to one another many on the same collection IP's.

Just stick to building quality sites, and only link to related sites that are sure to benefit the user. Simple as that really!

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Re: When Does Ordinary Linking Become A Link Farm?
« Reply #6 on: 05-02-2010, 16:51:46 »
Yeah google is pretty good about telling the difference between relevant backlinks and spam/link farms.  Maybe they check IP I don't know but  it works, theres a lot of secrets about googles formulas and google likes to keep it that way

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Re: When Does Ordinary Linking Become A Link Farm?
« Reply #7 on: 05-06-2010, 16:14:01 »
I think if you join a backlink sharing site it won't hurt THAT much it can really help get started if you're not listed on search engines at all.  But for better sites it's not so good.

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Re: When Does Ordinary Linking Become A Link Farm?
« Reply #8 on: 01-16-2017, 04:44:26 »
Yeah  google is entirely great about differentiating between applicable backlinks and spam/connect ranches. Perhaps they check IP I don't know yet it works, theres a considerable measure of privileged insights about googles recipes and google likes to keep it that way.
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