How link exchanges got started in the early internet days

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How link exchanges got started in the early internet days
« on: April 14, 2010, 08:15:47 PM »
Back in 1996 I started fiddling with websites about computer games. You can find a small remnant at Computer Game Player which has a few websites of those I was building and promoting at the time. Anyways, here's a rundown of how all sorts of linking got started in the early beginning :)

History about link exchanges
In mid and late nineties, doing link exchanges was how the net worked. It was how you could find new interesting websites on the internet. Content was scarce and website surfers had limited access to search tools like todays with one exception being AltaVista. However, primarily, webmasters and surfers connected through links.

Webrings, banners and themed links
Most websites would mostly link to either:
1) Sites of huge interest and importance, e.g. website portals.
2) Sites with the same topic and theme.
Related websites were often organized in groups of banner exchanges and webring networks. All quality websites did heavily in button exchanges and reciprocal text link exchanges. With gaming websites, button (88x31 or 90x30 pixels) were extremely popular. And unlike today, most websites actively worked on maintaining a links page on their site. It was also common to actively search for related websites and engage in text, button and banner link exchanges.

Times changes for reciprocal links
When search engines such as Google began ranking sites on backlink, things changed. Webmasters started to seek all kinds of link exchanges, even low quality free for all links, also referred to as link farm pages. Search engines responded with counter measures to penalize this and devaluing such sites and links.

Link exchanges and bad neighborhoods
Today, if you contemplate reciprocal links, you have to take special care. Avoid having so many link exchanges it reminds of a link farm. Limit yourselv to exchange links with only related theme and topic websites. At any price, avoid bad neighborhood websites, i.e. websites with poor content that links to many other sites and pages.
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Re: How link exchanges got started in the early internet days
« Reply #1 on: August 11, 2010, 12:57:33 AM »
Link exchange is really good in getting backlinks from high PR sites but aside from that you can also do guest blogging to get more backlinks.

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Re: How link exchanges got started in the early internet days
« Reply #2 on: September 28, 2010, 02:15:16 AM »
The reciprocal linking whereby two or more websites link to one another to increase traffic.

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Re: How link exchanges got started in the early internet days
« Reply #3 on: October 07, 2010, 01:45:45 AM »
You can go for the following activities.
Blog Comments
Forum Comments
Press Release Submission
Article Submission
Social Networking
Yahoo Answers
Social Book Marking
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Re: How link exchanges got started in the early internet days
« Reply #4 on: October 08, 2012, 08:01:09 AM »
Thank you for sharing.

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Re: How link exchanges got started in the early internet days
« Reply #5 on: October 08, 2012, 09:19:45 AM »
Back in 1996 I started fiddling with websites about computer games. You can find a small remnant at Computer Game Player which has a few websites of those I was building and promoting at the time. Anyways, here's a rundown of how all sorts of linking got started in the early beginning :)

History about link exchanges
In mid and late nineties, doing link exchanges was how the net worked. It was how you could find new interesting websites on the internet. Content was scarce and website surfers had limited access to search tools like todays with one exception being AltaVista. However, primarily, webmasters and surfers connected through links.

Webrings, banners and themed links
Most websites would mostly link to either:
1) Sites of huge interest and importance, e.g. website portals.
2) Sites with the same topic and theme.
Related websites were often organized in groups of banner exchanges and webring networks. All quality websites did heavily in button exchanges and reciprocal text link exchanges. With gaming websites, button (88x31 or 90x30 pixels) were extremely popular. And unlike today, most websites actively worked on maintaining a links page on their site. It was also common to actively search for related websites and engage in text, button and banner link exchanges.

Times changes for reciprocal links
When search engines such as Google began ranking sites on backlink, things changed. Webmasters started to seek all kinds of link exchanges, even low quality free for all links, also referred to as link farm pages. Search engines responded with counter measures to penalize this and devaluing such sites and links.

Link exchanges and bad neighborhoods
Today, if you contemplate reciprocal links, you have to take special care. Avoid having so many link exchanges it reminds of a link farm. Limit yourselv to exchange links with only related theme and topic websites. At any price, avoid bad neighborhood websites, i.e. websites with poor content that links to many other sites and pages.

Thanks for the head up!
This is really very informative.

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Re: How link exchanges got started in the early internet days
« Reply #6 on: October 09, 2012, 02:38:18 AM »
Back in 1996 I started fiddling with websites about computer games. You can find a small remnant at Computer Game Player which has a few websites of those I was building and promoting at the time. Anyways, here's a rundown of how all sorts of linking got started in the early beginning :)

History about link exchanges
In mid and late nineties, doing link exchanges was how the net worked. It was how you could find new interesting websites on the internet. Content was scarce and website surfers had limited access to search tools like todays with one exception being AltaVista. However, primarily, webmasters and surfers connected through links.

Webrings, banners and themed links
Most websites would mostly link to either:
1) Sites of huge interest and importance, e.g. website portals.
2) Sites with the same topic and theme.
Related websites were often organized in groups of banner exchanges and webring networks. All quality websites did heavily in button exchanges and reciprocal text link exchanges. With gaming websites, button (88x31 or 90x30 pixels) were extremely popular. And unlike today, most websites actively worked on maintaining a links page on their site. It was also common to actively search for related websites and engage in text, button and banner link exchanges.

Times changes for reciprocal links
When search engines such as Google began ranking sites on backlink, things changed. Webmasters started to seek all kinds of link exchanges, even low quality free for all links, also referred to as link farm pages. Search engines responded with counter measures to penalize this and devaluing such sites and links.

Link exchanges and bad neighborhoods
Today, if you contemplate reciprocal links, you have to take special care. Avoid having so many link exchanges it reminds of a link farm. Limit yourselv to exchange links with only related theme and topic websites. At any price, avoid bad neighborhood websites, i.e. websites with poor content that links to many other sites and pages.

Good information about link exchange.

 




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