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Reciprocal Links and Linking - any Experience or Recommendations?

Discussion in 'White Hat SEO' started by darulez, Jul 1, 2017.

  1. darulez

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    The usual "seobloggerbullshit" is out there (seobythesea on the forefront or the "google may do this or that" scheme"... ) or ". Today, it’s important to focus on readers and not SEO." authoritysitebullshitposts and the "google hates" gobble....

    But any of you got some real hands on experience of reciprocal linking?

    eg:

    you have a abc.com/links page. and on this site, you "trade" links to partners in your niche (!). They, on the same case, trade link back on their xyz.com/links site to you.

    however, in that case, there is a authority leverage, as their site (!) is much stronger..
     
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    i am testing different kind of links within a page and subdomains but not having found something real useful.
     
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    Penalty wise as long as it looks like a legitimately built "recommended resources" page it prob won't hurt.

    As for the benefit....I've tested "one way" links from those "Abc.com/links" pages that were on authoritative sites and we did see some good movement in the SERPs. We did not, however, reciprocate a link to them in turn.
     
  4. LuckyCharm007

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    It works well if the links are sent to different blogs. For example:

    You have Site A, C. The other webmaster has site B and D.

    Site A link to site B
    Site D link to site C

    You're 100% sure to not get caught that way.
     
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    yeah. seems like no conclusive answer. especially, if sites are somewhat not balanced in their strength..
    stil, I would go for it as long as you keep the "anchor spam" away, use brand links and get them nice related and referral oriented.
     
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    underlying, there are no footprints connecting the 2 sites of the one webmaster.
     
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    Chances are you will get caught even if site A link to site B and site B link to site A but you never know. If you do get caught, chances are Google will simply ignore the links instead of penalizing you. What I said in my post above would be the safest way to do it.
     
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    agree.
     
  9. xinga

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    Well...I'd say there is no easy answer to that. I always had good results with it...here are some things to consider

    1) If all your links are link-swaps...well maybe that is not a good idea. Buf if you mix in one or the other from time to time, I couldn't think of a way for google to penalize that. Two sites linking to each other is a very natural thing in fact and happens all the times (like when the washingtonpost quotes the NYTimes and vise versa; or a customer linking to an offer he bought and the vendor showcasing his customers...etcc)

    2) If your niche is too narrow, you might want to stay away from swaps to weaker domains and search for stronger

    3) try tricking the reciprocee into accepting a link from one of your dead sites (i.e. a site without a keyword that matters to you; or one you weren't able to rank at all)

    4) try to spread in links as natural as possible (i.e. a proper "editorial link"

    It might be utterly possible that google ignores some of these links. But as I was able to move some fairly commercial keywords to #1 using these tactics, I would just ignore any seo-guru advice. Sure a proper editorial link is always better...but sometimes so much harder to achieve.