7 Top Ways to Avoid Link Theft

Written by Tony Simpson

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Using your web browser viewrepparttar page code as in 2 above and check forrepparttar 147092 robots meta tag atrepparttar 147093 top ofrepparttar 147094 page betweenrepparttar 147095 <head> and </head> tags.

If it says : <meta name="robots" content="index,follow"> or <meta name="robots" content="all"> then all is OK.

Ifrepparttar 147096 tag says : <meta name="robots" content="noindex,follow"> or <meta name="robots" content="index,nofollow"> or <meta name="robots" content="noindex,nofollow"> or <meta name="robots" content="none">

Then this page is not being given full access torepparttar 147097 search engines. Do not link to this sort of page.

  • Ifrepparttar 147098 robots meta tag you checked is OK but you still suspect a problem with a low PR then you should checkrepparttar 147099 sites robots.txt file. To do this typerepparttar 147100 main URL ofrepparttar 147101 site into a web browser but add robots.txt for example: "http://www.domainyourlinkingto.com/robots.txt"

    The robots.txt file is read byrepparttar 147102 search engines and it tells itrepparttar 147103 directory and files it can access. A simple robots.txt file might look something like:

    User-agent: * Disallow: /cgi-bin Disallow: /forms Disallow: /contact.html

    Ifrepparttar 147104 URL ofrepparttar 147105 page you were linking to was : "http://www.domainyourlinkingto.com/dir/web-design.html"

    Then you would want to be sure that inrepparttar 147106 robots.txt file you should NOT see :

    Disallow: /dir Disallow: /dir/web-design.html

    This is tellingrepparttar 147107 search engine robot not to index or followrepparttar 147108 links inrepparttar 147109 link directory called dir and to ignorerepparttar 147110 links page web-design.html.

    And you should not see : User-agent: * Disallow: /

    If you see : User-agent: * Disallow:

    Then that's OK.

    All sounds a bit complicated I know, but there is no easier way to explain this sort of thing. Some reciprocal link manager checking software will also detectrepparttar 147111 incorrect use ofrepparttar 147112 meta robots tag and also checkrepparttar 147113 robots text file.

    However some link manager software I have experienced, incorrectly reported a link page as blocked byrepparttar 147114 robots text file because it read "Disallow:" as prohibitingrepparttar 147115 search engine when in fact it means allow (see above). It is "Disallow: /" that would tellrepparttar 147116 search engine not to indexrepparttar 147117 site.

  • Once you've completed your link exchange and donerepparttar 147118 checks to ensure you're not being cheated you must then check your links at regular intervals. Once you have more than about 50 links you will soon find link checking becomes a time consuming process. It's far better to build your link directory using some form of link manager software that will automatically check your links at intervals you specify.

    To help you in makingrepparttar 147119 right choices about setting up a link directory read my article "10 Mistakes to Avoid When Setting Up a Link Directory" which you can find at http://www.webpageaddons.com/link-manager-mistakes.htm

  • Of course not all link theft is intentional, sometimes it's justrepparttar 147120 webmaster not knowing thatrepparttar 147121 way he has set up his link directory will not provide search engine link benefit to anyone that links to them.

    However some link theft is intentional,repparttar 147122 webmaster knows exactly what they are doing and by following this advice you can avoid being their next victim.

    Tony Simpson, Involved in Web Site Design, Promotion and Optimization for 5 years. He provides advice, product reviews and products at Web Page Add Ons to Make Automation of Your Web Site Work for You.

    Do's and Don'ts in Web Design - part 1

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    Don't overuse frames Use only a limited number of frames. Always check ifrepparttar screen doesn't get crammed if a low resolution screen is used.

    Do vertical alignrepparttar 146922 content of table cells You do you use table cells to get your info onrepparttar 146923 right position? Then be sure to alignrepparttar 146924 content vertically.

    Don't mix horizontal aligning Mixing centered text and text that's left aligned makes a mess of your page. If you want to center text do it consistently. Exceptions are centering text of headers or centered text placed in a border.

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