7 Top Ways to Avoid Link Theft

Written by Tony Simpson

If you have a link directory on a website, how do you stop link theft by sites that don't link back, or trick you into thinking they do ?

Whether link theft is anything to get concerned about depends on how many links your website has,repparttar quality of those links (Google Page Rank) and how many of those links you lose. Search Engine Ranking is certainly something that's becoming more dependent uponrepparttar 147092 links to your website.

You might be forgiven for thinking that when a website no longer links back to you, that it was an accident your link was removed fromrepparttar 147093 link directory. Of course accidents happen as I know from using some link manager software. Just one click inrepparttar 147094 wrong box and a website link disappearsrepparttar 147095 next time you update your link directory. Butrepparttar 147096 real link thieves are those people that use methods to rob you of a link.

Here's 7 Top Ways Link Thieves work and how you can avoid being their next victim.

  1. If a website asks you to exchange links, don't link to them until they have given yourepparttar 147097 URL location of your link in their link directory. If you link to them first they may forget to add your link.

  2. Visually inspect your link by visitingrepparttar 147098 website page your link has been placed on. In your web browser, viewrepparttar 147099 source code ofrepparttar 147100 page. In Internet Explorer go to View then Source and this will open up your default text editor.

    Usingrepparttar 147101 text editor search onrepparttar 147102 page for your website domain and ensure when you find it thatrepparttar 147103 link is a standard text link ofrepparttar 147104 form : <a href="http://www.yourdomain.com/" target="_blank">Link Title</a>.

    The target="_blank" just launches a new browser window whenrepparttar 147105 link is clicked. The link should have no JavaScript code like : <onclick="javascript:newWindow('http://www.yourdomain.com')">Link Title.

    Links like this JavaScript one can be made to look visually identical when viewed in a web page browser, but to a search engine it's as if this link is not there. Whilst a visual inspection to catch this form of theft is alwaysrepparttar 147106 best, you can catch some, but not all of these types of links by using reciprocal link manager checking software.

  3. Check that your link onrepparttar 147107 other web sites page is not being put through a redirect. By hovering your mouse overrepparttar 147108 link, check what link text appears inrepparttar 147109 status bar of your web browser.

    If your link appears as : "http://www.theirdomain.com/page.html" or "http://www.theirdomain.com/redirect.asp?id=2273" and not "http://www.yourdomain.com" Then your link is on a redirect.

    Any form of link that has theirdomain and not yourdomain inrepparttar 147110 link URL is only of benefit torepparttar 147111 other site owner and not you. Links like this point to their domain and not yours which givesrepparttar 147112 other siterepparttar 147113 link benefit inrepparttar 147114 eyes ofrepparttar 147115 search engines.

    Don't link to this site if you want some search engine benefit fromrepparttar 147116 link. If you just want traffic from visitors clicking onrepparttar 147117 link, that'srepparttar 147118 only benefit you'll get.

  4. If you want to get search engine link benefit, don't link to web sites that have dynamically generated link pages. If your link is on a dynamically generated link pagerepparttar 147119 URL of that page could be something like :


    The fact thatrepparttar 147120 URL has a ? or & inrepparttar 147121 URL means that most search engines will never read that page, so they will never seerepparttar 147122 link back to your site.

  5. Userepparttar 147123 Google Toolbar Page Rank Tool to checkrepparttar 147124 PR ofrepparttar 147125 page your link is on. Ifrepparttar 147126 PR is 0 butrepparttar 147127 PR ofrepparttar 147128 home page is much better, this could mean eitherrepparttar 147129 link directory is new ( not likely if it has a lot of links ) or there could be something aboutrepparttar 147130 page which is preventing Google from reaching it.

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

Written by Cyber Logic Host™

Do use a consistent look and feel Your site should stand out as a whole. Userepparttar same look and feel for allrepparttar 146922 pages at your site. This way your visitors have a sense of recognition when they visit various pages. Using stylesheets makes it much easier to maintainrepparttar 146923 look and feel of numerous pages.

Do use recurring visual elements Repeat visual elements (images, colors, fonts etc.) on several pages. This will add to a consistent look and feel.

Don't use dark backgrounds Dark backgrounds tend to make text less readable. So avoid dark colors or dark backgroundimages. If you do need them, use a nonserif font forrepparttar 146924 text (like Arial, Universe, Helvetica) and be sure to not to use a small fontsize.

Don't cram your pages A page with text pushed aside againstrepparttar 146925 border of a table - or an image - looks awful. Don't cram your pages, use colspan and borderspan for tables and vspan and hspan for applets and images.

Don't push your table out ofrepparttar 146926 screen Tables are very flexible. They're able to get almost anything more or less visible on a screen. But by putting large elements in a table cell you might forcerepparttar 146927 cells to become too large. Thus making horizontal scrolling necessary. So limitrepparttar 146928 number and size of pictures, long words (e.g. long links), predefined text etc.

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