Why are link markets Bad?

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Real Estate Agent with Russell and Jeffcoat

 Just thought that I would pose this question for any experts out there that may know the answer. I have learned that apparently link markets and link farms are sometimes penalized by Google and I wondered if anyone could tell me why.

 How do you know if your site has been penalized? Unfortunately when I first began my website, I did join a couple of link markets and I began trading links with other Realtors. I thought that this was a good idea in order to boost my link popularity. I managed to get my website on the first page of Google for four keyword searches and I was moving up on a few other keywords. However I have now dropped about 6 or 7 pages from my previous rank in most of my keyword searches and I not sure what happened or how to change it.

 The best that I can come up with, is that I was penalized for the link markets. If anyone has a good suggestion on how to fix this problem and get my website back on track, it would be most appreciated. Maybe, that is not what is wrong. So, any suggestions on what else could be the problem would also be very appreciated.

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Chris Frantz
EDU Real Estate Group - Indianapolis, IN
  This is directly from Google webmaster site.
 

Link schemes

Your site's ranking in Google search results is partly based on analysis of those sites that link to you. The quantity, quality, and relevance of links count towards your rating. The sites that link to you can provide context about the subject matter of your site, and can indicate its quality and popularity. However, some webmasters engage in link exchange schemes and build partner pages exclusively for the sake of cross-linking, disregarding the quality of the links, the sources, and the long-term impact it will have on their sites. This is in violation of Google's webmaster guidelines and can negatively impact your site's ranking in search results. Examples of link schemes can include:

  • Links intended to manipulate PageRank
  • Links to web spammers or bad neighborhoods on the web
  • Excessive reciprocal links or excessive link exchanging ("Link to me and I'll link to you.")
  • Buying or selling links that pass PageRank

I would request that your links are removed from all sites that don't have real content.

If you want a good reciprocal link program you can follow the link below.  You can down load and try it for free.  After the trial you can continue to use it for free but it will not have all of the options.

http://www.linkmachine.net/trk.php?ID=2617

Jan 17, 2008 12:54 PM #1
Rainmaker
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Chris Frantz
EDU Real Estate Group - Indianapolis, IN

JL

Check out this post on Google, I may help you with your linking.

http://activerain.com/blogsview/342378/Google-Webmaster-Tools-to

 

Jan 17, 2008 01:08 PM #2
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Susan Trombley
Trombley Real Estate - Raleigh, NC
Broker/Realtor, Raleigh, Cary, Wake Forest, Youngsville
Lynn Harley normally has all the answers to questions like this one. Give her a try and she what she has to say.
Jan 19, 2008 03:09 PM #3
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JL Boney, III
Russell and Jeffcoat - Columbia, SC
Columbia, SC Real Estate
Thanks so much for all the help guys.
Jan 19, 2008 03:30 PM #4
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