LinksManager.com Knowledgebase - Effective and Optimal LinksManager Usage and Linking Scenarios Explained


Search for

Questions and Answers regarding how to benefit from relevant linking for the end user. This section also explains how to use LinksManager most effectively

1. How does LinksManager work with my website?
2. What's the end goal for exchanging links using an editor based link management application service such as LinksManager?
3. How do I find other websites to swap links with?
4. What are the best things I can do to promote my website?
5. Will using LinksManager hurt my link popularity?
6. Will using LinksManager help or hurt my website's Google PageRank?
7. Will using LinksManager get my website banned from the search engines?
8. If a site is blocking all robots with robots.txt, does that mean my links pages are blocked too and reciprocal linkage is not being spidered by the search engines?


1. How does LinksManager work with my website?

The question,"How does LinksManager work with my website?" is often asked. A simple illustration provides a clear picture. LinksManager is a factory and your website is the product showroom. In other words, creation and management of your links pages happens on the web server at LinksManager.com (the factory). Final revisions of your links pages (the product) are then sent from LinksManager.com to your web server where they are showcased to visitors as pages of your website.

LinksManager is designed to be a link management application system first and foremost. LinksManager is not designed to locate or source link partners. Our sister site LinkPartners.com showcases over 27,000 editorially approved sites that are known to link with other sites. More on sourcing links here.

LinksManager publishes an "add_link.html" form on your site which allows any public user to suggest or request a link. Link requests are just that, requests for links. LinksManager does not publish links until you approve them. This guarantees that you only publish what your eyes have seen so that junk links aren't published unknowingly by an automated script.

You will get some link requests that you do not want. LinksManager makes it easy to batch delete link requests that you do not want. LinksManager's editor based system makes it easy for you to decide who your site will link to.

If you receive email requesting a link exchange, point the webmaster to your add link page. If you don't know what that is, copy the hyperlink from your links menu page.

The majority of controls within LinksManager are not used on a daily basis. If you can approve and delete link requests, you can become a LinksManager pro in less than a day.

Top - Updated: September 22, 2005

2. What's the end goal for exchanging links using an editor based link management application service such as LinksManager?

To build an organized, useful, and relevant links directory optimized for the end user.

This is done by exchanging links with other like minded websites that have some relation or relevance to your website.

Hyperlinks are usually text or buttons on a website that are clickable and lead to another web page. The idea is to trade links. You place THEIR link on your website. They place YOUR link on their website. By doing so, both sites are promoting each other equally both to web surfers. Users who click your link from a site relevant to your own shares a similar demographic. These users are more likely to purchase your goods or services.

Linking also is now known to affect search engine rankings with the idea being that as more relevant sites link to your site, your site may have higher value in the eyes of the search engines resulting in higher search engine rankings for relevant search phrases.

Top - Updated: September 22, 2005

3. How do I find other websites to swap links with?

There are a variety of ways to add links to your account including:

- Your unique add link page that comes with your account is the best way to source links for your site. Every LinksManager account has it's own add link page. This page can live on your server at yourdomain.com/links/add_link.html.

Make contact with other webmasters to determine if they would like to link with you. This is easiest done via email with a short and concise message. See http://linksmanager.com/zone/#letter for a good example of a link swap request email.

As other webmasters want to link with your site, point them to your add link page. After they request the link from your form, you are notified that a new link has been submitted to your account.

- LinksManager.com users have free access to LinkPartners.com. LinkPartners.com is a categorized directory of websites that trade reciprocal links with other sites. For LinksManager users, LinkPartners.com works with LinksManager to allow semi-automated link requests with just a few mouse clicks. All link swap requests must be manually initiated and approved by a human.

Logon to LinkPartners.com using your LinksManager user ID and password. As you browse this directory of sites that swap links, you can begin adding them directly to you account by using the \"Add Link\" feature. If the other site is also a LinksManager customer (chain link icon), you can choose a category on their site where you'd like your link placed, and your link will appear in the other customers \"Pending Links.\" Emails will be sent to all requested link trades on your behalf expressing your desire to trade links.

See LinkPartners.com/faq for more information.

- You can also add links to your site by importing them. LinksManager's import utility will allow you to point to an existing links page and import the links from it. The import utility doesn't spider or crawl multiple pages, and it does not import email addresses. It will import the URL and any following descriptive text. You also have the option of editing the link data prior to confirming the import.

- You can add links with the \"Quick Add\" tool to add individual links to other sites. This is fast way to add any link to your site. Even affiliate links can be added with Linksmanager's Quick Add tool.

- Finally, another great way to locate link partners is by visiting websites who also have links or resource pages that come up high in search engine results. For example, if you sell automotive accessories, goto google.com and search "automotive accessories links" and you will get a list of sites who match your keywords and also have links. Also try other keywords (such as "resources" instead of "links" and try other search engines. The results are practically limitless if you keep track of which keywords and search engines you have worked.

There are other services on the web that list sites that link with other sites including linkleads.com and reciprocallink.com.

If you have other unique ways of locating link partners, let us know and we will add it to the Knowledgebase.

Top - Updated: March 25, 2004

4. What are the best things I can do to promote my website?

There are five things that you can do to increase your website traffic and link popularity:

General
1) Make sure your website and links pages contain real content (news, articles, reviews) that are updated regularly
2) Make sure your website and links pages' metatags are optimized

Linking
3) Make sure your links pages are hosted under your own domain on your own web server account
4) Make sure to create specific link categories and only swap links with sites that have a somewhat related focus to your website's focus
5) Make sure to swap links only with other quality sites, not junk sites or free-for-all sites, or sites without content

Top - Updated: March 24, 2004

5. Will using LinksManager hurt my link popularity?

No - using LinksManager.com and/or LinkPartners.com will not hurt your website's link popularity. In fact, your website's link popularity will increase if you do five things:

General
1) Make sure your website and links pages contain real content (news, articles, reviews) that are updated regularly
2) Make sure your website and links pages' metatags are optimized

Linking
3) Make sure your links pages are hosted under your own domain on your own web server account
4) Make sure to create specific link categories and only swap links with sites that have a somewhat related focus to your website's focus
5) Make sure to swap links only with other quality sites, not junk sites or free-for-all sites, or sites without content

Top - Updated: March 24, 2004

6. Will using LinksManager help or hurt my website's Google PageRank?

Using LinksManager.com and/or LinkPartners.com will not hurt your website's Google PageRank. In fact, your website's Google PageRank will improve if you do five things:

General
1) Make sure your website and links pages contain real content (news, articles, reviews) that are updated regularly
2) Make sure your website and links pages' metatags are optimized

Linking
3) Make sure your links pages are hosted under your own domain on your own web server account
4) Make sure to create specific link categories and only swap links with sites that have a somewhat related focus to your website's focus
5) Make sure to swap links only with other quality sites, not junk sites or free-for-all sites, or sites without content

For more information on PageRank, please contact Google directly.

Top - Updated: March 6, 2006

7. Will using LinksManager get my website banned from the search engines?

No - using LinksManager.com and/or LinkParnters.com will not specifically get your website banned from the search engines.

LinksManager.com and LinkPartners.com both follow strict ethical and anti-spam principals. Please see our Code of Ethics for more information.

Please also understand any site can get blocked by any search engine. If your site is blocked by a search engine, chances are it is due to other reasons and not because you have a LinksManager account.

LinksManager staff watches the search engines carefully to insure we are not violating terms and conditions.

Top - Updated: May 14, 2003

8. If a site is blocking all robots with robots.txt, does that mean my links pages are blocked too and reciprocal linkage is not being spidered by the search engines?

First of all, always remember the answer to this question depends on what is exactly in the site's robots.txt file.

If a site is blocking all robots, then the answer is yes. However, no site benefits from linking to a site that blocks all robots since the major search engines cannot visit the site either!

Try viewing http://domainname.com/robots.txt in your browser to see if some or all directories are disallowed.

Here are some examples of how robots.txt can be used to allow or disallow bot traffic:

This allows all robots to visit all files. * means wildcard or all robots:

User-agent: *
Disallow:

This example blocks ALL robots:

User-agent: *
Disallow: /

This example blocks all robots from only the images and richmedia directories but it allows robots to visit the rest of the site:

User-agent: *
Disallow: /cgi-bin/
Disallow: /richmedia/

This example bans Google from spidering the entire site:

User-agent: googlebot
Disallow: /

This example allows LinksManager to visit only the links pages on this server:

User-agent: linksmanager
Disallow: /docs
Disallow: /cgi-bin
Disallow: /richmedia

By not including
Disallow: /links
LinksManager will still be able to visit the /links directory in the above example.

Make sure your robots.txt file uses the correct paths for your website.

It is possible for a site to block Google and allow LinksManager or block LinksManager and allow Google. There are infinite possibilities and it all depends on how a site's robots.txt file is written.

Top - Updated: April 22, 2003



QuickLink to the Setup Guide
Earn FREE LinksManager service! Click here to learn how!

Home General FAQ Knowledgebase Request Support
Privacy Policy Statement

LinksManager, ResponseRank, Linklets, & LinkBlogs are Registered Trademarks of LinksManager LLC.
LinksManager LLC is owned and operated by Creative NetVentures, Inc., Atlanta GA USA.

LinksManager is Powered by Patented Technology - US Patent # 7,082,470
© LinksManager LLC 2009. All Rights Reserved.