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Questions and answers regarding the Reciprocal Link Checker and its operations.

1. What is the Reciprocal Link Checker and how does it work?
2. My site URL is http://domain.com/directory/page.html. Why is LinksManager reporting links back as not reciprocating?
3. Why can I only send the Reciprocal Link Reminder Email every five days?
4. A link is being displayed as not reciprocating but I see my link on the site. Why is the reciprocal link checker not finding my link on the other site?
5. Why do all of the links that I imported or add through QuickAdd have N/A assigned as their reciprocation status?
6. I'm not requiring a particular link to reciprocate. Is there any way to have the Reciprocal Link Checker skip this link when checking?
7. How long does it take for LinksManager to check for reciprocation of a manually assigned reciprocating URL?
8. I have a Pending Link that has not been checked for reciprocation in 3 days. Can the reciprocal link checker work faster?
9. Why does it appear that my links may have not been checked lately?


1. What is the Reciprocal Link Checker and how does it work?

The LinksManager Reciprocal Link Checker is an automated robot/spider that periodically searches the websites listed in your account for a link pointing back to your site. Please review these important points regarding the link checker before contacting support.


Accuracy
The Reciprocal Link Checker is 99% accurate. If you are able to find YOUR link on a website that is being flagged as NOT ON LAST CHECK or any status other than YES in your pending or approved link list, there is usually a valid reason for your link not being found by the link checker. See http://linksmanager.com/knowledgebase/5.html#5 for more information on reciprocation status.


Link reciprocation status is based on results returned during the time a link was last checked
The Reciprocal Link Checker provides results for a link's reciprocation status from the last time that it checked a website. A common misbelief is that the Reciprocal Link Checker is constantly checking each site to make sure that your link is still present on the site. This is not the case. Reciprocation status of your link on another website is based on whether or not the Reciprocal Link Checker was able to find your link on the remote site at the time of the last search. Reciprocation status is not instantaneous and/or necessarily current. If a website posts a link to your website after the most recent search, the link might not be flagged as YES until the next scheduled check.

Reciprocal link checker timeframe
If a link pointing back to your website is NOT found by the Reciprocal Link Checker after the initial search, approximately 24-36 hours will pass before that target website will again be checked for your link. Each time a website is checked and found not to be reciprocating, the time between future checks increases. The timeframe that the link checker uses for rechecking a site for your link is based on the concept that the MORE time that passes where a site does not reciprocate your link, the LESS likely the site WILL reciprocate.

Queue links to be re-checked for reciprocation
Any active or pending link in your account can be re-queued to be scanned by the the Reciprocal Link Checker. See http://www.linksmanager.com/howdoi.html#12 for the procedure to requeue a link to be checked for reciprocation.

Editing link information Will Delay the Reciprocal Link Checker
New pending links should be automatically checked for reciprocation by the Reciprocal Link Checker within 24 hours of their entry. Editing any information associated with a new link prior to the first reciprocal link check can result in an increased wait time for the Reciprocal Link Checker to scan that link.

Re-queued active or pending links should be automatically re-checked for reciprocation by the Reciprocal Link Checker within 36-48 hours from the time that the link was re-queued. Editing any information associated with a new link prior to the re-checking or a link can result in an increased wait time for the Reciprocal Link Checker to re-scan that link.

If you have any other questions about the LinksManager Reciprocal Link Checker, please view our Support Knowledgebase.

Top - Updated: April 16, 2004

2. My site URL is http://domain.com/directory/page.html. Why is LinksManager reporting links back as not reciprocating?

When you registered for LinksManager service, you provided LinksManager with your site url. Make sure the site url in your account is in this format:

http://domain.com

or

http://domain.com/directory

Do not specify a filename in your site URL in your LinksManager Account Settings, as this will cause problems with reciprocal link checking.

Top - Updated: April 16, 2004

3. Why can I only send the Reciprocal Link Reminder Email every five days?

Most webmasters who receive reminder emails more than once a week perceive these notices as spam. For this reason, LinksManager limits you to send the RLRE once every five days. This keeps webmasters who want to swap links with you from being emailed repeatedly.

If a webmaster needs to be reminded more than once in a five day period to add you banner to his site, chances are they will not ever reciprocate your link.

Top - Updated: April 16, 2004

4. A link is being displayed as not reciprocating but I see my link on the site. Why is the reciprocal link checker not finding my link on the other site?

In a few specific instances, LinksManager will report a link as not reciprocating even if the other website is linking back to you. The top 10 reasons include:

1. The webmaster recently reciprocated your link. Sometimes the link checker will check the webmaster's site, label the link as "not reciprocating", and then the webmaster will add the link before the checker has a chance to view the site again. In this case, the link is being reported as not reciprocating when it actually is reciprocating. The next time the reciprocal link checker scans this site, the link in question will be labeled as properly reciprocating.

2. The webmaster is using a 3rd party domain. If a webmaster submits a link from one domain, but links to your website from another domain, the link will not be seen as reciprocating. For example, the webmaster submits http://mysite.com, but says he is reciprocating from http://someothersite.com, the link will properly be labeled as not reciprocating.

3. The webmaster is linking to his links pages with a dynamic javascript navigation and is not providing alternative text link navigation to his links pages. LinksManager will not spider complex java based navigation which is why website designers publish alternate text link navigation in the footer when dynamic navigation is the primary means of navigation.

4. The webmaster accidentally coded a typo in the reciprocal link back to your website. You may believe you see a return link to your website, but closer inspection shows the link is pointing to an incorrect URL. Example: http:/yoursite.com rather than http://yoursite.com.

5. The webmaster is displaying text that appears to be a hyperlink, but no hyperlink code exists. Some webmasters will post your banner or text on their website, but mistakenly forget actually to link it back to your website.

6. The webmaster is using dynamic tags. If the webmaster has coded your link as part of a CGI or other type of script, your link will not be seen as reciprocating. Example: The link is coded as http://webmastersite.com/cgi-bin/?linkid236. This URL navigates to your site, but not directly so the LinksManager Reciprocal Link Checker will label it as not reciprocating.

7. The webmaster has "buried" your link deep within their website. The LinksManager Reciprocal Link Checker will not search links pages that are more than 500k in raw html file size. This limit was set by LinksManager.

8. The webmaster has coded your reciprocal link in a Flash file. Since Flash files are not coded in HTML, the Reciprocal Link Checker is unable to scan for a reciprocal link.

9. The webmaster has coded your reciprocal link in a popup window. In most cases, popup windows are called with Javascript. If the webmaster who submitted your link has his or her links pages in a popup window, chances are the Reciprocal Link checker will not find the link.

10. The webmaster is blocking LinksManager from spidering links pages with robots.txt. You check the site by visiting the domain.com/robots.txt to see if a robots.txt file is blocking LinksManager. We have also run into occassions where LinksManager is being blocked via firewall or .htaccess.


There is usually a specific reason why our link checker cannot find a reciprocal link. Chances are, if we cannot find it, the search engines spiders cannot find it either.

Depending on the the reason the link in question is being labeled as "not reciprocating", you may need to take one of the following specific actions for that link:

- email the webmaster and ask where is the link?
- forcing the link to appear as "YES" properly reciprocating. This can be done by viewing the link details for a link not reciprocating. This control is at the bottom of the Reciprocating section.
- Telling LinksManager where to locate the link. This can be done by going into your account and viewing the link details for a link not reciprocating. Under the Reciprocating section, each link has a field with the label "Search for this reciprocal link here". If you know the other site is reciprocating the link, get the exact address url for the page where your link is located and paste it into this field and save the changes. This tells LinksManager where to locate the link next time it checks for reciprocation.
- or possibly deleting the other webmaster's link submission.

Keep in mind that LinksManager is editor based and that it's solely your choice as to how to deal with links that appear not to be reciprocating. Remember, if LinksManager cannot find a link easily, there is usually a good reason and chances are the search engines will have the same trouble finding links that cannot be easily found.

We encourage users to link to relevant resources that are not reciprocating as this benefits the end user. In the eyes of the search engines, it looks good to publish relevant links that are not reciprocating.

Top - Updated: October 21, 2005

5. Why do all of the links that I imported or add through QuickAdd have N/A assigned as their reciprocation status?

Links imported or added through Quick Add are assigned an N/A (not applicable) so that the links are not checked for reciprocation. This is done to avoid spidering sites to check for link reciprocation who have not intiated a link swap with you.

You may set a specific link to be checked for reciprocation, click on Modify or Delete Active Links from your Control Panel. Click on the name of the link that you would like to edit. Once the link details screen displays, under the "Reciprocating?" section, you will see a link to turn on link reciprocation checking for this link. After clicking this, the link is now set to be check for reciprocation.

Top - Updated: April 16, 2004

6. I'm not requiring a particular link to reciprocate. Is there any way to have the Reciprocal Link Checker skip this link when checking?

Yes - Search for and find the link and click it to open the detail record of the link. Next, scroll to the "Reciprocating?" section and locate the control to turn off link reciprocation checking for this link. This action will tell the Reciprocal Link Checker to skip that link in future scans.

Top - Updated: April 16, 2004

7. How long does it take for LinksManager to check for reciprocation of a manually assigned reciprocating URL?

LinksManager will immediately place the manually assigned reciprocating URL in queue to be checked for reciprocation. The approximate time needed for the link checker to check a manually assigned URL is up to 24 hours but can vary depending on system load. If any changes are made to the manually assigned URL before the link checker completes its search, the edited URL will be re-queued so it would again take 24 hours or more to be checked.

Top - Updated: July 5, 2004

8. I have a Pending Link that has not been checked for reciprocation in 3 days. Can the reciprocal link checker work faster?

No - By design, the first reciprocation check for a newly submitted link is actually delayed a few hours to give the other webmaster necessary time to add your link to his website.

If the reciprocal link is not found, a few days will pass before the link is checked again for reciprocation.

Each time the link is checked and is not found to be reciprocating, the time between future checks is greater.

For example:
Day 1 - Link is checked and is not reciprocating
Day 2 - Link is checked and is not reciprocating
Day 4 - Link is checked and is not reciprocating
Day 8 - Link is checked and is not reciprocating

In theory, if a webmaster does not reciprocate your link within 10 days, he or she will probably not reciprocate your link.

We suggest that you send your Reciprocal Link Reminder Email once every week. Give webmasters time to reciprocate your link. If the Reciprocal Link Checker shows a few days have passed, the links will be re-checked again soon. Be patient and give the other webmaster time to link back. You can always manually queue the link to be rechecked again ASAP, but this must be selected manually for each individual link.

Top - Updated: April 16, 2004

9. Why does it appear that my links may have not been checked lately?

There are certain system processes that occur after you log into your account. One of those processes is an update of link checking data for your account.

When you log in, your account visits the LinkChecker database and *begins* to import the new results into your account. Depending on the number of links and the last time you logged in, it could take some time for all links to be updated.

If you login to your account and go directly to your Approve or Delete Pending links and you haven't logged in for awhile, you may still be seeing the status from the last time you logged into your account.

Logging in more frequently should keep the results posting to your account more often.

Top - Updated: March 14, 2007



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