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Reciprocal Link & Dead Link Checkers runs an automated Reciprocal Link Checker and Dead Link Checker (User-agent: linksmanager and User-agent: linksmanager_bot ) for all LinksManager customer's web sites.  If you are linking with a website that is powered by, you might see listed in your server log reports.  

LinksManager's Link Checkers are part of the LinksManager Service and behave like search engine spiders and verifiers, checking to see if customer account links are dead and/or if the link swap partners are linking back to the customer's web site.  

Both of these automated processes abide by any relevant instructions in a website's robots.txt file.  The checkers only browse text and do not download high bandwidth files such as graphics or rich media.  The checkers use proxy servers and are programmed to be "smart" and look for links pages by first spidering paths that include the word "link" and "resources" in it.  The checkers are intentionally programmed not to put excessive load onto any one site.  There is at least an 8 second pause between page requests and the checkers do not request more than 300 pages.  Most checks find the link quickly and move on.  In the rare event that 300 pages were requested, it would be over a period of more than 40 minutes and shouldn't put any stress on the server being checked. 

You can decrease spidering time by making sure the word "link" is in the path to your links pages.  For example if the link is located on this page:, it will be spidered quickly and only a handful of pages should be requested from your site.

If the link is located on this page on your site: it will take longer for our spider to find your links pages as it will start at and work it's way through your site looking for our customer's reciprocal link.

Some webmasters keep their links pages on third party domains.  LinksManager's Link Checkers do not cross domains to third parties.

You can "steer" LinksManager in the right direction with robots.txt by excluding directories that do not contain your links pages.  LinksManager abides by robots.txt and will not enter directories that are excluded for User-agent: linksmanager.  For more information about how to create a robots.txt file for your website, see the Robot Exclusion Standard.  

A good primer on the use of robots.txt can be found at

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

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

User-agent: *

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/
(make sure to use the correct paths for your site this is just an example)

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_bot
Disallow: /docs
Disallow: /cgi-bin
Disallow: /richmedia

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.

LinksManager's Link Checkers were designed to be sensitive to webmasters concerns about robots.  LinksManager saves our customers incredible amounts of time by automating the task of verifying reciprocal link swaps, and checking for 404/dead link status.

If you do not want your site checked by, place a robots.txt file on your website.  If you have questions about the checkers, feel free to Contact Us.  When contacting us, please make sure to include the full address to your website.

Feel free to review our Code of Ethics page which discusses the LinksManager concept and additional LinksManager policies.

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