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Old 07-22-2006   #1
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Link "bait" Kosher?

If I can come up with some specific reason for people to link to me, am I breaking any SE linking guideline?
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As far as I see it, you are following the SE Bible by taking that route. If content is worth linking-to, I would expect, it is worth ranking. N'est-ce-pas?

oh by the way... http://www.searchenginestrategies.co...da3.html#315-1
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*If content is worth linking-to, I would expect, it is worth ranking.*

I'm sort of arguing this out with Jill at the moment, obviously with HR the content IS the "bait", but where does that leave the dishwasher parts guy?
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That link looks interesting Chris, anyone do a resume of that session?
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I'm sort of arguing this out with Jill at the moment, obviously with HR the content IS the "bait", but where does that leave the dishwasher parts guy?
We'll he could start out where anyone else would, by doing the research. It takes some momentum to get "natural" inlinks flowing, which translates (in my opinion) to actively seeking linking relationships.

There are plenty of sites that may want to link out to "dishwasher parts guys." You have to think further than the obvious in cases like this. On the top of my head some good targets for "dishwasher parts guys" (including the obvious) would be:

-top 30-50 rankings for "dishwasher parts" or "(brand) parts" and their inlinks
-Janitorial/Building maintenance associations
-"how to sites"

let's keep building off this example...
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...There are plenty of sites that may want to link out to "dishwasher parts guys." You have to think further than the obvious in cases like this....
"How to sites" inspires a lot of specific examples... home-handyman sites, kitchen remodeling sites, cooking sites, home cleaning-tip sites, kitchen supply sites, dinnerware sites, local directories, sites that sell tools, Q&A sites, etc....
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OK, but we're mostly talking about ordinary link acquisition within a narrow and largely self-serving niche, not quite "link bait" IMO ;-)
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link bait for a dishwasher parts guy?

how about a funny video - something along the lines of the old maytag repairman commercials. or an animated cartoon where the parts spring out of the dishwasher, and the wife starts throwing them at her husband because he's promised for months to fix it. something like that would be what i would consider to be link bait for that type of site.
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First thing that came to mind for me was a spoof 70's porn movie to upload to the site, with a handlebar moustached repairman and fake tan... maybe that's just me though.

I suppose Rob's "How To" guide idea would be more sensible and gain more on-topic inbound links though.



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OK, but we're mostly talking about ordinary link acquisition within a narrow and largely self-serving niche, not quite "link bait" IMO ;-)
glengara - You're right... we definitely drifted off topic.

I love dazzlindonna's funny video idea. Beyond funny videos, video in general may work for a while simply because of its novelty, and good video may have a long shelf life, but video success carries with it a particularly heavy server load.

Humor and outrageous or controversial content, one-pixel ads, etc... and online tools (which have been a more conservative kind of link bait)... also work in the mix.

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Link "bait" Kosher?
If I can come up with some specific reason for people to link to me, am I breaking any SE linking guideline?
From the phrasing of the original question, I'm wondering whether there was any quid pro quo in mind. If there is, I have very strong reasons to believe that it would indeed be crossing a line, at least on Google.

Edit to correct typo...

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*From the phrasing of the original question, I'm wondering whether there was any quid pro quo in mind. If there is, I have very strong reasons to believe that it would indeed be crossing a line, at least on Google.*

You're right of course RC, always been a case of the spirit rather than the letter of the law with G, much more like a mother than like a cop ;-)

OK a hypothetical one for you then..

There's a new hot music style say Bluegrass Ghetto Jazz and I'm the promoter of a fairly unknown band in that genre with a small but dedicated following.

Seeing how the net has enabled unknowns to circumvent the traditional music establishment, and with the new album coming out shortly, I decide to run a promotional competition.

Any links found to the band site that contain "bluegrass ghetto jazz" in the link text can enter the competition, the prize being a personal gig for the winner and his friends.

The small but dedicated ones start busily tapping away spreading the word....

Within the letter of the law, but within the spirit? ;-)

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....Within the letter of the law, but within the spirit? ;-)
Probably neither. I had a discussion at SES last year with Matt Cutts on this very subject, and "that would be crossing a line" were his very words.

He wasn't playing either cop or mother... though I guess you could say he was the concerned mother here. I presented a scheme to him, similar to yours, that a client was proposing, to which I unambiguously had said "no." Matt thought about it for a while, and I think his response was simply his considered personal opinion of how Google would regard this kind of swap, nothing preachy about it. Based on that, I wouldn't do it, at least not on a site I cared about.

My guess is that this would be considered a bigger infraction than buying links, but I don't know. Throwaway domains may play by different rules, but domains that rank are getting too valuable to throw away, aren't they?
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Interesting, like to quiz you further but I'm on my way out the door, hopefully later....
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IMO that hypothetical fails on the requirement for the links to have specific anchor text, obvious attempt to manipulate...

But supposing the requirement had been to include a guess at the album title in the anchor text, and a search done on it on launch day?

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IMO that hypothetical fails on the requirement for the links to have specific anchor text, obvious attempt to manipulate...

But supposing the requirement had been to include a guess at the album title in the anchor text, and a search done on it on launch day?
No, I think that the hypothetical fails because it is in fact a deal. That's what I meant by "quid pro quo"... "something for something," "this for that," depending on how you translate it. Google doesn't like deals for links.

You may ask, "what about link exchanges," and I think we all know in our heart of hearts that Google doesn't like them, but they can't necessarily prove which are which... so there may be some leeway allowed in algorithmic interpretation.

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Any links found to the band site that contain "bluegrass ghetto jazz" in the link text can enter the competition, the prize being a personal gig for the winner and his friends.
In California, at least, I've seen a parallel in most contests that makes certain entry requirements illegal. Therefore, "no purchase required to enter" is a phrase one commonly hears. Even Public Radio prize offerings include this disclaimer.

Not sure whether a link might be interpreted as a purchase (but it is something of value)... or whether anyone would come after you if your site appeared in California, but the principle is broader than the web. Perhaps, if you allowed people to enter by email, whether or not they linked to you, you might be circumventing California law. Not sure about Google.

So, while spreading word about this may be viral marketing, I feel that the bait is in fact a "this for that" type of exchange.
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Most free offers are draws, and the "no purchase necessary" is to make sure it's not deemed a lottery (purchase=ticket), like the suggest a slogan thing makes it a "competition" requiring skill ;-)
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OK, but we're mostly talking about ordinary link acquisition within a narrow and largely self-serving niche, not quite "link bait" IMO ;-)
Good point glengara I was drifting a little bit. Sorry for the slow response and I have enjoyed the discussion between you and Robert.

I think that the main thing about bait is that it won't do much good sitting on your boat. You have to initially throw it out on a line in order to catch anyone, which I think is akin to link development. Once you get a few good links, however, powerful bait will make the other fish jump right into your cooler.
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Did I see your name down as a speaker Chris?

You guys report back here on any mention of LB you come across ;-)
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glengara: Barry at seroundtable.com will be covering that session. I'll also post to this thread some example URL's we will use...should lead to more fun discussion.
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