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Directory vs Link Farm, what is the difference?

Discussion in 'Search Engine Optimization' started by Duke, Jul 16, 2006.

  1. Duke

    Duke Guest

    Just out of curiosity, what exactly differentiates a directory from a link farm? I have two specific questions as follows:

    1. If I had to guess, a link farm would be a site that has links to virtually everything and as much advertising as they can possibly squeeze in to try and turn a buck or two.

    With that in mind, how does that differ from directories?

    2. Lets say I took the top site of my pyramid (lifesupporters.com) and turned the web links area into a directory that links to family friendly content online. Does this turn my top site into a link farm even though the rest of the site is clearly information heavy and educational in nature?

  2. temi

    temi Facilitator Webmaster

    Your definition of link far is accurate, creating a directory as part of your site (which is rich in contents) does not turn it to link farm, link farms tends to have link only and they link to almost any site.
  3. OldWelshGuy

    OldWelshGuy New Member Webmaster

    A link farm in the traditional meaning was a page or site that was duplicated across a set of sites, and, everytime a new site was added and that new site uploaded the code, everyones site got his link. The term farm came because everyone seeded the directory and they ALL harvested when new members joined. Such schemes still exist today, and in fact are mail marketed and pushed through forums on a regular basis. They use headlines like ' get hundreds of backlinks to your site instantly' etc.

    The first instance you give is more of a Free for all (FFA) page, which again is frowned on by google.

    The option you have for your directory is not wrong in any way, and would enhance the visitor experience. Can I suggest though that you add the 'posts anywhere' mod to your forum and display them on the directory, and also add backlinks from the directory to the best forum area for that cat? RSS could achieve this with ease.

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