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Monday, March 20, 2006

Website Owners & Back Links

Over the weekend I decided that my websites need quality backlinks, so I got in touch with a number of people in order to ask them to remove my links from their pages & sites. 95% were quite OK about it, but the odd one or two were not. This raised an interesting question; Does a website owner have a right to ask another site owner to remove a backlink? I think "yes", but would be interested to know what you think.

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At 3/20/2006 09:34:00 AM, Blogger Oli said...

I think someone has every right to link to a site you've made public. Not sure why anyone would have a problem with removing one when asked though... Did they give reasons?

At 3/20/2006 10:03:00 AM, Blogger Gary B. said...

Oli, I agree that anyone has a right to link to any other website. What I'm asking is should they remove the link when asked to do so?

Take for example, if you found your NSM site being promoted on a porn site? An extreme example, but nonetheless, a valid example.

At 3/20/2006 10:33:00 AM, Anonymous SarahG said...

I remember back in the 90's when Oasis first had their site up they went around getting all of the fan sites taken down and I'm sure they had court orders to stop people linking to them. At the time I felt it was a pretty daft thing to do.

However now I can understand why you wouldn't want certain people linking to your site or certain sites linking to it. If you have htaccess available you could always block them (if they refuse to remove the link) as referrer spam. It's an extreme but it would work.

As for whether to do it or not. Depends on the 'linker'.

At 3/20/2006 11:06:00 AM, Anonymous Tom said...

I wouldn't expect you to give addresses, but what kind of sites have you been asking to remove links to your sites Gary?

At 3/20/2006 11:54:00 AM, Blogger Gary B. said...

I've been working on an experiment since the new year. Basically links from pages that have no real connection to the page being linked to, are not as valuable as pages that do.

Eg, a link from a fishmonger to a flower shop = hardly useful. A link from a flower shop to garden nursery site = useful.

I've been finding links and asking people to remove them from (what I consider) unrelated sites.

At 3/20/2006 12:24:00 PM, Blogger JavaRoasters said...

Since most sites can not control who links to them I can't see that a link coming into your site can hurt your site, it might not help, but it can't hurt. But quality links are the best, ie related links from good sites.

I only asked 1 site to remove my link and it is still up there and they have done nothing. It was a company that sells an osC fork under their own name that has a template system built in. They have a section of what "advanced users" can do with their template system and software. All the sites they have listed are osC sites, none run on their own software or the osC fork.

At 3/20/2006 12:32:00 PM, Anonymous Matt said...

Personally I think if its the persons site, they can link to whoever they want really. Its their site and their choice to link, there are no laws against putting a map in a shop window to somewhere else.

Also I think relevence is not the issue in many cases where people link to other blogs from their blogs, for example, because the links are not their for relivence, they are so the user can keep reading interesting reads when its not always possible to get a feed burner etc.

Thats what I use mine for.

At 3/20/2006 02:05:00 PM, Blogger Oli said...

I think JavaRoasters has the right idea, surely it can't be as easy as adding a link to someone from an unrelated high PR site to ruin their SEO.

At 3/20/2006 02:51:00 PM, Anonymous hurricane said...

I also believe that site owners have the right to ask refering site owners to remove links to them if they wish to, but that the refering site owner has the right to refuse if they wish.

The point about relevance has to be considered from the referer's perspective, not the referee's, quite simply because it is they who decide a site has sufficient relevance to their site's aims to warrant a link to it. Remember, many bloggers have a blogroll, this is a list of links to sites that they themselves read - regardless of focus and relevance to the subject matter of their site, if they read yours then it has relevance to their blogroll.

Personally I link to sites primarily because I believe the link will be of benefit to my users. I don't consider the wishes of who I am linking to, and don't generally care about whether or not they want me to link to them - it's not relevant. My site is for my visitors and what I believe will benefit them is what takes priority over what might benefit someone else.

That aside if linking to another site harmed it in anyway, either through SE penalties or through image loss, then I would consider removing it. I haven't been asked though, so it's a moot point ;)


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