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Dec 18th, 2012, 10:11 AM
Linking back to a site that reviewed my website?
I have been sending some of my product for review, to some bloggers. The product has been received well and I have received some good reviews from these bloggers. I would like to link back to their post in my blog so that visitors to my new site can read the reviews.
My question is, will Google see this as trading links since I will be posting a link to the blogger's site just a few days after they post a link to my site?
Dec 18th, 2012, 10:25 AM
In my opinion it depends on volume. If you had 100 sites that you were doing this with then the pattern could set off some red flags of link trading in order to boost your site.
But, what you are talking about is commonplace and you would expect it to happen naturally. You're not likely to be penalized for doing this, especially if it's good for your users.
There is, however, most likely a better ranking benefit if you just get one way links to your site. So, you'll need to weigh the pros and cons. I'm thinking that the benefit you get from showing that other sites recommend your product is probably worth more than the ranking benefit so I would go ahead and link.
Dec 18th, 2012, 10:57 AM
Why not link to them in a different way? Why not shoot out a few press releases to announce your product was reviewed on XYZ.com website? I personally would avoid linking back as you stated, it could look as if you're exchanging links.
Do you have a secondary site or blog you could refer to them on?
Last edited by joshz; Dec 18th, 2012 at 10:57 AM.
Reason: Spelling error.
Dec 18th, 2012, 11:30 AM
If they didn't ask for it, I wouldn't.
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Dec 18th, 2012, 06:24 PM
I agree with jocelyn, if you have not been asked to link back then why bother.
Another way of advertising the good reviews for your product could be to put images (of the review) on your site, maybe with a link to a bigger image if required!
Dec 18th, 2012, 11:34 PM
But its rite way to exchange links by this they are not just exchanging links but also it may be service or products that can be benefited for other websites.
Dec 19th, 2012, 07:22 AM
Poor advice, IMHO. Linking back and notifying webmasters is a good way of showing positive intent with cross promotion. This gives the webmasters more reason to link to future sites/projects/articles and to gain more 'friends' in your niche.
Originally Posted by neilh
Being greedy with links can bite you in the ***. It's good to have multiple sites that are available for links or guest blogging to give credit to those who deserve it.
Dec 19th, 2012, 07:51 AM
I was trying to give the original poster an option, that's all. I wouldn't think its a good idea to link to every review you get, but hey we are all different.
Originally Posted by joshz
Dec 19th, 2012, 08:04 AM
Everywhere, no. But strategic planning and networking can be the difference between a few positions.
Not trying to bash you, just from a real world example. One of my clients was featured in a major online publication a Press Release. So, I encouraged the client to link the site on their blog and to try to push traffic to said publication. After a few months I emailed the online publisher and told them how happy we were to be featured and we linked back here there and here.
Within 3 days the clients site was featured again on the publications site under "Partners and Supporters", a total relative link on a PR3 page with under 10 outbound links. Sure, it's rare, but you never know what can happen.
Dec 19th, 2012, 12:04 PM
In the early days of my website a related site linked to a tool I had made. It made me go and have a look at their site. They had a bunch of good stuff and as a result I have linked back to their stuff several times. I also have met the owner of the site at industry related events and we are friends now. My point? Don't be afraid to link to people. As Josh said, it's good for networking.
Now, you don't necessarily have to link to every single site that mentions you, but I wouldn't base my decision solely on how much link juice you would be getting/giving up.
Dec 19th, 2012, 01:20 PM
It depends on your current link profile imo. If you have 1000 awesome, naturally appearing links then 2 or 3 reciprocal links from a relevant, authority site will not hurt even a little bit. If you have 3 links, 1 from your mom, and 2 from your other 2 sites and you suddenly have 3 killer reciprocal links it would make me nervous.
Dec 21st, 2012, 08:18 AM
Thaks everyone. I have a new site with a realtively small number of links. So for these reviews that I have coming in, I will gradually work them in as I get more links as well.
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