Splitting Straws - Bad Linking Strategies 101

So when I announced Backlink Analyzer I posted a detailed blog post, which got many links from solid authority industry related sites.

I later moved the bulk of the info to the download page, and now most people will probably link at that.

The reason I posted so much info on the blog part is that I wanted to make sure that people read it / saw it. I probably should have had a bit more self confidence with that and placed the bulk of the information on it's own permanent page right off the start.

One of the biggest things many webmasters do that hurt their sites is not being consistant with internal linking or not being consistent with where they tell others to link.

Published: August 23, 2005 by Aaron Wall in seo tips


Sarah Parker
August 23, 2005 - 7:34pm

Your backlink tool is a joke. A cheap ripoff of other SEO Tools. I assumed you would come up with something original, but was disappointed to see how unoriginal it actually was.

aaron wall
August 23, 2005 - 7:37pm

Hi Sarah

thanks for your feedback / flame.

I suppose what is funny about your comments is that my other link related tools (hub finder & link harvester) have been frequently referenced by some of the people who created some of the other link analysis tools.

If you don't think I am going to add features to make mine by far and away the best then you must not have been reading my blog much in the past.

August 23, 2005 - 8:15pm

I dunno about rip off since I haven't used any of the other stand alone tools, but free certainly is pretty cheap.

Even if you left the tool as is I would still consider a valuable asset in my war chest. The best part about it is that it saves me the time of making that stuff my self.

Thanks Aaron

your eternal seo groupie

August 23, 2005 - 8:19pm

i always get a kick out of seeing a person give away a FREE tool without spamming anyone, just sort of putting it on a web site and saying, "hey here it is if you want it." and no hidden tricks, no spyware, no adware, not even a signup form. and then someone comes along and drops an insult with no constructive criticism whatsoever.

it amuses me a lot to see this kind of behavior. i love it!

August 23, 2005 - 8:58pm

Thanks for the tool, Aaron. I've been using it with quite a bit of success at my blog (www.softwarebyrob.com), and really appreciate the time and effort it takes to put something like that online.

aaron wall
August 23, 2005 - 9:03pm

Thanks for the kind comments Kid Mercury & Rob :)

If you like the tool Rob don't forget to link to it so others get a chance to play w it too :)

August 23, 2005 - 11:51pm

Don't know what tool your using Sarah cause the one from Aaron is great from where I sit. That's one of the great things of freedom of choice, you can choose not to use it.

August 24, 2005 - 3:35am

Your backlink tool is terrific. The only people who wouldn't like it would be people who sell similar things. And THANK YOU for creating it! You're off to a GREAT start!

August 24, 2005 - 3:38am

A useful free tool that's openly beta-quality is a "cheap ripoff"? That's pretty good :-)

Here's another Aaron groupie saying I think you rock.

August 24, 2005 - 2:39pm

Its a bit churlish to be nitpicking Sarah's use of the phrase "cheap ripoff", given it is abundantly clear that she was not referring to the pricetag.

The ripoff aspect is always going to be arguable, because there's only so many ways to manage/display/control links within such an environment.

Its a good tool. I'll keep an eye on it, certainly. Heck I'll almost certainly use it.

August 24, 2005 - 3:38pm

churlish by design

August 25, 2005 - 12:14am


I just got done telling my students how smart you are for posting this tool on your blog... and then you go call it bad strategy.

If you happen to get some links to both pages, that's not a bad thing.

August 25, 2005 - 12:21am

>I just got done telling my students how smart you are for posting this tool on your blog... and then you go call it bad strategy.

hehehe. Thanks for the mention Dan.

>If you happen to get some links to both pages, that's not a bad thing.

true, but it helps to have good anchor text and authority links (like all the ones blogs recently gave me) heading at the same page that most other links will point at...for ranking purposes

August 25, 2005 - 11:53am

Hi Aaron

I like the tool and use it in conjuntion with other software.
As with all good tools of this sort it should really only be used to aid the manual examination of each link. Having said that we have already used it to some success.

Thanks again

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