Buying & Selling Links

Should you really buy links? This is a raging debate among professional bloggers and SEO practitioners since the act of “giving a link” used to simply be a passge of information. However, Google’s Pagerank and system itself is highly dependent on links to and from several sites across the web. The way their system works has led to the assumption that linking as a form of business is bad or at least unethical, something countered by other prominent people on the web.

Google engineer Matt Cutts discussed this issue last year on his weblog, suggesting that Google is not particularly happy with the practice of buying and selling links. Threadwatch’s Nick Wilson (now with Performancing) found it rather arrogant that google would tell publishers how to do business and operate their sites.

My take? Buying and selling text links works in a moderated situation. You should never sell links on your site to “bad neighborhoods,” or resources that are dubious or do not provide value to your reader base. Buying links on other sites is a personal call, but one I’d rather avoid if possible. In fact, I haven’t done this for my sites at all.

2 Responses to “Buying & Selling Links”

  1. Rico says:

    I totally agree with the last part of your post. I guess the only way buying a link becomes worth your money is if it brings in the relevant crowd and isn’t misleading.

  2. markku says:

    Misleading links should be banned altogether especially those that appeal on people’s stupidity. Text link ads should never pretend to be some valid personal advice, unless properly labeled by the publisher.