Troubleshooters.Com Linking Policy
Webmasters: If you want a reciprocal
link from Troubleshooters.Com, read this entire page and follow its
From Troubleshooters.Com's birth in June 1996 until May 2005, my
policy was to trade links with basically any family friendly website,
no questions asked. I dropped that policy because an influx of link
trade spam hawking worthless links
consumed too much time.
May 2005 until May 2008, our default action was to accept incoming
links if they followed certain guidelines, to inform the other
webmaster if the request didn't match the guidelines.
the deluge of spam link requests during the last several years, as of
May 26, 2008, our new default action is to ignore incoming link
requests, and send them to our spam learner, where they can frolic with
mortgage email, male enhancement email, Canadian medicine email, sex
email, Betty Banks email, "I'm tired tonight" email, and bank
email warning you of a security breach and to go to
http://script-kiddie.vx and change your password.
I might, at my
sole discression, respond to a link trade email if I think it's written
by a real person, and if it conforms to this page. As a starting point,
start the letter with "Hi Steve" or "Dear Steve" or just "Steve".
Anyone, even on a dialup line, could spend three minutes and learn that
the guy who runs Troubleshooters.Com is named Steve. What do you call a
request for help from one unwilling to spend three minutes of research?
I'm mad as hell about spammers forcing me to change my
policy like this. Link trades were how Troubleshooters.Com grew from
maybe 10 visits per day in June 1996 to 100 visits per day in February
1997 to 3000 daily visits in 2001. Because of lazy wannabe
"businessmen" wanting a shortcut to web traffic, and the spammers who
support them, Troubleshooters.Com's accomplishment would be impossible
today. Until now I've tried to help newer webmasters the way the
established mid 1990's webmasters helped me.
But now, with the
tens of link trade spam per day, trying to help would significantly
reduce the time I spend making money and feeding my family.
The new policy: 5/26/2008We will not respond to requests for
link trades! Instead we will place link trade request in our spam
learners to train our spam detection to automatically killfile link
in special cases, respond to link trade requests. These special cases
will most likely respond to requests that don't waste our time or
require us to educate the requester, and who get it right the first
time. Here are some factors that make it more likely that your request
will get our attention:
If you've made your request personal, easy to respond to, relevent, and family friendly, I just might trade links with you.
- Address me by name. "Hi Steve", or "Hello Steve", or "Dear
Steve", or "Steve", or anything similar. This is the single most
differentiator between spam and a personal request by a human.
- Link to Troubleshooters.Com first. We have no time to police reciprocal compliance.
- Put the link to us where it's easy to find for someone seeking
what the Troubleshooters.Com page has to offer, not on one of many link
pages bearing no relationship to the T.C page to which they're linking.
- Wait for the link to be visible. That means upload and then wait
a day or two.
- Email me, starting with "Dear Steve" or "Hi Steve" or something
else to distinquish you from a form letter. The email should tell me:
- The page containing the link, and the text of the link so I can
find it quickly on that page.
- Exactly how to navigate from your main page to your T.C link.
List in order all links clicked.
- The Troubleshooters.Com page to which the link points.
- Your preference as to which of your pages Troubleshooters.Com
should link back to, if we decide to link back.
- Your promise that your site:
- Does not contain content, or link to sites with content
violence, weapons of mass destruction, disrespect toward groups of
people, fraudulant material, illegal activities including but not
limited to unauthorized copying of copyrighted material,
or sites displaying pornography.
- Does not involve excessive popup ads,
load times, or other problems so obnoxious as to be disturbing to
- Does not mount Troubleshooters.Com in a "sticky frame".
- Does not mount Troubleshooters.Com in a new window or tab and then
fail to switch focus to that new window or tab.
- Does not require our accepting any sort of legal agreement,
explicitly or implicitly.
- Does not request specific wording for the link text. It
should be too obvious to state, but I'll state it -- I will not take
the time necessary to verify whether your site's products are "low
priced, "lowest priced", "high quality", or any similar claim.
- Respect my time.
- Do not ask
me to accept any sort of legal agreement,
explicitly or implicitly. Unless you're paying me $10,000.00, it's not
worth my hiring a lawyer, and I certainly wouldn't agree to your
legalese without one. So don't ask!
- Refer to Troubleshooters.Com as "Troubleshooters.Com". I've spent
a lot of time and money obtaining trademarks for Troubleshooters.Com,
and want that name respected.
Is it worth all this bother?
I've given you a lot of hoops to jump through, just for the chance of
being considered for a Troubleshooters.Com link trade. Is it worth it?
Not unless you need visitors like those visiting Troubleshooters.Com.
Troubleshooters.Com gets approximately 6500 distinct IP visitors daily (May 2008).
Our Google visibility on 5/26/2008 is as follows:
|"process of troubleshooting"
|"regular expressions" Perl
If you'd like an incoming link from this type of high quality site,
it's worth it. Otherwise, it's not.
mean by "worthless links"(link-spam)
2005 brought a new trend. I now receive tens or even hundreds of emails
per month from people or computer programs putting placing a link to a
Troubleshooters.Com page on a page of their website. Sounds great,
The trouble is, the page contains primarily links, and is one of over
50 such pages, with similar titles, containing primarily links. For
instance, somebody places a link to a Troubleshooters.Com Linux
oriented page on their page titled "Toyota Radiators", right alongside
a religous link, a car link, and a construction link. NOBODY will find
the link to the Troubleshooters.Com Linux
page, and if they did, they would not be looking for Linux content.
You might wonder why anyone would bother to put together a website
consisting of little but disorganized links. I don't know, but I
suspect it's to fool Google into thinking they're very popular and
being linked to by numerous other websites.
Then there are those "taker" webmasters wanting traffic from incoming
links, but unwilling to relinquish the reader. They use sticky frames
that put the linked to site inside a frame of their own site, so the
visitor gets only a partial view of the linked site. Or they display
the linked site in another window or tab, but keep focus on their own window
so all but the most observant visitor never visits the linked site.
Such webmasters are selfish on a kindergarten level, and their useless
links will not be reciprocated.
2007-2008, most link requests became form letters asking me to use
specific phrasing, agree to legal language, and all sorts of other
things against Troubleshooters.Com policies and wasting my time. It's
just not worth it any longer.
I built Troubleshooters.Com to a 6500 distinct IP visit per day site,
over a period of years, by including valuable local content,
publicizing it, and drawing links. It appears some modern
webmasters (or more likely those companies guaranteeing a great search
engine placement for a price) want to do it quick and cheap. If so,
they will not have the assistance of Troubleshooters.Com.
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