What is a link farm? And what happens if you link to one?

Link Farm According to Wikipedia

On the World Wide Web, a link farm is any group of web sites that all hyperlink to every other site in the group. Although some link farms can be created by hand, most are created through automated programs and services. A link farm is a form of spamming the index of a search engine”

So this is what is well known to many, but if you still don’t get it, try it this way:

On a page there are thousands of links, linking to different websites or blogs. Trying to make it look like backlinks to search engines and gain more credibility that way, then that page or domain is known as link farm.

What happens to link farms and to the sites that link to it?

This method may have been a success in 2000’s but now it is of no use, other than that of usefulness, it is way too harmful for you to link to a link farm as it search engines don’t only consider it a spam, but also an illegal way of trying to surpass the Google algorithms.

Other consequences of linking to a farm site

Other than considering your link as a spam it may also result your domain to permanent ban from search engine results page.

And if not that it may actually keep you in the sandbox.

My take on this:

If you are actually looking for ways to increase backlinks then do it the correct ways, don’t use illegal ways to do so.

2 thoughts on “What is a link farm? And what happens if you link to one?

  1. Google, as well as other search engines, are constantly updating their algorithms. Everyday they are becoming more and more advanced and sophisticated. You are right — simply linking to hundreds or thousands of other sites was a legitimate way to boost your ranking, but no more. The only way to stay in the good graces of search engines today is to employ white hat SEO methods, provide high quality content, and build relationships with others in your niche.

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