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How Much You Will Make With Text Link Ads On Your Site

May 24, 2006 by  

Text Link Ads has released the Text Link Ads Calculator which you can use to find out the value of text link ads on your site. I must say it’s clever of them to promote their service using such viral tool.

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I tried entering Google and some of replies were:

Priceless!
We Can’t Print That Many Zeros
More Than You Can Afford
Fug-get about it!
Haha, Very Funny

How accurate!

Anyway, apparently I could earn up to $300 per month if I were to place text link ads at Sabahan.com. That’s not bad return for placing some tiny ads somewhere here right?

However I am a little bit wary participating in any link selling program. While selling links might not get a site banned, it might prevent it from passing along reputation. The only way to avoid this problem is to use the rel=”nofollow” attribute but as far as I know Text Link Ads do not include the nofollow tag in their links.

Matt Cutts once writes:

A natural question is: what is Google’s current approach to link buying? Of course our link-weighting algorithms are the first line of defense, but it’s difficult to catch every problem case in adversarial information retrieval, so we also look for problems and leaks in different semi-automatic ways. Reputable sites that sell links won’t have their search engine rankings or PageRank penalized–a search for [daily cal] would still return dailycal.org. However, link-selling sites can lose their ability to give reputation (e.g. PageRank and anchortext).

What if a site wants to buy links purely for visitor click traffic, to build buzz, or to support another site? In that situation, I would use the rel=”nofollow” attribute. The nofollow tag allows a site to add a link that abstains from being an editorial vote. Using nofollow is a safe way to buy links, because it’s a machine-readable way to specify that a link doesn’t have to be counted as a vote by a search engine.

What do you think about participating in link selling/buying?

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