Ever check out a backlink and find yourself on a page that’s totally bogus?
In checking Letting me be . . . random wandering and philosophy
I have found backlinks on pages that are
- a collection of sites with the word wondering in the title
- a collection of sites with the word letting in the title
- a page advertising a pet store, and one about bears–go figure!
- a spam blog covered with links that had mine next to an explicit link for an adult site
I didn’t put them there. The first bunch were of no concern.
That last link was a problem. It occasionally came up in search engine listings with the name of my blog next to that explicit text, which made it look like my blog had adult content. Luckily it was a blogspot blog. I flagged it for removal.
If you find yourself with bogus backlinks, it’s usually best to ignore the little stinkers. The only way most can hurt you is if you return the favor and link back to them. Search engines know you can’t control who links to you.
Pretend you’re a rock star, who can’t pick your fans. Keep walking to your limo.
–ME “Liz” Strauss
Nextweek: More on Links and Blog Design