The Effect “Link Trains” Can Have on your Blog
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Over the past several months we’ve seen many “link trains” from the infamous “Z List” to Technorati Favs to Feed my Feed. Each list obviously is a little different, yet completely the same.
The Positive Side
I think these trains can really help out a brand new blogger, especially one who wouldn’t achieve a page rank without the “list”. By getting on the list early, you could be looking at dozens of link backs. This will not only increase your technorati rank but it will also build back links to your blog.
By participating in these themed links you may even achieve what the list is designed to do. Whether it’s to gain more subscribers or get more favorites. Any stat increase is a plus.
The Negative Effect
There are several negatives to these “Link Trains” which is why I don’t participate in them.
I strongly believe that Blog about your Blog stayed at a page rank 4 last update because of the Z List. It was great to get all of those linkbacks and really made our technorati score look real nice, however it literally cost me money. We were included on the Z List early and received the full effect. The good and the bad.
The “link train” links aren’t that valuable. The trains are essentially a list of URL’s in a post. Almost every word in the train is a link, and usually the list gets very long. With each blog added to the train, it potentially decreases the value of your link.
Many of the people who participate in the lists are newer bloggers that are trying to get links to their new blogs. This means that many of the links you are getting are even less valuable because they don’t have a page rank. The majority of the links you will get aren’t valuable and carry very little weight.
Trains Are A Thing of the Past
Personally I think link trains are a thing of the past. Yet, I still see many bloggers participating in such trains, and trying to create their “own”. To be unique, start a completely new idea.
Are you still on the link train?