Saturday, June 13, 2015
Understanding FFA Sites
When you are working with SEO to promote your website - regardless of whether the purpose of this website is to promote your business or to make money itself - one thing you will want to keep your eyes open for is the "little things" that other websites fail to do, as these are the things that can give you that extra little SEO boost; one thing you may come across, as you start looking for "little things" like this, is FFA sites ("free for all" sites), which are sites that are packed with links, and that allow you to submit your own links for inclusion. Of course, when you submit a link to an FFA site, the purpose would be twofold: firstly, you would submit a link to an FFA site in order to gain a backlink for your site, which would increase its search engine ranking, and secondly, you would submit a link to an FFA site in order to gain some new visitors as a result of that link - so in order to understand the value of FFA sites, it is important to see how well each of these goals is accomplished. One of the problems with FFA sites is that lots of links get submitted to them, and this means that your link is unlikely to be on the page for longer than about five minutes before it gets bumped off by newer links; this means that inclusion on an FFA site will not only mean that you are sharing "link juice" with tons of other sites, but it will also mean that you will only be getting about five minutes of link time! Of course, you can still take a look at the human factor - but once you really look at it, you will realize that this will not do you much good either; FFA sites get very little human traffic, and most of the human traffic they get comes from others who are submitting links (and since most people submit their links in an automated manner, even this will not do you much good!). The one thing you are likely to get as a result of submitting links to an FFA site is an increase in spam to your email address - so in all, you will spend time submitting links in order to get practically no boost in search engine ranking, practically no boost in traffic, an increase in spam, which all boils down to this: leave FFA sites alone!