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Are you going to stop selling links?

Written by Mike

Topics: Google, Interesting podcasts

I can’t believe how much people are talking about the latest Google PageRank update! It even made the front page of the Sydney Morning Herald newspaper in Australia (at least the online version).

It’s not going to stop me selling links, at least on this blog. I am still making money with Text Link Ads and Linkworth, so it is going to be interesting to see how this income goes.

One thing I can see happening is that there are going to be more sponsored posts in blogs and linking from articles rather than from links in sidebars and blogrolls. Google kind of made the market for buying and selling links and now they are trying to close the market. Perhaps it is a good thing, I am not really sure right now. Selling links has become a very good source of income for many bloggers, especially where Adsense didn’t work so well.

I agree with what Darren has written on the subject:

I think that what Google has done this last week means that we’ll see more and more of the text link selling go further underground. We’ll see it happen less using systems like TextLinkAds and more happening in less transparent ways.

And if Darren is right, which I think he is, the internet is going to become an even less trustworthy source of information.

5 Comments Comments For This Post I'd Love to Hear Yours!

  1. Domtan says:

    It’s highly unlikely that bloggers will quit selling links. Especially if the price is right. Particularly since most admit that Google’s traffic percentage to their blog is only between the %2-5 figure mark.

  2. Tyler says:

    I am not sure, beyond selling links, what the point of pagerank would be..

  3. Tim says:

    I agree, the selling of links will go underground. I leaned way over to the side of providing disclosure, way beyond what anyone wanted, and now I’ve gotten burned. I haven’t made up my mind as to how I will proceed with regard to disclosure of paid links/posts in the future.

  4. Claire says:

    I don’t get it. If it’s okay to link from a post but not from a sidebar, what’s to stop people from simply selling links on posts that they update daily?


  5. Harrison says:

    I don’t think I will stop selling links on my blog. However, I will change my way to sell it. At this moment, I stop selling links through those Text Link Ads market place and I want to go underground – selling links directly to my advertisers.

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