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                   Jayde.com Member Newsletter
                        October 28, 1999
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2.) Are Free Links Pages Dead?
    by Mark Joyner, CEO, Aesop.Com

Back in the old days (in Internet time, two years ago was "the old 
days"), submitting your site to free link pages (AKA Free-for-All
Link Pages or "FFA" pages) was not a bad way to promote your business.  
That is, for a small amount of effort, you could get a medium amount 
of traffic.

The theory was: "If you submit to one hundred FFA sites, you may get 
a click or two. Automate this process and submit to hundreds and 
you may end up with a decent amount of traffic."

Eventually, software appeared which would submit your FFA links to 
hundreds of pages at a time. The solution to your traffic-building
woes, right?

As you probably know by now, this just isn't the case. It doesn't 
work that way, and here's why:

Once this automation software began to proliferate, the effectiveness 
of the FFA postings went down dramatically. That is, your listing 
would last about 10 minutes on any given page since there were 
hundreds of other people out there submitting at any given time. It 
stands to reason that if your FFA listing shows up on a page for less 
time, your link has a smaller chance of getting seen.

So, what I'm saying is, if you are submitting using a popular software 
program, your chances of getting traffic from those postings is

That is why the FFA submission feature in Swiss Army App is free:
< http://foreverweb.com/cgi-foreverweb/swa.cgi?IM4718 >

Now, my company still submits to FFAs on a regular basis. Why?

Two reasons:

1.  There *is* still a way to submit to FFA sites that will get you 
good traffic, and it will probably surprise you. It's something most 
people don't take advantage of.

2.  There is a whole other reason to submit to FFAs that will bring 
you traffic *indirectly*.

Are you confused? Don't worry, it will be clear in a minute.

Now, as for #1, this is really cool. Remember the paradox about FFA 
submissions - if you could automate, you would increase your chances 
of getting seen, but the act of automation itself actually lessened 
the overall result. What if you could automate the process *without* 
lessening the result?  Wouldn't that be great?

The good news is that you can automate and still get results. An 
amazing little tool called "Free Link Finder" takes all the good 
things about FFA submitting and removes all the bad.

You see, the paradox occurred because everyone using the software 
was using the same list. If you were submitting to a list of FFA 
pages that no one else was using, wouldn't your chances for exposure 
increase? Of course they would - dramatically!

Free Link Finder does this by spidering the net (based on search 
criteria you feed it), finding FFA pages, and submitting to them 
one by one. You simply give the program a set of search criteria 
and set it loose. Then go on about your other important business 
while the app generates traffic for you.  This is *very* cool:

< http://foreverweb.com/cgi-foreverweb/flf_click.cgi?IM4718 >

I use this app all the time and the results are *far* better than 
what I get using a canned list everyone else is using. Since the 
sites to which I'm submitting are generally pages that are submitted 
to less often, every submission I make brings exponentially better 
results than what I would get from a FFA submitter that submits to
the same list over and over.

Give this a shot and see for yourself. (Keep in mind that a well 
crafted title for your submission will increase your results even 
more. As always, experiment with various titles to see what works 

OK, so what about Reason #2? It takes a few logical jumps to 
understand how this works, but let's give it a shot:

a.  Some search engines use "link popularity" when deciding how to 
rank your pages. That is, if more sites are linking to you, your 
link popularity is higher. The logic being that if more people link
to you, the quality and importance of your site is probably higher. 
(The free version of Swiss Army App lets you check your link popularity 
on all of the engines that support it.)

b.  If you can somehow increase your link popularity, all of your 
listings in the engines will be given a bit more weight.

c.  You can artificially increase your site's link popularity by 
submitting to FFA pages. That is, many of the FFA pages to which 
you submit will be spidered by the engines. Your links will be found 
and increase the link popularity for that particular URL. This is
an instant, automated way of giving your listings a boost.

Now, let's turn this into an action plan.  This information will only 
increase your traffic when you *act on it*.

*Action Plan*:

OK, let's put all this together.  Here is an action plan you can use 
to increase traffic to your site with just a small amount of effort 
on your part:


a.  Use the free version of Swiss Army App to check your site's link 
popularity: < http://foreverweb.com/cgi-foreverweb/swa.cgi?IM4718 >

b.  Use the free version of Swiss Army App to submit your site to 
over 1,000 FFA pages.

Then, check your link popularity again one month later. It should 
be higher by at least a few hundred.


c.  Download Free Link Finder and begin using it regularly:

< http://foreverweb.com/cgi-foreverweb/flf_click.cgi?IM4718 >

d.  Over time, you will build a huge list of FFA pages to which you 
can submit. The URLs of each of these pages are saved to a file. 
Upload this file as an HTML page to your site. Then, turn the Swiss 
Army App spider submitter loose on that page and submit each of 
those FFA URLs to the engines. Do this *right after* you submit to 
the FFA pages. This will ensure each of those FFA pages is spidered 
by the engines.  Do this once a week.

e.  Check your link popularity after doing this for two months. It 
will have gone through the roof.

Remember folks, this information will only increase your traffic 
when you act on it. Download both of those apps now before you 
forget. This is an easy way to increase your traffic.

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