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Welcome to my LINK GARDEN!     Unlike evil commercial GMO-using "LINK FARMS"
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What is a Link Farm ? Well, not THIS site!

A link farm is a webpage that consists almost entirely of links to other webpages, usually not webpages on that site. The most obnoxious and useless of these sites have pages and pages of links that are in no particular order, not even alphabetical order!

Why do these horrible and obnoxious webpages exist?

Webpages like these exist because of the way Google ranks websites in its searches. ONE of the factors Google uses to determine how high a website ranks under certain search terms is the number of websites that link back TO that website. Thus if someone had a cookie baking website, and another cookie baking website linked back to that one, the "linked to" website would go up in ranking when someone searched for "cookie baking" on Google.

Because of this webmasters everywhere started sending out "link exchange requests": I'll link to you, you link to me. Google is constantly changing the programs that rank websites, and pretty soon links were valued differently: a link from a famous university rated higher than a link from a teenager's hobby site.

Evil Scheming SEO's

Imagine this: you've written a webpage, or even paid someone quite a bit of money to write you a webpage. You're paying to have the site hosted somewhere. You're waiting on the traffic to come to your site, for the e-commerce dollars to come your way, and they don't! What can you do? Well, you can hire a SEO specialist (Search Engine Optimization) to work with your site.

Here's the way Google naturally would work with a new site:

Site goes up: month (1) Google crawls and indexes the site within a week or two of it going up, especially if you submit it to Google to be crawled. Just because it's indexed doesn't mean it's listed very high though. Say there are 500,000 sites about baking cookies. Your cookie baking site is number 500,001.

Improving this ranking with Google (and other search engines) is call Search Engine Optimization. If you want a website to rank higher, either you or a SEO specialist need to do a few things. Some of these things are totally legitimate, some are "gray area", and some are just plain wrong!

Legitimate things are submitting your site to all the search engines (there's a lot of them!) plus all the free "Online Yellow Page" directories. Basically any site relating to what you do that has a place to enter your site, you do it. Direct link exchanges are good, especially with sites like yours.

After awhile, Google started rating a "non-reciprocal" link higher than a 'reciprocal" link. This de-valued the time honored "I'll link to you if you'll link to me" link building strategy. A good result would have been websites with less cluttered "links" pages: many sites would have long lists of links in no particular order, and many not even relating to the main theme of the website! A "gray hat" result of this ranking stratregy was the "three way link", where, for example, your cookie website would link to a car sales website, and a hardware store website would link back to your cookie site.

The Link Farm Website

A bad result of the three way link was the link farm website. Many webmasters, like me, would basically exchange links with anyone unless they disapproved of what the website was "selling". With the "three way link" scheme, unscrupulous webmasters would create "link farm" sites to provide your "reciprocal link". Thus your "quality site" would link to another "newbie, hopefully quality site" , and your return link would be on a garbage, useless site! What's really weird is these farm sites often ranked quite highly with Google Page Rank A darker shade of gray hat practice is link purchasing, where a link is "hidden" within text to appear part of an article, especially when it's unnatural, like this: "When baking the cookie make sure to come to honest john's used cars for great deals set the oven to 350 degrees"

Google changes, webmasters freak out

In an effort to keep things real, (as well as some more sinister, profit driven reasons) Google "cracked down" on web links, decreasing the page rank to zero of any site using "linking schemes." My website was one of those targeted, although I was "reinstated" in 3 days after filling out an online form. There ARE some paid links on this site, but they are plainly labeled . All the link pages linked to from this page have unpaid links.

As to my personal link practices, when I first started this site I considered being a "Portal Site" where people would come to find the best stuff on the web. I gave up on that: too many other sites doing it already. I still will exchange links with almost anyone, and I have always tried to categorize and alphabetize my links so that they are a good and easily useable resource.

Here's a good article on link farms and google page rank.


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Thank you for visiting the ECONOMECHANIX WEB SITE. Please feel free to comment. We also serve the surrounding communities of Alachua, High Springs, Hawthorne, and Newberry! Gainesville has been my home since 1974, and I've loved Gvl and the Gators since I came here in the fall of 1974 to attend the University of Florida. I loved it so much I stayed and opened my car repair business. Originally it was out of the back of a 1963 Chevrolet wagon, but in 1977 a fellow mechanic and I opened an auto repair shop with actual walls, etc. I stayed in the same location for 26 years, and recently moved my operation to property I bought 15 miles east of Gainesville. I am doing most all the repairs myself now, having reduced my overhead from $1500 per month to practically nothing. I do work by appointment only. I mostly work only on my established customers cars, but I will occasionally take on new clients. E-mail me and I will either make arrangements to look at your car, or I will recommend you to someone who will.

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Auto, Car, and Truck Article List

A
ABS: Anti-Lock Brake Systems
ADVANCE: Car ignition timing
ALTERNATORS and Car Battery
AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSIONS
B
BAD CAR DESIGNS
BATTERIES: Auto, Car or Truck
BELTS AND HOSES
BEARINGS
BODY AND BUMPER REPAIRS
BRAKE REPAIRS: Car or Truck
C
Car Washing and Care
CARBURETORS:Car & Truck
CHECK ENGINE LIGHT
CLEANING: Engine Cleaning
CLUTCH REPAIRS: Car & Truck
COMPRESSION: Car Engine
COMPUTER CAR CONTROLS
CV JOINT OR CV AXLES
D
DISTRIBUTORS (IGNITION)
E
ELECTRIC WIRING REPAIR
ENGINES: Car & Truck
ENGINE CLEANING
EXPANSION PLUGS
F
FREEZE PLUGS
FUEL AIR MIXTURE
FUEL INJECTION: Car & Truck
FUEL PUMPS: Car & Truck
G
GAGES AND "IDIOT LIGHTS"
GASKETS AND SEALS
GLASS: WINDOWS AND WINDSHIELDS
H
HEADS & HEAD GASKET
HOSES AND BELTS
I
"IDIOT LIGHTS" AND GAGES
IGNITION TIMING: Car & Truck
J
AUTO JACKS: lifting cars safely
K
L
LEAN "Car runs lean"
LIGHTS: WARNING OR "IDIOT LIGHTS"
Limp Home Mode
M
MIL Light
MANUAL TRANSMISSIONS
N
NO START: Car Won't Start
O
OIL CHANGES
OIL: What's right for your car?
OIL LIGHT ON OR GAGE LOW
P
PCV Valve
Q
R
RADIATORS: Car and Truck
RICH: Car runs rich
S
SEALS AND GASKETS
SERVICE ENGINE SOON LIGHT
SPARK PLUGS
STARTERS: Auto, Truck
T
THERMOSTATS
TIMING: IGNITION TIMING
TIMING BELT & TIMING CHAIN
TIRE REPAIR
TRANSMISSIONS: AUTOMATIC
TRANSMISSIONS: MANUAL
U
V
VACUUM ADVANCE
WARNING LIGHTS OR "IDIOT LIGHTS"
Car Washing and Care
W
WATER PUMP REPAIR
WINDOWS AND WINDSHIELDS
WIRING REPAIR
X
Y
Z

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