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3 Way Links
Some webmasters own multiple sites and try to build up one of their specific sites by offering link exchanges from their other sites.
In doing this they add a link to you on their other site and get you to link to the main site they are trying to build up.
3 way links - any reciprocal linking scheme (see below) that attempts to hide the reciprocal nature of the linking by introducing a third person in the link. There are various possible ways of linking. e.g. A->B->C->A
link exchanges - any system, site, or mechanism, that facilities getting links in return for giving links.
reciprocal links - links where an agreement has been made between webmasters where one links to another on condition they link back.
backlinks - belong to pages. A pages backlinks are the links from any other page to it.
Citation analysis works well in academic environments but kinda falls a part in a commercially driven direct marketing environment (which is what the web is).
Many search algorithms may be able to detect link trading as an artificial means of boosting the popularity of both sites and discount the value of these links.
By doing a three way link from sites hosted on different servers a webmaster can build link popularity without the search engine being able to detect the link trading as easily.
The Problem with 3 Way Link Exchanges
Most people engaging in 3 way link exchanges are doing it with the express intent to manipulate search results. This typically means they are trying to make automated bots think their ideas are better than they are, and are willing to do deceptive things to do it.
There are legitimate reasons to do three way links, but most of the three way link partnerships I have been offered are not worth touching with a 10 Ft Pole.
The real problem is that if their two sites are not connected and they are primarily working to benefit the link popularity of their main site then it does not really hurt them if the site linking to you gets banned. If those sites get banned then they parse no link popularity to you.
In doing this webmasters can agressively market their high margin websites while keeping them somewhat shielded from the dangerous effects of their aggressive promotion.
In fact many marketers might set up 20 or 30 or more secondary
An Example 3 Way Link Technique
Some people will set up a bunk directory and ask for you to link back to one of their partner sites. In doing this they get links that would cost them thousands of dollars a month for making an investment which is sometimes less than $100.
They do not mind linking out to somewhat crapy sites because they are getting tons of free marketing for 5 - 10 minutes worth of work each day. I have recently seen more and more directories partnering up to promote more and more sleezy high margin pharmacy and debt type websites.
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