If you have a high number of relevant, quality websites linking to yours it will boost your search engine popularity. As Community Spark is a new blog, I am eager to increase its exposure as much as possible.
As soon as I signed up, I started receiving emails telling me my link exchange application had been accepted. Reading further into the email, I was told that a site had accepted my link exchange request. This was news to me, as I had only just signed up and each email I received was in relation to a site I would not want to link to for various reasons.
It turns out that LinkAlizer offers a ‘Premium Membership’. If you upgrade to a premium membership, you automatically receive a link exchange request from all new LinkAlizer members. Perhaps this is good for the premium members, but it is not something I was aware would happen.
Over the course of three days, I received 44 of these emails. Every single one was from a site that I would not be interested in linking with. The majority of websites were simply affiliate landing pages or referral pages for online medication.
During my time as a signed up member, I received a few link exchange requests from members that had found my website in the LinkAlizer database and had decided they wanted to exchange links. Unfortunately these sites were also completely irrelevant to mine and many were in the same categories as mentioned above.
Overall I would not recommend LinkAlizer. As is often the case when looking to submit your website to directories and build up your link exchanges, it pays to do it manually. It may take longer but at least you can be confident you are doing everything correctly and in the best way possible.
LinkAlizer certainly can offer you a large number of sites to exchange links with, but I did not come across one ‘quality website’ with decent and relevant content. If you don’t care where your link exchanges come from, by all means give LinkAlizer a try. However, for those that want to exchange links only with quality, relevant sites you shouldn’t waste your time (or strain your mailbox) with LinkAlizer – unless you are flogging cheap meds or have developed a turnkey ‘made for Adsense’ website.