Frequently Asked Questions

If you have any question about the service Free Links Direct offers, it's recommended that you first check this section, our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs). Our FAQ contains a listing of commonly asked questions that we've received from partners. If you're unable to find the answer to your question here, contact our customer support for assistance.

  1. What is Free Links Direct?
  2. Can any website join Free Links Direct?
  3. Does Free Links Direct offer instant links?
  4. Other companies offer hundreds of instant links. Why doesn’t Free Links Direct offer the same?
  5. Why is this service Free?
  6. What's the catch?
  7. What will happen if I remove the links on my homepage?
  8. I understand link relevancy is important, how do you address this?
  9. I don't see a vertical market that matches my site content. What should I do?
  10. How long will it take before my website submission is approved?
  11. How long will it take before I start seeing links?
  12. How long will it take before the links I receive from Free Links Direct are counted by the search engines?
  13. Will the number of links pointing to my site fluctuate, or will they be static?
  14. Is Free Links Direct going to help my website become a huge success?
  15. Can I submit more than one website?
  16. When will I see an increase in page rank and search engine placement?
  17. Why do you limit the number of links per month?
  18. How do I track the effectiveness of this service?
  19. Is this considered link farming?
  20. What is PageRank (PR) and is it important?
  21. What is the difference between reciprocal and one way links?
  22. Where can I find out more about Search Engine Optimization (SEO)?
  23. Can I purchase one-way links from Free Links Direct?
  24. Sounds great, how do I sign up?

What is Free Links Direct?
Free Links Direct is a social networking community for webmasters. We provide quality one-way links, allow partners to communicate for link exchanges, share opinions and ideas, and even rate each other’s websites in order to claim our coveted top-spot in our Featured Partners list. In addition, Free Links Direct features learning tools to help build, optimize, and market your websites. Members enjoy exclusive SEO tools, reports, and much more.

Can any website join Free Links Direct?
The short answer, no. We have some strict guidelines on our approval process. Our goal is to network quality sites that offer something valuable to users. We understand value comes in many forms and can be subjective, so we've designed a checklist for our reviewers to follow that ensures all websites are judged on their own merit. We review each website on content, design, usability, and value (to name a few). Websites we will absolutely NOT allow in our directory include:
  • Websites that contain pornographic imagery in any form
  • Websites that promote hatred or racism
  • Websites without content
  • Websites that are constituted as banner or link farms
  • Websites that are non-functional
  • Websites that utilize Black Hat Marketing techniques for SEO
  • Websites that contain warez or other illegal downloads
  • Websites that have been banned by Google, MSN, or Yahoo
If you have any questions on our reviewing process, please feel free to contact us and we'll be happy to answer any question you may have.

Does Free Links Direct offer instant links?
Free Links Direct does not offer instant links, nor do we promise you’ll receive hundreds of links month over month. What we provide is quality one-way links that will build up over a slow and steady pace over time.

Other companies offer hundreds of instant links. Why doesn’t Free Links Direct offer the same?
What our competition neglects to tell you is that hundreds of instant links can actually HURT your rankings! Search engines are smart. If your website goes from a link count of 20 to 620 almost overnight, you’ve just red-flagged yourself! The search engines could respond by possibly penalizing you (dropping your rank) or banning you entirely.

Why is this service Free?
There are many websites that currently charge a monthly fee just for networking partners to provide backlinks, so why do we do it for free? The answer is simple. We run several successful websites that fall within one or more of the vertical markets. With our websites "in the mix", we benefit the same way you do, through quality websites linking back to ours! There are no hidden gimmicks or games with Free Links Direct. Our goal is the same as yours, to increase page ranks and subsequently search engine traffic.

What's the catch?
There is none. By using our service you agree to simply place a small group of links on your home page. The links will look something like this:

link1 link2 link3 link4 link5 Free Links Direct

You can choose from a selection of websites to link to and apply any style sheet you wish. You can even place the links anywhere on your web pages. As long as you keep the link content in-tact and the links appear on your home page, you have full control on where and how you place the grouping of links.

What will happen if I remove the links on my homepage?
We have automated software (spider, bot, crawler) that runs several times a week and checks the status of the links assigned to your website. If our software determines the links are no longer on your homepage, the system will remove your website from our listings and place it in a BANNED status. We’re only interested in dedicated partners, not those who want to try to abuse our FREE service.

I understand link relevancy is important, how do you address this?
When you join our network, you choose a vertical market that best matches the content of your website. When a new partner joins our network in the same vertical market as your website and selects you as a partner, a one-way link from that website is created. It’s important that you select the most appropriate vertical market for your website to ensure the highest level of relevancy.

I don't see a vertical market that matches my site content. What should I do?
If you do not see a vertical market that matches your site content, please email our Customer Support Team. Provide your website URL and let us know what category you would like to see added to our network.

How long will it take before my website submission is approved?
We review and approve websites on a daily basis. However, the number of submission requests we receive daily can get staggering. We approve websites on a first in, first our basis. Typically our approval process takes anywhere from 48 to 72 hours.

How long will it take before I start seeing links?
One-way links are not instant. It can take as many as 30 days to see your first backlink from our service, depending on the popularity of the vertical market you choose for your website. Typically partners see links in the first 15 days of signing up with our service.

How long will it take before the links I receive from Free Links Direct are counted by the search engines?
This number varies greatly based on many factors, including the PR of the page linking out to you as well as the search engine spider that’s crawling the partner website. It can take anywhere from a week to a few months for a link to be counted by the search engines. Free Links Direct has no control over the search engines, so you need to be patient when it comes to linking. It’s just part of the SEO process.

Will the number of links pointing to my site fluctuate, or will they be static?
The number of links pointing to your site will fluctuate month over month. As our network grows, more and more webmasters will join the service resulting in a greater number of one-way links for all partners. However, not every partner who joins our network will continue with our service. As is the nature of linking, who links to you WILL fluctuate over time.

Is Free Links Direct going to help my website become a huge success?
Let’s start this off with a blunt yet honest answer answer, NO! What will make your website a huge success are your own marketing efforts, how effectively you’re able to implement SEO strategies, and how hard you’ll work to make your website a success. Those with little patience, those trying to “get rich quick” and those who are not dedicated will NEVER see the benefit of our service. SEO is a long term commitment and we’re just one piece of a very large puzzle, so don’t expect miracles. We’re here to simply help you get a head-start and to educate you.

Can I submit more than one website?
Absolutely! You can submit as many websites as you want as long as they can be categorized into one of our vertical markets. Whether it be one or one hundred, as long as they meet our submission criteria they’re welcome at Free Links Direct!

When will I see an increase in page rank and search engine placement?
Typically you'll see an increase in PageRank after 100 days of signing up for this service, although this number will vary depending on your individual SEO efforts. To fully benefit from our system, you need to be listed for several consecutive months. Remember, SEO and link building is NOT an overnight process! If you don’t have the patience to participate in the system for the long term, you’re not going to benefit.

Why do you limit the number of links per month?
We limit the number of links for several reasons; the most important is to prevent search engines from DROPPING you in ranking. Google and the major search engines place strong emphasis on gradual link building. In fact, sites can often be penalized if they take a sudden jump in back links without a sustained rate. Our system is designed to increase your back links at a gradual yet effective pace! The longer you have your site in our listings, the more relevant links you will receive. As with anything, the best rewards come to those who are patient.

How do I track the effectiveness of this service?
Members have exclusive access to a suite of powerful SEO and tracking tools, including PageRank look-ups, link popularity checks (backlinks), Indexed page checks, and much more! We recommend that you note your website positioning under your main keywords on the day you signup for Free Links Direct. Then, after every 60 to 90 days, analyze your positioning for those keywords. With the links provided by Free Links Direct and your individual SEO efforts, you should see a steady and impressive increase in search engine positioning!

Is this considered link farming?
Not in any way, shape, or form! Link farming is a complete different concept that entails black-hat SEO. Free Links Direct is not remotely close to a link farm. Our system is designed to provide you with quality one way links through partner participation. We take all the hard work out of manual link exchanges and provide a convenient and professional site to help manage your links. Our goal is to provide high quality links from sites that contain relevant content. Every site is manually reviewed by members of our staff on a daily basis.

What is PageRank (PR) and is it important?
PageRank (PR) is a method (an algorithm) used for measuring a web page's relative importance. The higher a website's Page Rank, the higher it will be placed in Google's search engine results for the targeted key words and phrases.

Google defines Page Rank as:
PageRank relies on the uniquely democratic nature of the web by using its vast link structure as an indicator of an individual page's value. In essence, Google interprets a link from page A to page B as a vote, by page A, for page B. But, Google looks at more than the sheer volume of votes, or links a page receives; it also analyzes the page that casts the vote. Votes cast by pages that are themselves "important" weigh more heavily and help to make other pages "important."

What this means is that PageRank acts as a balloting system. Hyperlinks that point to your website from another website are casting a "vote" of support for your site. The more hyperlinks pointing to your website, the more "votes" of support you have, the higher your site will be placed in the search engine results. Please note that PageRank does NOT have a DIRECT relation to search engine result placements.

What is the difference between reciprocal and one way links?
Reciprocal linking is when your website links to another website and that website links back to your website. Essentially, you add a link to your site in exchange for a link from another site. A One-way link is where a website links directly to your website and you do not link back to that particular site. One-way linking is weighted heavier over reciprocal linking in the major search engines. Our service provides with one-way links and allows members to communicate with one another for link exchange requests (reciprocal links).

Where can I find out more about Search Engine Optimization (SEO)?
Check out our SEO Academy where you can view important SEO and website marketing articles provided by our expert SEO team. In addition, our staff has put together a comprehensive SEO guide that teaches you everything you need to know about search engine optimization, keyword strategies, and website marketing and promotion. Please see our SEO 101 : The Complete Beginners Guide To SEO. Dig around through our website and you’ll find a plethora of outstanding SEO resources!

Can I purchase one-way links from Free Links Direct?
Although we do not directly sell links, you can visit our sister site, Quality Links Direct. Quality Links Direct provides a unique and unsurpassed service for high quality one-way paid links within the body of content-rich articles!

Sounds great, how do I sign up?
To get started, visit our Getting Started page now!

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