Show backlink in free hosting. Worth it?

Started by natmir, Jun 29, 2022, 03:04 AM

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I am running a free hosting platform and it's currently comepletely whitelabel (no backlinks, custom domain, nameservers of choice, etc.) but have been thinking about displaying a small backlink in the corner of the screen like most free providers do.
Now my question is: Is it worth it? Do I lose more users by removing the whitelabel feature than getting new ones or the other way?

I had the idea of not forcing it, but rewarding the user for showing it, but that would mean checking every user who has it, if it's really displaying.

What are your thoughts on this?


I suppose it can harm your SEO in long run, as you do not have control over the content of hosted sites, and those might not be relevant to your own product offering or your keyword mix, and will mostly confuse google algorithm in establishing your domain authority.

So for SEO, as per me, it should be no-no.

For branding, and generating references, it could be thoughtful strategy. So I would suggest to show your link in the corner , but those should be no follow links.
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First I can't see a SkyLakeHost's website, which would get SEO benefits from the links - you should fix it asap!

There are lots of things to keep in mind to make it worth it. Make a research of client's websites for SEO parameters like a total number of backlinks, amount of referring domains, use free backlink checker tool for that. Remove a low-quality website from the list. Here are a few advanced parameters to check domain quality:

- The ratio of Referring Domain to Linking Domain (1/2 to 1/3 is OK) by Ahref
- Check Citation Flow (CF) to Trust Flow (TF) ratio (Less than 2,5 is OK) by Majestic
- Check % of Dofollow backlinks
- Check domain's backlinks anchors
- Check site's backlink's & traffic stats history

If you'll have any domains passed that criteria, then kindly ask your clients who host those high-quality websites to put a link to your website from the main page. It's better to use the exact URL and brand name variations as a link text.

By using keyword reach link text for on your free host, you could get ruin your SEO, use keyword reach link anchor only if it will be less than 5% from overall links count. I think the same link code on all websites is a waste because there are huge risks that the links will be considered spammy.
You could also use links to get traffic from websites, in this case, my suggestion is to track each website link performance by adding UTM parameters to the link
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if a number of reputable resources in the eyes of search engines refer to you, then that is something, yes it means. Well, most likely, you are worth it, so that your authority in the eyes of the search rises a bit.

We will bypass the question of why a site needs a trust, because you can read about it by going to the mentioned article. In short, we can summarize that the higher it is, the higher the attendance will be, all other things being equal.

Yes, in the last few months I have seen a significant increase in attendance. But I can't say that this is definitely the merit of the free promotion method by getting bold links from the resources that I describe here. The fact is that since August of that year, I have been quite busy optimizing the texts of my old articles, which were written without taking into account the required keyword density.

Blog hosting provide their users with the opportunity to create and maintain their own blog for free. You don't have to pay money for that , you don't need to install the engine either, but you just need to write posts and attract new readers.

Many, by the way, are attracted by this simplicity and they prefer to blog there, and not on a standalone engine like WordPress. In that case, you don't have to pay for hosting, and you don't need to bother with studying the features of CMS either.

So we will start our own blogs on some of these blogging platforms in order to get a fat backlink to our collection. But not all such services are equally well suited for our purpose.

It would be wrong, of course, to judge the transferred trust only on the basis of the TCI indicator of the donor page (the donor in our case is the page from which the link was placed), but nevertheless, we will take that indicator into account in the first place.