In the battle to be noticed on the web and share with the world our dreams, ideals, advice and products;
the strategies are many.
FFA - "Free For All" promotion sites
Have you ever come across those sites that offer to submit your URL to 8,567,291.1 sites for free or at a very low cost? Welcome to the somewhat questionable world of FFA, as this is undoubtedly where the majority of your submissions will go.
So what is a FFA links site?
FFA stands for Free For All site. They have been in existence since around 1995. These are pages with the sole purpose of listing links. Practically anyone can post their "ad" on these pages for free. Where the owner of the site doesn't monitor the submissions, this can mean links to some *very* undesirable content are displayed.
The ad usually takes the form of a descriptive link and a one to two line description. These listings are usually limited to around 50 and constantly rotating. A once off submission will
last anywhere from a few minutes to around a week, depending on how many
people are submitting to that particular page.
Did I get traffic? - *very* little. As I mentioned earlier, the link lists are constantly turning over. On some of the FFA pages, my link lasted approximately 15 minutes before it was pushed down
and then off the list by new submissions. On some pages that I
later located, the link was visible for 6 days.
FFA link farm pages started gaining more popularity after my experiment and the pages began littering search engine results. Searchers became frustrated by the garbage they were seeing on these sites, so most major search engines then set about filtering or penalizing these pages. There's also been debate over the years as to whether sites that were listed on the penalized pages were consequently penalized themselves. While I don't believe this aspect to be true as it would be an easy way for competitors to destroy each other, the fact the FFA pages were penalized negated any backlink value anyway.
In summary, I'd advise anyone starting out in site promotion to keep well away from FFA pages - it's not worth it for the pitiful traffic and the ensuing volumes of email you'll receive. And after all, how many fellow surfers have you heard comment, "I spent the night cruising FFA sites"...my guess is not many :)
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