Rules, Guidelines and Best Practices
We have included this section to give members an idea of how they should be utilizing linkreferral
General Usage Questions
Q: I have a specific question that is not answered below?
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Q: What will get me in trouble with my account?
A: Anything that compromises our service and/or is detrimental to it's members. This includes registering more than 10+ accounts/webpages in an effort to monopolize the directory. Reviewing more than the allotted 5 reviews per day with no quality to the reviews in an effort to spread your listing. Spamming our forums with self promotion. Using offensive language where deemed not appropriate (i.e. using it in an adult review might be appropriate, using it to insult a grandmothers' church blog is not). Generally writing the majority of your reviews to insult other members. Promoting your own site exclusively when writing reviews. Signing up a number of garbage accounts under your referral ID. Sanctions range from temporary suspension all the way to permanent ban and ip block of your entire region. Please behave yourself, we have human eyes on what's going on at all times, and it is not difficult to tie accounts together....
Q: What are the benefits of reviewing sites?
A: 1) It counts as part of the ranking criteria of how your site is listed in our directory. More and better quality reviews (we rate the quality) translates into a higher overall ranking and thus more traffic for your listing. 2) By reviewing a site, the site owner is likely to view the review and return the favor of viewing and reviewing your site. By making it a good quality review, the recipient will take you seriously as a reputable person to do business and/or associate with and will be much more likely to be receptive to what you offer.
Q: How do reviews count towards the ranking criteria?
A: You can find out at this link here.
Q: What specifically are the review quality criteria as part of the overall ranking criteria for the directory?
A: You can find out at this link here.
Q: What should I keep in mind when doing reviews of other sites?
A: Aside from specifics above, you should write a review as you would want to receive it - detailed with content that makes it obvious you visited their site. we do allow a little bit of a self plug at the end of a GOOD detailed review, however, if it is too lengthy we may reduce your rating or even wipe the reviews and take your listing offline temporarily if bad enough...
Q: How do I write a review with constructive criticism so that the member will take it the right way?
A: It's important to write this sort of review correctly. Here is an example,
1) address by the owners name 'Hello John' 2) Always include something positive about the site first 2) give details about the negative issue 'the site sucks' doesn't help... where as 'I found it a little difficult to figure out where I was supposed to go' is much more specific 3) give a possible solution in a positive way, such as above 'It might help if the text size was downsized somewhat, and the navigation links were a little more prominent and either on the top or the right hand side' or simply a 'the site would be even better if you could address those issues' 4) A positive ending 'Looks like you're off to a good start, good luck...' Remember, for most members on here, they are amateurs at producing web content, but at same time, they view as 'their baby' so treat is as such.
|"Hello John, I thought the site had a lot of good information to offer I found the list of fishing sites useful, and the nature photos were a good touch. I found it a little difficult to figure out where I was supposed to go, It might help if the text size was downsized somewhat, and the navigation links were a little more prominent and either on the top or the right hand side. Looks like you're off to a good start, good luck..." |
Q: What should I do if I receive a review I don't like?
A: This happens to everyone, which is the first thing to remember. reasons such as, a) the review is too short b) the review is blunt and/or offensive c) the review does not match the numerical ratings d) the review has content that is not part of the review. e) you don't agree with the review. f) it's a retaliatory review. Please keep in mind we are very busy keeping the site running, and the reviews are obviously a subjective thing, so unless they are extreme in nature with regard to one of the above, we are probably not going to intervene. Your options are, a) to make the review private b) to response to the review using the response form when reviewing their site c) ask them to re-review your site (politely). People also choose to 'retaliate' via a negative responding review, but remember this does nothing to solve the issue, and it just hurts you, as it looks bad to everyone else reading the review/response. Who wants to associate/do business with someone that is involved in that? We suggest that if you receive a review you don't like, don't respond right away, take some time to think about how you might want to deal with it.
Q: What are the benefits of posting in the forums?
A: 1) It counts as part of the ranking criteria of how your site is listed in our directory. At least one forum post daily helps acheive a higher overall ranking and thus more traffic for your listing. 2) Each forum post you make is a way to communicate and interact with other members. Many will read your comments, and view your listing which is included beside each post. Make each post a good one, so that other members will take you seriously as a reputable person to do business and/or associate with and will be much more likely to be receptive to what you offer.
Q: Are all categories for credit?
A: No, 'website advertising > link exchanging' and the two 'General' forums ('miscellaneous' and 'what do you think of my site?) are not for credit, as they allow you to promote your site. 'Linkreferral > improvements, fixes & future development' is also not for credit, it is simply a suggestion box to send us comments to make the site better for you.
Q: Is there a limit to the amount of posts in the forums?
A: Generally no, although they must be good quality and unique posts.
Q: Why would I want to post more than one per day for credit?
A: Again, because of the fact that every post has your link accompanying it, more good quality posts by you will give your listing more exposure.
Q: What are the rules with regard to posting in the forums?
A: 1) with regard to starting topics - You are not allowed to spam, self-promote or ask a question with a post to your site URL except in the 'General > miscellaneous' section. Posting 'helpful' information with a link will be wiped (find a relevant topic and post it as a response, do not start a new topic). When posting to the 'General > what do you think of my site?' section, if you simply post you link and promote it, without asking a question, it will be wiped.
2) with regard to answering topics - You may post links of other sites and/or your own with some promotional text, only if it SPECIFICALLY answers the question being asked and/or specifically relates to the discussion. Over the top promotion will be wiped. A post which is cut and pasted to many topics will be wiped (we want individual, unique posts). A post which is irrelevant to the topic/discussion will be wiped. Posting a link to your site to answer a question without any other useful information in the response will be wiped.
we have final and total judgement, there is no recourse for a wiped post.
Q: What are the penalties for a bad post?
A: A bad post is wiped, and instead of credit (+1), a demotion (-1) is given for each post deemed so. If the bad posting is rampant and ongoing we may temporarily or permanently terminate your account.