Backlinks before Google: Did anyone care?

by Scott Ames 2 replies
Back in the day, BG ( before Google ) did anyone care about backlinks? I think back then FFA pages were popular, I guess those could be considered links.
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  • Profile picture of the author JohnMcCabe
    Originally Posted by Scott Ames View Post

    Back in the day, BG ( before Google ) did anyone care about backlinks? I think back then FFA pages were popular, I guess those could be considered links.
    As I recall, back in the olden days we wanted links for the potential traffic. I'm guessing that a lot of us didn't really worry about 'backlinks', we just wanted people to send us their visitors when they were done with them.

    When FFA pages started, they had a 'gee whiz' quality to them. Then some bright soul automated the submission process and ruined the party. At first, links would last for days. Then hours, finally they scrolled off the page in seconds. And the owners of the pages started putting language in the TOS (if they bothered) that submitting a link was permission to email.

    The scum who ruined Usenet had new life!

    It seems like every time humans figure out a way to connect with each other, these demon spawn figure out how to shit in the punch bowl.

    News groups.
    Mailing lists.
    FFA pages.
    Blog comments.
    Forums.
    Instant messaging.

    And email.

    Article spinners and automated submission programs are killing article directories.

    Jeez, I feel like I should be watching a litterbug with a tear running down my cheek...
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  • Profile picture of the author bobsstuff
    Before Google, it was easy to get a number 1 position in search engines with simple SEO tactics. Good Meta-tags, good content optimization.

    I still think backlinks are way overrated and most of not natural. How many times do people say, "OH, I love that site, I think I'll put a link on my site to theirs"? I think it is simple another SEO technique that has nothing to do with site popularity.
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