I have a hunting-related webring on my site, which I use as way of getting more links, both to and from my site.
One of my members told me that reciprocal links may actually hurt a site, because Google looks at reciprocals as "fake." Is this true? If so how does any search engine distinguish between reciprocal (on purpose) and non-reciprocal (due to similar content or the webmaster feeling it IS a good site) link?
When I use the search words "hunting webring" I am normally listed #1 by Google and the other big 6.
I'm no expert, but I think I've got the proper META Tags on ALL my pages, and I know I've got great content. I also rank high is several other search terms I've used. Can anyone tell me what I am doing right for rankings, but why I don't get many hits?
I do put out several Press Releases, I do write articles for about 40+ other sites, who must put a link to my site on their site. I also belong to 4-5 Top Sites. I have a forum on my site, and am one of the only nationally known outdoor writers to actually answer questions on their own forum. I normally have a PR of 4 on Google (which ranks with the best "hunting sites" on Google. I have a total of about 1300 links on the top 7 search engines, and yet I don't get the hits I NEED.
Those who come to my site seem to really like it, and I've had no negative comments from surfers.
My site is wwww.TRMichels.com
Any help would be appreciated.
Thanks in advance, and may God bless you and yours,