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    What do you guys think about webrings.
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    I think they're a great way to get traffic, especially if you host the ring yourself. Otherwise they might or might not give you traffic depending on how popular the ring is. They are best suited for niche sites on a specific topic. Don't join more than one or two. Don't put the ring code on your homepage. Put it on a separate page, unless you are doing it on a personal page. Then again maybe I just like webrings because I sell webring software so don't take my word for it.

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    I was in a ring before ( through Webring ) - however when looking at their ring stats pages I found myself to be amongst the top to give traffic to the ring - at the same time at the bottom of receiving traffic This went on for weeks...

    I emailed Webring and the ring owner to ask for an explaination - no response of course. So I just removed the code from my pages.

    What I would like to know is:
    how is a ring supposed to work? Is it supposed to be 'fair' and distribute traffic according to how much traffic sites bring to the ring ( i.e clicks )?

    Or is a ring just that, a ring? If so your success totally depends on which site is before you in the ring - if it is a popular one then you get a lot of traffic?

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    What I would like to know is:
    how is a ring supposed to work? Is it supposed to be 'fair' and distribute traffic according to how much traffic sites bring to the ring ( i.e clicks )?

    Or is a ring just that, a ring? If so your success totally depends on which site is before you in the ring - if it is a popular one then you get a lot of traffic?
    It's my understanding that a webring is just that, a ring. Webring's were setup to link sites with the same niche to one another (saving you the time of contacting all those sites individually to trade links). Nothing more nothing less. I guess I would agree that if the site before you gets a load of traffic then you would benefit more than if the site was on the low traffic side.

    Although I have clicked on the "next" link on a webring I prefer to "list all" and see an entire list of all the sites involved I can then choose which site I visit.
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    Thanks, I am looking into making webring software, and now ill probably put traffic monitoring into it.
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    Bob said it well - you're just one site in the ring most of the time...and people may very well move onto the next site. Unless you can host an active webring, It might not be a good idea...not to mention a big box at the bottom of your page is a bit un-attractive.

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    When i used to have a small site, i found that a webring got me about +5 hits a day,
    but on larger web sites, i recommend that you dont use rings - you'll give to many hits away.

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    I used to use 'em, but their kinda... well... Geocities

    yknow?

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    ye, its hard to get one for big sites going.
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    They can be a good thing. Great way for a quality group of similiar content sites to circulate traffic between themself.

    I recommend researching the ring. Does it have alot of dead links and look like it wasnt updated in 2 years. And once you find one that looks decent. Give it a try and if it dosent send traffic, get rid of it.
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    This is question, probably for most webmasters here, would you be interested in having your site in a webring?
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    Originally posted by necrominator
    This is question, probably for most webmasters here, would you be interested in having your site in a webring?
    I wouldn't. They're unprofessional and don't get any traffic to my site.

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    I agree with mjames86. The little traffic they would bring in wouldn't be quality traffic either.

    I think that webrings are something that many newbies go through but eventually grow out of, like banner exchanges.

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    I personally don't like webring, they just for personal sites or site with specific interests. It's like sharing traffic with your competitors!

    And if your site sucks, the visitors will move on immediately!
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