link farm

a.k.a. FFA (free-for-all) pages, banner farms

Slang for a Web page that has no meaningful content of its own, but instead is a long list of links or a long vertical display of ad banners.

Originally, the process of exchanging reciprocal links with sites was designed increase search engine optimization (SEO) because the idea was to increase the number of sites that link to yours. In the early days, the more Web sites that linked to yours would enable your site to appear first, or higher, in organic search results. In the past, this number of links defined the level of popularity of your site among users of the Internet. However, with the advance of technology, now algorithms have been written to place more value on the quality of the content on Web pages that link to your site, not the quantity. Search engines such as Google now consider link farming as a form of spam and have implemented anti-SEO tactics.

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NetLingo Classification: Online Jargon

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