Let this post serve as a warning to bloggers in the infancy stages of a website launch.

Webmasters and bloggers frequently submit their sites to blog directories and rss feed aggregators to improve web traffic and rankings while still in their infancy. In exchange for listings in directories such as Blog Catalog, Bloggers, and Bloggapedia, site owners are often asked to provide a site-wide reciprocal link to the respective directory.

I recently submitted a blog to the authoritative, page rank 6, directory Bloggapedia, and in turn, added the copy-and-paste link code provided to a widget on my blog. Needless to say, I was a bit dismayed when I clicked on the icon this morning, and was redirected to a parking page. I recognized the landing page as from TrafficZ, as I have worked with them in the past. After more searching and clicking around, I found the actual, intact version of Bloggapedia.

Oddly, the site and icon now seem to be working fine. The directory appears to be engaging in the type of sneaky redirect behavior that webmasters should avoid at all costs. While it doesn’t seem that any damage has been done to my rankings, I am not willing to mess around with this type of thing, and removed the link. You might want to consider doing the same.