10Links.net the site I reviewed a few days ago has temporarily gone under because of the vast amount of spam that was getting into their site queue. This is easily understandable considering their submission form, at the very least, didn’t provide a CAPTCHA image to ensure that human beings were the ones submitting websites.
10Links.net has vowed to keep the archive of links public while informing us that they are currently in the secondary stages of their next project. Don’t ask me what their next project is because they didn’t tell me! Whatever they are working on, I’m sure they will be using some sort of Anti-Spam measure this time around.
My first shot at using 10Links happened on Friday evening. While I was participating in a late night podcast on Talkshoe called Techbytes, I opened up a browser window and loaded up the 10Links submission page. I told others in the podcast about the opportunity to self promote their site and or blog by getting their link on the front page and as midnight continued to get closer, I began to feel a bit of excitement because I knew other people that were going to participate at the same time.
While waiting on the submission page, 10Links provides a nifty counter which tells you the amount of time left before midnight. A weird anomaly happened to me when I refreshed the page with a little less than three minutes remaining. The page reloaded and the timer shaved off 10-15 seconds. I’m not sure why it did that but it only occurred once.
I wasnt sure how the submission button would appear, so I filled out the form to make sure that all I would have to do is press enter. When I refreshed the page with 15 seconds left till midnight, the submission form entries were erased and the submit button appeared. I’m still not sure why the Submit button appeared 15 seconds before midnight but when it did, I had to quickly re-type my information into the submission form.
As it turns out, my link made it through, but because I had to retype my information into the form, I ended up making a typo or two in my link. After emailing the 10Links folks about the error to see if it could be corrected, I ended up not receiving a reply back. My advice, make sure your information is correct before you press that button.
All in all, it was a decent experience minus those possible glitches. I did receive about 20-30 hits from the front page link while getting a few more hits once the link showed up in their archives. For you bloggers that are trying to get your site out their, give this service a try. Every link counts and the best part about 10Links is that its free.
How Does It Work?
10Links.Net is powered by a simple idea. A front page with 10 links on it, one of which could be yours. Every day at 12 AM CST users submit there sites as fast as possible to 10links.net and the first 10 legitimate links that make it into their system are the ones that become displayed on their front page for 24 hours. Simple concept, but I think it will work and gain in popularity.
You may submit as many times as you like and there is no limit to the number of days in a row you could be in the top ten. In fact, 10Links.Net may give out prizes later down the road to those who can maintain a front page presence.
10Links provides a reminder service which will send you an email one hour before midnight. I would advise you to sit on the submit page with your information already filled out so that when midnight arrives, you simply click the submit button and hope for the best. Once the day of links is over with, they are moved into the Archive to forever be preserved on the internets. So asides from the initial boost in traffic, there is a chance that you can receive residual traffic from their archives. You can keep up to date as to who makes the front page by subscribing to their RSS feed.
Simple idea, with simple execution. Considering this site is brand spanking new, I am not sure how much traffic your site would receive if you did make the top 10, but considering the first two days of links have filled up, their are enough people out their submitting links which has created quite a bit of competition. I’d love to see a traffic log or graphic of 10Links.NET, especially around the midnight hour. I’ll be giving the service try myself on Friday night. Probably not the best time to give it a shot but it’s worth a try.