I have a site admin question for you. Since the inception of this site, I’ve maintained a long list of outbound links in the left-hand sidebar pointing to manufacturers, blogs, advocacy groups and the like. For some time now I’ve been contemplating ditching the links, and I recently removed the list. The reasons are many, and I won’t bore you with the details, but among other things, they’re related to the not-insignificant effort to keep the list fresh and up-to-date, and the desire to keep the search engines happy.
So, my question for all of you is whether or not you miss the links? Depending upon your feedback, possible outcomes include ditching the list permanently, creating a “Links” page that links from the header menu, or putting the list back in the sidebar but in a more concise form (perhaps 100 links, as opposed to the over 200 we had before).
Do you miss the sidebar link list?
- A "Links" page sounds good. (66%, 102 Votes)
- I want my sidebar links back! (19%, 30 Votes)
- Ditch it! (15%, 24 Votes)
Total Voters: 155
**UPDATE**: It appears we have a clear consensus, so I posted a new “Links” page and added a link to that page from the header menu at top right (it’s there now if you look). I went through and cleared out about half of the links. I looked at how often links were being clicked, as well as how frequently (or infrequently) sites were being updated, to determine whether to keep or cut a link. If there’s a site missing from the list that you feel would make the collection more useful, just drop me a note here in the comments or through our “Contact Us” form and I’ll consider adding it back. I’ll need some justification because I’m going to try and hold the list to around 150 or less.
Thanks for your input!