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Frequently Asked Questions

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Will BungeeBones help increase my web site's search engine ranking and link popularity?

Lately, Google has come out with elaborate measures to change the way linking is done so whether BungeeBones will help or not is a question we now leave to the website owners. We recently enabled site owners to add the "nofollow" tag to their own individual link in the directory but have gone even further and put code to stop the GoogleBot from indexing the pages alltogether. It seems that Google is disregarding the tags, indexing the site anyway.

If you are in a highly competitive category with little or no hope of getting to the top SERP page then I would not hesitate in recommending that you take advantage of the free or very inexpensive web traffic you can get from BungeeBones. If you have reached the top of one of those categories then I would recommend adding the tag to your own link for double protection (why chance a downgrade).

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Are there any costs involved in joining BungeeBones?
There will always be a place for free links in BungeeBones so the short answer is "there are no fees". But you may see that your link's location may change depending on demand. Links are displayed by seniority. As categories get filled (and competition for a position there heats up) the webmasters can purchase better positions for their link(s). When they do free links can get pushed to lower pages.
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What do I need to do to get started?
Signup is free. Register, verify your email, login to your account and add your link information (your website URL, title and description) that you want to display. We do require your email so we can send a small number of emails announcing general directory news.
Registration takes only a few minutes.
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What makes BungeeBones different from conventional link exchange and web directory services?
BungeeBones is different for many reasons. It generates income, for one, and acts similar to Pay Per Click programs. But instead of adding code that only produces a few links on the side of a page, our code will produce the categories and links of an entire directory page. Advertisers benefit because their link will automatically be added to many other directories with one link submission. It saves you from having to contact the site owners individually and saves you a lot of time. Since you will also be added to all future installations of the BungeeBones directory with just the one registration it is a link submission whose benefit will grow. Since we manage the links for our members we know your link will always be displayed. BungeeBones is designed to function as a WEB2.0 site which, among other things, means that the more users there are then the better it gets. When more websites enroll to earn money, links are displayed on more pages and the more traffic that is brought into the network. The more traffic that comes in then the more sales are made. The more sales are made, and the more traffic gets brought in then the more webmasters sign up.
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What platforms will BungeeBones run on?
BungeeBones is a php script that requires the popular scripting language "PHP" be installed and functioning on your hosting account if you want to install the web directory on your site. The advertised website listings can be viewed by visitors to the websites with a browser like any other web page.
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How is BungeeBones like Pay Per Click?
The BungeeBones business model (i.e. the methods of charging and collecting fees and distributing commissions to web masters) is structured very similar to that of the Pay Per Click (PPC) system. We both use competitive bidding and the open market to determine prices. We both utilize the traffic of our users in our programs. We both place "scripts" on websites to gather traffic. We both send traffic from one website to another. We both pay commissions to the webmasters that send that traffic based on a "performance-based" criteria.
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How is BungeeBones different from Pay Per Click?
The BungeeBones business model differs from that of the Pay Per Click (PPC) system, however, in quite a few major ways but is better in many ways. Even though we both use competitive bidding and the open market to determine prices, our competitive bidding is designed to be a tool and incentive for webmasters to manager their link placement. Even though we both utilize the traffic of our users in our programs and even though we both place "scripts" on websites to gather traffic the BungeeBones design places that script away from your own products (not along side them tempting your hard won web traffic away) on its own separate web page. And while we both send traffic from one website to another, our traffic is from a more casual "surfer" who has browsed the web directory after visiting a partner's site rather than typing in a search term in a search engine (it's sort of like recycling web traffic). While we both pay commissions to the webmasters that send that traffic based on a "performance-based" criteria, the criteria we each use is quite different. BungeeBones uses a "pay per action" criteria as opposed to the pay per click one. The action that triggers payment is when a fellow webmaster/website owner (who may have been enjoying "free advertising" for sometime) bids to become a paying customer. Also very important to note is that a Pay Per Click commission is just a one-time commission while the BungeeBones commission continues to be paid the entire time that user is a paying customer. And equally just as important is that we pay "over-ride" commissions when someone joins (gets a free link) from your site and starts selling themselves (by them adding the web directory to their website).
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How is BungeeBones different from other web directories?
The BungeeBones web directory is a distributed web directory. While the typical web directory is only able to refer the traffic it gets to its own site, the BungeeBones web directory (placed on an ever growing number of other websites) is able to send the traffic from all of those directories. Each new directory that is installed adds to the total amount of traffic that the directory is presented to. With the BungeeBones system you submit your link information "once and for all" and it perpetually gets added to the new directories as they are installed. To achieve the same effect with the conventional web directories you would need to perpetually submit your link to them, each, and one at a time. The most important difference, however, is that the BungeeBones web directory is installed on "real" content filled web sites and not just web sites filled with links and no content (i.e. the typical "web directory"). It is the quality of that content, the quality of the business hosting the web directory, and their own advertising promoting their site that ultimately draws the web traffic. That idea of recycling their web traffic is the main way of getting traffic to your website.
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How is BungeeBones like a free directory submission service?
A directory submission service will, for a fee, take your link's url and go through the process of adding it to some of the thousands of web directories that are out there. When BungeeBones adds your link to our directory the link is automatically added and updated on all present distributed web directories already installed PLUS it will continue to be added automatically to new websites as they, too, add the web directory to their site. BungeeBones does all that for free while the webmasters concentrate on adding content to their website.
Why Mix Free Categories With Paid Ones?
When I set out to design this "distributed" web directory system I had to make certain decisions about how it would function, who it was designed for, what I hoped it to be when it was completed etc. One of the goals I set out for it was that it be a "comprehensive" web directory. That means I set a real high goal for it to include EVERY website (or at least a lot of them). And I realized that there were always going to be those niche categories or those niche localities (or combinations of both) where the website literally has little or no competition. When building a web directory those niche listings become "web content" to us and help us to become that comprehensive resource to the end user. If we maintain a strictly paid directory there would be many of those niche websites that simply wouldn't add their link.
How soon after I register will I have incoming links pointing to my site?
Once you register and submit your link your link will usually be reviewed within a few hours. Immediately after it is approved it is live on all the subscription websites.
How do I earn income with BungeeBones?
Webmasters earn income in two ways:
First, you earn income from the sale of paid links to other webmasters. When new paid link customers come to us from your website you get generous commissions on their purchases for as long as they are a paying customer. All you need to do to start earning income is to add the BungeeBones directory to your site and receive 50% commissions on all paid link sales it generates.

You also get to offer free links but we honor the fact that they joined us through your installation. If and/or when they convert to paid links, you still get a commission regardless of when or how long it took for them to convert to a paid link.

The second way you earn income is through recruiting webmasters to install the Distributed Link Exchange/Web Directory on their website. We will pay you an over-ride commission when any one of the sites that registered under your site adds the directory to their own site and starts selling paid ads. They don't even have to be a paid link themselves to earn you money!
How are multi-level commissions calculated?
Please refer to the thorough details here
Is this a pyramid?
A key ingredient of pyramids (which are different from multi-level and illegal) is the emphasis they put on recruiting people and extracting payment from them for joining. If all the company does is recruit people for their membership fee and never sells product it is a pyramid and illegal.

BungeeBones is the complete opposite. No one, absolutely no one, earns any income solely by recruiting someone. The recruit will only earn you a commission if/when that recruit makes a sale of a paid link. The script for doing that is absolutely free and there is no fee to join. It is as far from a pyramid as one can get.

Do I need any programming knowledge for this?
The distributed web directory comes in various versions that let it be installed in standard and custom coded php websites,. It also comes as a WordPress plugin, a Joomla plugin, and even a FaceBook app. Some require no coding experience at all while others will need basic html skills. To add the directory click the "Add A Widget link in your BungeeBones control panel and all instructions for the various versions will be available.
Are there any technical restrictions?
The links will operate on any website that has the very common language "PHP" installed in its server. You can use our system on windows and unix/linux servers.
Is this illegal or spamming?
No, our directory consists of carefully reviewed, human reviewed links. Historically and presently search engines welcome human review to ensure quality content on websites. We take great care in making sure that the links are relevant to the categories. Our directory is very search engine friendly and so the search engines will spider all the links.
Is this a FFA or Link Farm?
No, all the links in the web directory are organized into categories and the web directory is mainly designed to be viewed by human visitors. Quality web directories help search engines verify their own ranking algorithms. Link farms, on the other hand, are designed only for search engine robots.
BungeeBones reviews every link submission. Quality is our top priority. We also do a lot to organize the links properly so that users can find them. We are all about traffic, not spoofing search engines.
But BungeeBones is also extremely search engine friendly. In fact we designed BungeeBones specifically so that search engines can go through the directories and find the website links in order to index them. The search engines know the websites on BungeeBones are of high quality.
With our system you can add your existing header and footer HTML to the link exchange directory to match the layout with your existing website theme, making the link exchange directory a legitimate and natural part of your website.
A link farm is a web page that is nothing more than a page of links to other sites.
Are these directories considered "duplicate content"?
No. Even though we at BungeeBones.com consider your link as "our content" the search engines view links as links and not "content" (they use the links as references to send their "spiders" to them). Our directory is installed on legitimate, content filled (real content) web sites and is just a small part of a website. They are designed to enhance the website visitor's experience.
How soon will I see traffic increases?
Once your link is approved and live in our network it will be displayed on all distributed directories. You may get immediate traffic results from that. Search engines will pick up your site's link the next time they spider the subscription website. Since we're adding new sites regularly to our network all of those benefits will continue to grow and increase with time. The only limitation is that each installed web directory webmaster has the option to decide whether to display free links or not and, if so, for how long.
How much web traffic will I get?
We provide a traffic report for each category that tells how many requests were made for that particular category. It doesn't tell the exact amount of traffic your site will get but it is an excellent gauge. For each request listed in the traffic report a page with twenty links was presented to a viewer. They could have, potentially, looked at all twenty links but the report will only show it as one query. In the other extreme, the viewer could have just used the navigation through the category to get to a lower one and never looked at even one link listing.
How can I see where I'm at on the search engines now?
Go to http://www.googlerankings.com and enter your keyword phrase and your website. It is recommended that you do this before registering on our network and then 30-90 days after to see how many positions you have improved. Try it and you will be surprised!
I have many of websites - Can I manage them all with one account?
Yes, your BungeeBones account is enabled for use with multiple websites. You can manage multiple link campaigns from your account. There is no limit to the amount of sites you can manage. Each site has the full range of link options (free or paid).
Are there any types of web sites you do not allow?
Yes, we do not allow web sites containing pornography, racist information, warez downloads or illegal content. We do not allow FFA or Link Farm sites. Additionally, we do not allow sites that have been banned/blacklisted by search engines. For a full list of sites that are not allowed, view our terms.
Can I customize my directory?
Each subscription directory can add their own custom metatag tag info, such as the page's title and description, at registration which our software uses to construct unique and custom meta information. In addition, we insert the appropriate directory category name into the meta information to help search engines categorize the links. Yes, each link display page of our directory, on each website, has unique title and descriptions and is unique for each category displayed. Literally, millions of unique displays pages.
Also, every webmaster that installs the BungeeBones link directory has complete control of whether to display free links or not and, if they do then they can also select how long they will be displayed for. They can choose to display free links for from one to 6 months, for an entire year, indefinitely, or not at all. This, together with the custom meta tag info and your own website header and footer graphics  insures that each directory, including the data in it, is in fact thoroughly different from any other directory on the Internet.
Can I customize my website listing in the directory?
You write your own website's title and description for the listing when you register. You can also log in to your user control panel at any time and edit them along with the ability to change categories and/or convert to a paid link.
If I modify my website's description, how much time does it take for all the member's to update my listing?
This is where the power of our automated link exchange system comes into play. Your link is immediately updated on every member's website instantly!
How many backlinks to my website do I get?
Since every webmaster that installs the BungeeBones link directory has complete control of whether to display free links or not and, if so, for how long, it is very difficult to say how many a free link will receive now or in the future. Paid links always receive the maximum number of back links. If your hosting company has statistics on your site check for an "incoming links" feature. Google's web analytics features also will report links connected to yours.

 

How are fees and payments made?
To make any purchase of a paid link position you must pre-load your BungeeBones account with Bitcoin. There is no minimum amount required to fund your account but all deposits go immediately to a secure offline wallet for security reasons. After funding, you purchase the paid position by selecting the purchase button to the left of your link listing in your user control panel (the login landing page). Purchases cancelled within an hour will be refunded their purchase amount. After that time they will be charged for the entire a day. Each day your BungeeBones account will be charged automatically for the day. If you cancel your BungeeBones account your Bitcoin will be returned minus any daily advertising payments made.

 

How are paid link positions purchased?
Once you have funds in your BungeeBones account you can purchase paid positions by selecting either the check box or one of the radio buttons to the left of your link listing in your BungeeBones User Control Panel (the login landing page). Poorly populated categories may not have any paying links in the category yet so those categories display a checkbox. After purchases are made in a category then there will be multiple prices to choose from via radio buttons. Selecting the far left radio will get you the top spot. You can also bid the same as any previous bids. in which case your link will appear below the previous purchaser(s) of that price. Anyone, at any time, can select the top priceslot and become the top listed link. To cancel your paid position select the same radio button that you had purchased and your account will be rebated the fee to the first of the month.
Where does my paid link get displayed?
The overall system displays a results page showing a maximum of 20 links per results page. When there are more than 20 links in the category the BungeeBones script automatically paginates the results (i.e. it creates multiple pages of a maximum of 20 links each).

The BungeeBones advertiser buys positions in "PRICE SLOTS" which are then grouped to achieve the 20 link display page. They do NOT purchased guaranteed positions on a page since higher bids can come in at any time. The script orders the links starting with the highest paying "price slot" and, if there is still room on the page then it will grab the links in the next lowest price slot. When the last price slot selected pushes the number of links over 20 then the excess are pushed to the next page.

There can be multiple links that have purchased positions in the same price slot. As the script selects price slots to build the display page it arranges links first, by price slot and then according to the date/time they were purchased with the oldest one being displayed first.


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