I just wanted to be sure that Google will recognize a link from a page - www.greatsite.com/xxxxx.asp - or will it not count? The link I just got is precisely on theme. I think its OK, but just wanted to be sure.
Sorry Torben but I disagree. In my experience it is ok regardless of whether there are any paremeters in the url or not as long as the page is indexed. If you can find the linking page in Google, or any other required search engine, then a link out from it will count towards popularity.
The issue with question marks (?) is a non-issue in your case, Go60Guy. The only thing that count to you is if the referring page is indexed or not - just as Woz, said.
The "question mark issue" is often simplified and misunderstood. Search engine have no problems what so ever with?-marks in itself. Search engines use the?-mark as a way to detect dynamically delivered content. For a number of reasons it is much more difficult to crawl dynamic content on the web, so most spiders go very easy once they detect a?-mark - a dynamic page.
Google is the search engine today that "dare the most" when it comes to dynamic pages (but consequently also the engine that have most "dynamic clutter" in the index because of this).
Many search engines will spider a page with just one parameter: page.asp?parameter_1=354 but as you add more and more parameters less engines will dare to crawl the pages and eventually even Google give up.
Hope this explain the?-mark issue a little better, :)
As woz said. I have a site that has parameters in the URL and I remember being told that the depth/complexity that google would go was related to PR, which seemed good appraisal of the situation. That said too many parameters dont really do you any fanours, just one works well for me.