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Cross Linking With On Topic Sites
A word of warning relating to Google
bobby_boy




msg:77559
 8:08 pm on May 17, 2004 (gmt 0)

I have a network of sites (20) and so does a competitor (80). A few months back we exchanged links amongst all our sites thinking it would benefit us both. Since then a couple of scary things have happened:

1) It would appear that all of our sites have been 'blocked' from passing on PR (all of our sites used to show in the backlinks and now they do not)

2) Our sites are now replacing each other in the SERPS. This is bad for me as the competitors sites are replacing mine (I'm assuming this is because he has more backlinks than me)

I have now totally delinked all my sites from each other and from the competitor in the hope that this will stop both of the above.

Has anyone seen anything like this happen before? Any advice on what I should do next - wait and see, send a mail to google?

Any advice greatfully received.

 

Sathish




msg:77560
 8:33 pm on May 17, 2004 (gmt 0)

IMO, If you stay on-topic this situation should favour you and your partner.

It would appear that all of our sites have been 'blocked' from passing on PR (all of our sites used to show in the backlinks and now they do not)

Check the pr of all the links page whether if its less than 4. And if its above PR4 check the backlinks of anyother site other than this partners sites to find your site. If yes - noworries.

Our sites are now replacing each other in the SERPS. This is bad for me as the competitors sites are replacing mine (I'm assuming this is because he has more backlinks than me)

By this statement its clear that the situation has favoured your partner. Try gettin more links and beat your partner and concentrate more towards theme related links.

Finally - As far as possible, stay away from bulk exchanges.

martinibuster




msg:77561
 8:49 pm on May 17, 2004 (gmt 0)

Cross linking penalties seem to be hitting a lot of people laely. Incidentally, this may be applicable for all search engines- not just Google.

I hadn't seen cross linking penalties for awhile, but they seem to be on an upswing lately. It's on many webmaster's minds right now.

[edited by: martinibuster at 8:50 pm (utc) on May 17, 2004]

bobby_boy




msg:77562
 8:49 pm on May 17, 2004 (gmt 0)

Regardless of site, my links do not show up when you view backlinks (link pages PR4, 5 and even 6), unfortunately.

Do you think this link exchange has, in googles eyes at least, made us one network forever, regardless of what I do from now on (i.e. remove all traces of any link swap)? The fact that my sites are being substituted constantly now is the thing that is worrying me most.

Sathish




msg:77563
 9:20 pm on May 17, 2004 (gmt 0)

Regardless of site, my links do not show up when you view backlinks (link pages PR4, 5 and even 6), unfortunately.

:( very sad about that.

Do you think this link exchange has, in googles eyes at least, made us one network forever, regardless of what I do from now on (i.e. remove all traces of any link swap)? The fact that my sites are being substituted constantly now is the thing that is worrying me most.

dont just stop by removing all traces of any link swap with that particular partner which you've mentioned here. dont present yourself as a network to google and promote (link dev) each site individually. as 'martinibuster' said cross-linking will hurt you at one stage.

cabbie




msg:77564
 9:35 pm on May 17, 2004 (gmt 0)

I think this could be the network filter that I think google has imposed that allows only one site from a network to show for a niche.
By interlinking heavily between each other google suspects that the sites are owned by the same person.By rights taking the links down should mean you come back but to be sure get some nice links from external sites that are not linking to your competitor.

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