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Does Google treat links.html pages differently?
I see conflicting answers

10+ Year Member

Msg#: 24337 posted 11:42 pm on Jun 9, 2004 (gmt 0)

Hi All

Does Google see links.htm, links.html, links.php etc any differently to links pages named say my-friends.html?

Prevous threads have conflicting answers:

What's the current consensus?

Should I refuse link exchanges with link.htm pages?

Thanks in advance



10+ Year Member

Msg#: 24337 posted 6:43 am on Jun 10, 2004 (gmt 0)

I'm not sure, but I had a links.asp page that used to show up on Backlinks, but then it stopped showing up. So, as a test I changed it to resourses.asp and in the next update the links were back.

Not a very scientific test, but it seemed to make a difference in my case.


10+ Year Member

Msg#: 24337 posted 7:50 am on Jun 10, 2004 (gmt 0)

>>> Should I refuse link exchanges with link.htm pages?


It depends upon your purpose for link exchange. If it is for gaining link popularity, especiall PR, then the answer could be both YES and NO.

Since it is a widespread phenomenon that links.**** does not show up as backlink, it sounds very negative. It is not certain whether links.**** is ignored totally or partially. Many people are also not sure whether there is any PR being passed. On the other hand, Google may "pretend" to ignore it, by not showing it as backlinks.

Personally I don't believe that G ignores links.xxx totally, but PR being passed is heavily discounted. For example, a PR5 link with other file name such as resources may pass PR3 to a destined page whereas PR5 links.xxx may pass only PR1 when all else equal (The PR value is just for illustration).

Then back to your question...If I were in your shoes, the answer is NO, if the links.xxx has little PR. The answer is YES, if the links.xxx has great PR at least PR5 or more with limited no. of links. This is based upon an assumption that we don't know for sure which side would turn out to be the winner, so exchange with only high PR links.xxx should be a safe move.


10+ Year Member

Msg#: 24337 posted 1:30 pm on Jun 10, 2004 (gmt 0)

Well kenton 85% of the people indulging in link exchange are using link.html or simmilarly named pages. Many of them can be termed as reputated sites. Would you deny link exchange with them all.
Forget this aspect. You'll however need to check up for many other issues according to the recent algo changes before you induldge into link exchange.


10+ Year Member

Msg#: 24337 posted 11:12 pm on Jun 10, 2004 (gmt 0)

Thanks all

December '03 we had PR6 then PR5 now PR4 ;(

Google's number of backlinks for the site dropped dramatically over this time. I am assuming it was all the links.**** pages (I should have kept a better record)

Over the last month, I've gotten a few really good backlinks on links.**** pages (on topic, PR6 & less than 10 links on the page) but I still can't get my PR back up.

Conversly, the site has consistently appeared higher and higher in the SERPS and we're getting more and more hits from google searches, so I don't really have too much to complain about.

I've changed the "rules" on my site so that we don't accept reciprocal links from pages called links.**** as we don't have links.**** pages and fair is fair.

I hope I'm not being too harsh.


10+ Year Member

Msg#: 24337 posted 12:01 am on Jun 11, 2004 (gmt 0)

Is it possible that some websites could be deliberately withholding PR from their links pages somehow? I've noticed a number of links pages that have no PR at all, although the main site does. They are all commercial sites.

It's really rather odd. I don't know what exactly these people are trying to accomplish by putting links to my at-best-tangentially-related educational site on a 0-PR links page. Trying to look like a hub without 'losing' PR from the site, maybe? Or maybe these were real link pages at some point, but because of their indiscriminate linking to irrelevant authority sites Google's algorithm has punished them? *scratching my head*


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Msg#: 24337 posted 12:25 am on Jun 11, 2004 (gmt 0)

I would suggest different filenames. Soon resources might be banned as well.

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