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Max links/page for Google?
Is there a sanity threshold?
Mr_Roberto




msg:109895
 2:41 am on Sep 4, 2004 (gmt 0)

If a page has 400 or 500 links on it, does Google still value the links and/or page as far as passing pagerank? Ie. do things just scale linearly (PR divided by number of links) when you go from 50 links to 500, or is there a threshold where Google might say "this is insane, no human being will actually read through that many links, lets devalue them"?

Specifically, I'm referring to Yahoo directory categories which have high pagerank, but also tons of links. Wondering if it is worthwhile to invest for the pagerank boost (its obviously not worth it for the miniscule number of human visitors who might actually find my link buried in there).

 

DerekH




msg:109896
 7:32 am on Sep 4, 2004 (gmt 0)

What Googleguy said was that he suggested you didn't have more than one hundred links on a page.

From the point of view of the human reader, it may be, as you say, too many, though my site index has 120 links arranged by initial letter and it fits on one screen.

From the point of view of passing on page rank to the linked pages, well, the amount you pass on is, like a cake, cut into smaller and smaller pieces till it becomes a few crumbs.

Googleguy talked about making several index pages in such cases, so it implies to me that Google has indeed set some sort of threshold that it's not worth trying to guess about. For your own pages, then, I suggest you heed his words. For a Yahoo directory, well, at least you're on the same level playing field as everyone else on that page, in which case surmising about what Google does with such a page isn't really going to make much difference.

More links from more places - that's the way to go.
DerekH

tigger




msg:109897
 7:35 am on Sep 4, 2004 (gmt 0)

when I build a links page now I make a small directory then the links can be split around the pages keeping the number down so it's easy to managed and everyone gets a better deal

onfire




msg:109898
 8:56 am on Sep 4, 2004 (gmt 0)

when I build a links page now I make a small directory then the links can be split around the pages keeping the number down so it's easy to managed and everyone gets a better deal

Exactly, who wants to see hundreds of meaningless links, and its always been banded around that anything over 100 links on a page is to much.

Keep it tidy and useful...!

as soon as I see any page just crammed with links like these so call directory's I close it they don't get a 2nd chance.

Small Website Guy




msg:109899
 4:01 pm on Sep 4, 2004 (gmt 0)

I've seen pages with huge numbers of links show up as backlinks, so obviously Google sees them and gives credit for them.

The exact formula, however, is anyone's guess. How do four links from PR6 pages with 400 links each compare to one link from a PR6 page with 100 links? I have no idea.

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