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Links and Fast
How important are links in the Fast Algo

 9:55 am on Jan 3, 2003 (gmt 0)

How important are links in the Fast Algo? Would it make a big difference to go from 5-6 links to maybe 100?




 7:01 am on Jan 6, 2003 (gmt 0)

Links are probably the most important factor in every Search engine algo.

IMO, the main differences between search engines lies in weighting factors on anchor text (internal/exteranal), title and heading proximity/density, surrounding text and the refinement of weeding out spam.


 7:21 am on Jan 6, 2003 (gmt 0)

Interesting but somewhat speculative question.
I think it's mostly a question of having the right links.
Only when it's coming to the very huge sites, or sites which just have thousands and thousands of quality backlinks I see a clear advantage - those mostly sit in their #1 slots forever.

But a site with say a dmoz listing, a Yahoo listing and some other baclklinks is in my experience absolutely competitive compared to a site with hundreds of backlinks from all over the web.


 3:55 pm on Jan 6, 2003 (gmt 0)

Imo FAST has not (so far) put a lot of weight on incoming links. Sure they make a factor but nothing compared to google.

Heini says it; the little guys with a low number of quality links and good optimisation can do just as well as the big guys. On page stuff is important. That's probably why there's a lot of questions like "I'm ranking #1 in Google, but nowhere to be found in FAST".

Well maybe the few high PR guestbook links isen't working for you in FAST ;)

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