Msg#: 3296721 posted 8:17 pm on Mar 29, 2007 (gmt 0)
Suppose you have two sites, www.mysite.com and www.outgoinglinksite.com and that you put an outgoing link on www.outgoinglinksite.com pointing to www.mysite.com
If it is a a direct link, i.e. <a href="www.mysite.com">my keywords</a> then www.mysite.com will definitely realise a benefit in terms of gaining an inbound link.
Suppose, however, that the link was now monitored on www.outgoinglinksite.com and a visitor was then redirected to www.mysite.com, e.g. <a href="www.outgoinglinksite.com?url=www.mysite.com">my keywords</a>.
Does Google consider the second case to be a proper inbound link - will it add to your link popularity / PR?
I understand it isn't technically a proper link but, to any unassuming visitor, it is exactly the same in both cases. In google's model the idea of PR is loosely based on the probability of a visitor randomly landing up on your site. With this in mind, what should it matter whether the originating site tracks the link or not.
The link in question is also on another site which is set up to link to mine so I do not have control over its setup.