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Index page w/ 100 words - all clickable - penalty?

 12:51 pm on Aug 28, 2008 (gmt 0)

I am thinking to make a more cool layout on a homepage
with only the sitemap on the index.htm.

However I will only have 50-200 words - all clickable
to other html pages relevant for the word.

My suspicsion is that when I have 95% of all the
words on the index-page clickable to other pages,
could this be punished in anyway from Google?

Should I try to insert mer text the get the percentage
of clickable words to go down?

Thankful for your thoughts,



 5:49 pm on Aug 28, 2008 (gmt 0)

It sounds like a ranking problem to me. For one thing, Google recommends no more than 100 total links on a page. And if a page has nothing but links, it starts to match one type of spammer profile.

I suggest you give your visitors some content to read on the Home Page.


 7:35 pm on Aug 28, 2008 (gmt 0)

Nothing wrong with 200 links (not more!); after that you will get warnings in WMTools (not more!) - not a penalty.

"Clickable" is content too. You don't really need "sitemap"-type pages in SERPs. But (for instance) list of clickable titles of books in a specific subject is very "content-rich" for human eyes and for Google.


 8:07 pm on Aug 28, 2008 (gmt 0)

I have seen many CSS Galleries with homepages that are full of links with no significant amount of content and yet still have high PR and rank well.


 4:21 am on Aug 29, 2008 (gmt 0)

Thank you for your answers, but still different opinions.
Anyone with more pracitcal experience...
1. Would it be better if I did have unlinked content in the body
2. Or - does it not matter at all

Thank´s in advance


 4:45 am on Aug 29, 2008 (gmt 0)

And this is supposed to enrich the experience of your users in what way?


 10:25 am on Aug 29, 2008 (gmt 0)

I had the "clickable title" problem on an information page which screwed the SERPS. I fixed it by taking the links off the titles and put a button beside each instead.

I had seen other information sites with the same format which ranked well but G clearly didn't like it when I did it.

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