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Internal linking for PageRank - Could be a daft question...
dwhite

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Msg#: 4189988 posted 7:55 pm on Aug 20, 2010 (gmt 0)

I know that Google thinks it's bad to receive payment for linking to an external website for pagerank, but has anyone had any bad experiences by linking internally for pagerank purposes?

The link would be more of an 'advertisement' as the subjects aren't related, so would that be okay?

 

tedster

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Msg#: 4189988 posted 3:32 am on Aug 21, 2010 (gmt 0)

Not me, but a friend. Burned big when Google thinks (or knows) you're selling the target internal page to someone else.

But if it's your own content anyway, it sounds like the kind of PageRank scuplting that Matt Cutts recommends. lots of sites publish diverse content.

dwhite

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Msg#: 4189988 posted 12:01 am on Aug 24, 2010 (gmt 0)

Yeah, I'm the only owner of the site, and it's all my own content. So I can't see any harm...

maximus12

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Msg#: 4189988 posted 2:57 pm on Aug 24, 2010 (gmt 0)

Tedster, what do you mean by this? If you place a link or banner on a section of your site (blog, news, article etc) linking to another section that offers a product or service from a third party, would that be considered PageRank scuplting, or are there any risks here?

tedster

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Msg#: 4189988 posted 5:11 pm on Aug 24, 2010 (gmt 0)

Here's how I see it. Done with a very light touch, the biggest risk would be that the links and the pages they link to are devalued. But done as a business model, it could be nailed with a link selling penalty that even wipes out other sites you work with.

maximus12

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Msg#: 4189988 posted 6:20 pm on Aug 24, 2010 (gmt 0)

Link selling penalty? What if the page that has the links applies no=follow?

tedster

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Msg#: 4189988 posted 6:38 pm on Aug 24, 2010 (gmt 0)

Then you're safe - but no PR flows, either.

dwhite

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Msg#: 4189988 posted 8:29 pm on Aug 24, 2010 (gmt 0)

Tedster, just to clarify, and if you don't mind me asking, did your friend in that case receive money for that internal link? Or was it just 'pagerank sculpting' - i.e. a pagerank passing internal link where he owned the content of both pages?

tedster

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Msg#: 4189988 posted 8:53 pm on Aug 24, 2010 (gmt 0)

He was receiving money for the whole page, not just the link. It was published on a site he owned but he was "renting" the page and then linking to the page from the rest of his website.

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Msg#: 4189988 posted 9:49 pm on Aug 24, 2010 (gmt 0)

...he was "renting" the page and then linking to the page from the rest of his website.

Could it be he overdid the linking?

tedster

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Msg#: 4189988 posted 9:59 pm on Aug 24, 2010 (gmt 0)

Could be, Robert. He really doesn't know, but he suspects he was actually reported and caught manually, not by any algo.

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