Msg#: 3765582 posted 6:54 pm on Oct 14, 2008 (gmt 0)
These are some of the questions you should be asking instead: A) Is the site/page relevant to yours? B) Is the site spammy looking or consist mainly of links? C) Is it a resource you would feel comfortable directing your users to?
[edited by: LifeinAsia at 6:55 pm (utc) on Oct. 14, 2008]
Msg#: 3765582 posted 7:29 pm on Oct 14, 2008 (gmt 0)
northweb, all three of your criteria are flawed because they rely on the Google Toolbar. It's a profound shortcoming to rely on their toolbar because imo it has been engineered to influence your efforts in a less than optimal way. With it they can and do influence you. All three of your criteria are dependent on Google like a crackhead depends on their dealer. :o
Never depend on the toolbar for SEO decisions. Never.
LiA has good suggestions to which I add:
How many backlinks does the site have?
How many of those backlinks appear natural?
Do a significant amount of backlinks belong to the site owner?
How old is the website?
How popular is the site?
How prestigious is the site?
All of the above are examples of quality signals. The more positive the responses the more likely you are obtaining a quality link.