soapystar - 11:44 am on Feb 15, 2007 (gmt 0)
perhaps its wrong to get wrapped up in tripadvisor. You can see the same thing on a large number of heavy weight brands. The main point being that inbound anchors need not have anything to do with the search term. They are just part of what gets the site a certain status. Once they status is achieved your internals are taken at face value. You can basically rank for what ever you want. If you do the same thing without that status you will be dropped altogether. The other point is whether trsusted=whitelisted. Can you achieve the same thing with white isting alone and few inbounds. Is it co-incidental white listed sites also have lots of inbounds. What gives more of a trusted status, white listing or huge numbers of inbounds. You cant see the white listings and it may be altering perceptions of what is happening.