tupots - 5:43 pm on May 31, 2006 (gmt 0)
Referring to the hotel and related sercives example,
Is it so bad that Google wants links that are specifically about hotels and not other (albeit related) services? I mean if someone is searching for hotel reservations, chances are that they may see all the related services as annoying cross-marketing and not contributing to their search for reservations. Isn't a major use of the internet to find very specific information?
I realize that cross-marketing has its place in the economy and that, at times, it is convenient for the consumer, but it brings up the (unoriginal) debate of whether Google & SE's value hubs over narrowly targeted sites. I guess the ideal site is one that is a hub of activity but also where highly specific and useful information is just a few clicks away.
OK so maybe your hotel site that links to related services is very useful to users and Google recognizes this, but G recognizes it as a useful travel site, not as a hotel reservation site. What are you trying to be?