Robert_Charlton - 1:34 am on Oct 4, 2011 (gmt 0)
Is it possible that Panda does not like sites which link out to many other sites as an editorial service to the user?
honestman - FYI, just the opposite was being assumed on another thread at the end of August...
From around the web
I noticed that some large websites have begun linking to other sites in a "from around the web" section of each page.... Has this become an optimization technique webmasters should embrace? Are search engines rewarding sites who interlink to other sites?
For the most part, I fall on the side of thinking that well-chosen outbound links are more likely to help than hurt.
You also mention that some of the links are organically reciprocal, and then go on to say that you do a lot of internal cross-linking. I'm just wondering whether you might have gone overboard on your linking in general, particularly on the cross-linking.
There's no way to generalize about what a good quantity is, except perhaps to remind you that you probably can't do anything like the amount of outbound linking or contextual linking that, say, Wikipedia does. Also, there are places where one-way navigation linking makes a lot more sense than cross-linking.