TheMadScientist - 12:11 am on Jan 10, 2013 (gmt 0)
So are you saying that having 3 links, which do not pass link juice, yet deduct outgoing link juice for the page because they are all to the same location, which according to most theories is the case, is GOOD practice?
Please, show me where the info is from the person who has access to the actual PageRank algo to show this is the case ... Not some 'foolbar' info that's 3 months out of date and a rough estimate of some point in time in the past, but the actual real, revised edition of the PageRank calculation actually used.
The theory goes something like if there are 10 links and 4 are the same 10% link juice goes to each of the seven links and 30% is lost.
That's 'essentially' the case if you have 'nofollowed' links on the page, which has been stated by that Cutts guy, who does have access to that type of info first hand, but beyond that, please cite your source who has access to that info like Cutts does so I can review it.
The second theory says that linking to the same location with two different anchor texts from the same page is even worse at confusing/prejudicing G as to the quality (link juice) of that link, whether you are trying to rank for the keyword or not.
Please, again, cite a source who has some type of proof of this, rather than just a theory ... I can prove right here, on this site, Google doesn't seem to be overly confused, so, can you actually prove otherwise?
It's been tested multiple times by members here and other places and generally only the 1st link text on a page 'counts' for the target destination, so 'stuffing' other links full of keywords at best doesn't count and could actually appear spammy (not because of the text counting, but, rather due to their spam detection methods) ... Check the Phrased Based Patent Applications for More Info & More Recently, the -950 Thread Summary by Tedster (Linked in the Hot Topics Thread) ... There are exceptions to 'only the first link text on the page counting', but the case of the word 'homepage' in the alt here is not one I've seen where it would count and then the word 'home' later would be anything other than ignored.
Or are you contradicting those theories because YOU consider them part of a header/footer, and can GUARANTEE that G sees them that way too?
You're giving me theories without a single source citation and asking me to make a guarantee? I'm not inclined to do any more of your work for you, sorry ... I'd recommend starting with the patent applications and possibly boilerplate detection if I was wanting more info on this subject.