The home page I'm designing will have several instances where 3 separate links on this home page point to the same internal web page. Though each link would have different anchor text - this still sounds like it might be an SEO problem. Do search engines consider that spammy? Also - one of the three internal links would have anchor text of "start here" or "click me".
Can anyone give me their advice on this from an SEO perspective?
Before I answer your question, I'd like you to think about how to answer this question yourself, otherwise you will have an INFINITE number of "Do the SE's consider this spam?" questions. This forum is flooded with thousands of them.
Okay, so let me ask _you_ a question: Why *would* the SE's consider multiple links on the home page to an internal page to be spam? Really, why the heck would they care? Why would your visitors care? How is this in any way relevant to anything?
If you always design with your visitors in mind (rather than with the SE's in mind), you'd be hard-pressed to go wrong. I take it your multiple links are for the readers' benefit, right?