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My main links page is link.htm and it still has a pr of 4/10. The links1.htm etc (sub pages) were pr3, now they are 0/10.
All links are good quality and inline with website.
Only thing I can see that might be a problem is the name of the .htm files (sub pages such as links1.htm) so im not saying its bad but it might be a bit pointless.
I'll change the names and see what happens ;)
search for this : allinurl:link.htm or links.htm and check out all the pages listed in the serps. If all the link pages show zero page rank, it justifies the pointlessness of the link.htm and links.htm pages.
For that matter: what is the difference between a links page belonging to an authority site and one belonging to a directory like the ODP? After all, the author of an authority site may be even more into his subject than the Meta editor editing in one of the sub categories of a directory?
Last not least: If you put up visible links to irrelevant sites, human visitors will quickly get annoyed.
When I come to a site and find lots of banner exchanges, links to a huge variety of unrelated subjects and the like, I'll quickly leave - and I suspect many others would intuitively regard this the same way.
PS: what else can one do to make ones site look unprofessional? Some things I can think of off hand: use many different fonts, various marquee effects, blinking text gifs, elaborate, obtrusive backgrounds...