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What's with the AltaVista link count?



7:30 am on Jul 8, 2000 (gmt 0)

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Just took a close look through the AltaVista links for a client. Not complaining, but just bewildered.

I found several link pages listed more than once. Same exact url, but different "last modified:" dates. Like Jan 12 and Jan 20 and Jan 28. They didn't drop the dups in half a year?

Makes me wonder if changing and submitting linked pages on a regular basis can get the AV link count up. Of course, doing that intentionally would be trickery, and not really about site content at all.

But it could easily happen by accident. Not my fault if they don't drop their dups.


1:46 pm on Jul 8, 2000 (gmt 0)

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Looking closely at AV does show its warts, alright. Over the past few months I have noticed "last submitted" date pages as much as four years old ranking well.

About the point of regularly submitting your link pages: there are at least two schools of thought. Should you be regularly submitting pages which link to you but are not your own? Some say yes, some no. I think you have make a judgment call based on how active you perceive your link-partner to be. If their entire site is "fresh" then they're taking care of business on their own and you should stay away. But if they haven't submitted or been spidered in say 6 months, why not submit their link page? You are not putting them at any risk of banishment under that circumstance.

Personally, I look forward to the day when another measure of security is introduced to the web as a whole, that is, no one but the site owner can submit its own pages. When you think of how unsecure the submittal process is, it's really quite astounding how vulnerable everyone is.


4:51 am on Jul 9, 2000 (gmt 0)

WebmasterWorld Senior Member tedster is a WebmasterWorld Top Contributor of All Time 10+ Year Member

Good points. In many areas those seemingly trust-filled days of the early web are gone now. The big green has put blood in the water.

The dups I noticed on AV are both from and to sites I maintain, so that makes life easier. It just amazes me that they don't filter out the old listing when they add a new listing for the same URL. Seems like a no-brainer!

Yes, deciding whether to submit someone else's page is artful .. and when in doubt, I ask.


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