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Managing an ever-increasing amount of information is difficult, as we all well know. My question is this; regarding SE rankings, would it be beneficial to only place links (on information pages) which lead to similar/closely-related information pages? E.g. my “online training” info page would have links to my “benefits of training” and “training services” info pages only, plus the obligatory “homepage” and “site map” links at the very end. Or would it be better to mix up the links, and give the spiders broader access to quite different topics from any one page?
My initial research shows that the first method may prove to be the most lucrative, but upon digging deeper I'm now bothered by possibility of being flagged as a spammer. Just as a side line, the pages are not identical in content with just the keyphrases changed - they have been specifically and individually written to make the wealth of information as diverse as possible. And with a “site map” link available at the end of every page, the spiders will get access to all the pages eventually if they so choose.
So, to sum up the question again; should the spiders be fed similar dishes one after another before finding the next course by themselves, or would giving them a free run of the menu right from the off be a better plan???
The option of only having relevant links is the way to go, and the way to build strong links that will strenghten your website as a result
E.g. all my pages related to online training would go into www.MySite.com/online-training/ for better relevancy and ranking(?)
YES.....you are on the right track. This all helps to stay on a nicely themed base