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Are non recipricol links more valuable?
If Google [...] views a link as a 'recomendation'
Does this mean that if I've got pages of links to other related sites I'm damaging by PR?
Do you lose sth when you recommend sth? You may lose creditibility by recommending sth bad but thatīs it. Of course you might not want to recommend your own competition. But you wouldnīt do that in the real world either.
[edited by: andreasfriedrich at 4:00 pm (utc) on Sep. 17, 2002]
I'm not bothered about giving away pr...(let's not go down that road!)
I just wonder if a link in from a site not mentioned on my own is a 'true' recomendation rather than a likely 'negotiated' one.
If I was google, I would be more impressed by a one way recomendation than a possible 'link exchange' which may not be based on anything but gaining link popularity.
Personally I don't guess either way, I link to so many sites on one page that each gains only a little. Except on my homepage of course, those are linked mostly internal.
My site is a information site, so the whole point is to help people go to the correct site. When I see people hitting my website with search terms that I don't have the answer to, I usually try within reason to create relevant links so the next hit with the same search term will be guided to the right site.
I hope to become a hub but I have no idea how you check if this is achieved. There are 2-3 other sides that probably are hubs in the same area and they have linked to me.
Very few people borther to link to me without prompting and they seldom tell me anyway when they do. But usually when I ask sites within the same topic to link to me the succuess rate is very high, but I havent borthered with a mass email to 100+ sites of similar content since each site is linked to another 2-3 common sites and eventually they will reach me too.
I only ask links for relatively high PR (4-5) sites and/or sites that might have visitors from different regions. Eg recently I got a university site based in Isreal to link to me. I can go all out and send a form email to the other small minor sites, but I figure it's not worth the effort and it makes me look like I'm all out to promote my site.
Oh yes, commercial links are great if you can get them...