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Business.com backlinks vanished in Google

Anyone seeing this too?

     
9:43 am on Mar 31, 2004 (gmt 0)

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All 6 sites that are listed in business.com all of a sudden do not show backlinks anymore in Google.

What's up?

10:23 am on Mar 31, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Just checked...my link from them is still showing but looking at the page on Business.com there's so many entries nowadays that it can only be a matter of time before the link is calculated to be below PR4 and thus won't show any more.

Who told all of these people about Business.com then...it wasn't me ;)

12:20 am on Apr 4, 2004 (gmt 0)

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I think part of the problem is that Business.com no longer offers a direct link to sites in the directory.

They have implemented a framed page setup with a contextual advertising header on the top of all landing pages.

It seems that listings no longer get any PR passed along from the listings page.

This may be the reason people are no longer seeing any backlinks in Google.

3:54 am on Apr 5, 2004 (gmt 0)

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The paid listings (shown in bold) still appear to be direct links. If the unpaid listings are no longer transferring PR, then the paid listings get more of it and have become more desirable (probably a smart move by business.com)
10:14 am on Apr 5, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Mr_Roberto, It appears you are right, the Featured Sites seem to be direct links while the standard listings are not.

This is a recent change, however, I had not noticed this until a couple of days ago. Up until now there had been no difference in treatment between listings.

By the way, all listings in Business.com are paid, some are just flat-fee listings while others are pay-per-click.

1:27 pm on Apr 5, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Yeah, and mine are flat fee. I will not refresh though if they were indeed dropped for PR by the major SE's.
1:58 am on Apr 26, 2004 (gmt 0)

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I just came across this no BL thing at Business.com.

It seems that all of the Featured Sites no longer have direct reference links either. These are the 3rd party links. Maybe I was missing something because I thought they were previously.

I was also suprised that the paid directory listings are not direct links. So unless I'm not getting this, the only links seen by SE's are the PPC ads bought directly from Business.com? Is this right?

2:12 pm on Apr 30, 2004 (gmt 0)

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They were promoting that you could add up to 5 text links to build up link text with a paid directory listing at one time. I had considered trying a few directory listings for this link text and p.r. alone after the google flux had *alot* of their pages listed very well. An inline directory ad without the p.r. isn't so desirable.
 

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