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what ist the structural difference of internal back linking and bad reciprocal linking?
let say, I have a site with the following hierachical structure:
- some categories
- articles under categories
- backlinks from article pages to each categorie and to the homepage
- while homepage is linking each categorie
- and categorie pages are linking to articels, linking each categorie and linking back to homepages
to do this all internal in one domain is reciprocal linking but a usual navigation structure?
to do this over different domains is reciprocal linking and a bad SEO technique?
Never hurt me, I took it off after a year because I thought that it looked abit naff.
I have seen it many times when a designer links every page/site that they have ever done back to their own site, it doesnt do any damage but it looks a little unprofessional.
before I had only back links to the homepage and to the category the articels belongs to.
giving each article page a navigation bar to each categorie must be a big service for users: the amount of sessions with more then one page visited has increased.
Its all so much clearer now! Thanks Mil2K ;)
Cross linking from a common footer isn't a problem as long as the individual sites also have independent inbound links. It's only when your entire PR comes from your own network that you will run into problems.
and I remember the question about "model train sites" and a closed loop.
the conclusion is to link to sites which won't link back to you and hope, there will at least one model train friend with a very other interest.
but: isn't the whole web a big circle? ;-)