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From reading other threads, it would appear the last update had a significant drop on some peoples traffic,and a loss of pr.
We in fact have increased..... (smug expression falls onto Mhes face) ;)
I think this could be one of two things:
1) Downgrading of detected links pages with endless recipricol links
2) Off theme links. A page with no mention of widgets linking to a widget site (which is recipricated) is hardly a great endorsement.
No proof, just a hunch. We have concentrated on getting on theme links, which is a lot harder because the other site will evaluate your site a bit more closely,
Would that be a (page) with "no mention of widgets" or a (site)? some sites are on topic but, the "page" that links to you doesn't have the ward "widgets" on it but, ot has it all over the site. Just a though.
So, 'theme' is based on the theme of a page, rather than a site. This has interesting repercussions, as a poor links page may have very varied themes and no continuity, making the links out worth less. Having said that, the theme of a page may be evaluated in a very simplistic way, e.g. title, h1 etc. so if you have a widget link with widget in the title of the page, thats a good link. Any links out that do not mention widgets and/or do not go to a widget page are more or less ignored.
So far I haven't see any evidence for this.
Also, as already mentioned, this would cause problems. To give one more example: would this imply that only other search engines can transfer PR to Google while a link from a 'normal' site doesn't count?
I think that Google haven't implement any kind of topic-realted PR in their algorithm and I would be hard to do this. Also, I'm not sure that this would make sense at all.
> It doesn't look like you can just get 10,000 links from "1 or 2 websites"
In my experience this seems to be true.
If a page about 'books' links to a page about 'Harry Potter', is this more beneficial?
I think yes, if the anchor text contains the words 'books on Harry Potter' . The words are on theme for both sites. The 'books' word will be taken very seriously if that page has the word in the title etc. and the 'Harry Potter' words will reinforce the theme of the Harry Potter page.
Likewise for the other examples.
PR9?..... pr is a total red herring, forget it! If you have pr5+ you are well in the game. The only real benefit of pr is for ranking well on a seriously competitive keyword, but people are no longer searching in such an unsophisticated way, they are using more descriptive phrases.
It seems strange that Google would count 100 links from a single site as strongly as 1 link from each of 100 sites. It also seems that the Google algorithm might consider a page to be on-theme when the only appearance of the widget theme is in the anchor text of the forward link.
I know the site well and thats what got me wondering. the only thing about that kw is that it is (basically) a adult kw and maybe the adult theme got picked up by google,i'm not sure. Any one else see this on this update?