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The rumour about Google looking at files called link.html and deciding that these are somehow a cardinal sin is amusing but not really worth credence....
My links pages are called links.html because when they appear in the SERPS - usually quite high, thank you, I want the human readers of the SERPS to realise they are my links pages....
In any system with 4,000,000,000 pages there are going to be some anomalies, but one anomaly doesn't makea new rule. My sites offer three counter examples to the rule that "links.html" is a Google no-no and I suggest that you ignore these distractions too!
On the other hand don't be discouraged if it doesn't show up in your backlinks. Quite often the change is reflected in your traffic logs and/or cash register, and that's where it counts. ;)
This is a well established phenomenon that is easily observable, and also easily testable.
Generally link.*** pages do not show as backlinks or pass PR.
I have been debating whether to rename my link pages for some time, and still haven't come to a conclusion. My pages are themed and named "theme1-links.php", "theme2-links.php", etc. Does the above statement apply to hyphenated names? The amount of PR they would pass is relatively small so difficult to test.
"theme1-links.php" Currently these seem to be showing, or at least showing far more often than /links.tld or /links/
I'm still keeping an open mind whether to rename or not, and would do so if it were proved Google was penalizing pages due to the name.
However at the moment (as discussed on another thread) I can't see any compelling evidence for this. "Theme1-links" may show up more often because the author has taken more care, included more explanatory text, or simply because the links are seen as relevant to the theme of the page group.
I refuse links on pages with links.xxx so must other.
Hope this helps