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‘Widget’ is translated into 11 different languages, with each site having either its own dedicated domain name www.widget.fr (PR6) or subdomain www.ru.widget.com (PR6)
7 of the 11‘Widget’ sites cross link to each other from the home page (only) and 4 of the ‘Widget’ sites do not directly cross link to avoid it looking like a link farm.
The first observation is that www.widget.com (PR6) only registers backlinks from other ‘Widget’ sites with a sub-domain www.de.widget.com (PR6) and does not register backlinks from sites with dedicated domains www.widget.fr (odd!)
The second observation is that www.widget.de (PR7) has never registered any backlinks from any of the other ‘Widget’ sites and gets it’s PR 7 solely from 20 non ‘Widget’ inbound links (really odd!)
If I am not mistaken Google is screening certain specific Widget’s backlinks depending on if they are dedicated domains or sub-domains of ‘Widget’.
The other thing is of the 20 or so external sites that www.widget.de links to (10 outbound from the home page and 10 outbound from the internal links page) none of the sites www.widget.de links to show www.widget.de as a backlink! Can this mean www.widget.de is not passing PR to partner link sites?
The sites are all in html, without frames and the links are absolute and not hidden. Overall I have about 50 external incoming links of which 95% register as back links.