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This doesn't make sense to me, since I see so many pages with NO content and just a bunch of links ranking high on Google & Yahoo. How are they ranking so high? Isn't relevant content better to have than a bunch of links on a page?
My links pages, all named links.php, and with the word "links" in the title, are still doing fine and always showing up as backlinks. I have no idea why I have gotten past whatever filter is in effect, and I really don't care. They aren't there for Google, they are there as a resource for the user. If Google likes them, it is fine with me, and if they don't, that is fine too.
Now I don't know what they filter on other than the name, but the name is only part of it. So changing the name is only a quick fix, it is not a long-term fix if google decides to start looking at other file names.
First I thought, maybe my link to Bill Gates' speech hosted on microsoft.com is the culprit, but finally I decided to rename the file to resources.html and made suitable changes to a couple of places linking to it.
After doing the changes when I checked the PR of my non-existent links.html page it was showing 4.
I quickly changed back all resources.html to links.html.
Moral of the story: Am still thinking.