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100 PR4/5 links will give your site Pr4 but will boost your rankings, given that you've choosen the linktext carefully.
So if you are the only link on a PR4 page, that is much better than to be 1 of 250 links on a PR8 page.
See [iprcom.com...] for the full, mathematical explanation of how PageRank works.
If on the other hand you are talking about the absolute 100 best PR4 traffic links for your niche, then take those.
Bottom line it's a nonsense question. Take both. Take either.
100S links is way better then any one PR8, what if that site gets in trouble with Google and it drops, so will you if you depend on it.
The number one rule in link trading is not to depend on no single site.
which is better: 1 pr8 link vs 1500 pr3-pr7 links, all from the same site? this is basically an advertising package, $100/month for 1 pr8 on their main page, or $250/month for 1500 links of diverse pr on the same site?
any suggestions or advice appreciated.
1. The PR8 Link for Your PR-Strategy and as reccomendation from a "high rated site"
2. 100 PR4- or lower links with a well defined link text (not always the same; use synonyms and related terms) for your Link Popularity, which is quite important at the moment.
This strategy-mix would be very good: if your PR8 Link drops, there are the other Links remaining!
The 1000 links all depend on the one PR8 link for *their* pagerank. If the PR8 link goes in the toilet for some reason, all the others will too. The PR8 link would be much better from every perspective. If you want more anchor text, make your own pages using the PR that you will now get from the PR8 link. It makes no sense at all to first filter the PR you could get from that domain through 1000 pages on that domain.
the pr8 link costs $100/month
1000+ links from pr2-pr7 costs $250/month
it would seem that for the price, I'd rather have 1 link pr8 for $100 on cost alone, but if 1000's of links are worth more in terms of pr, then i might have sprang for the $250.
Come to think of it, is a pr8 for $100/month a fair price?
Second, if you want to go down that road, $100 for a PR8 is a steal to the degree that I'd suspect links from that domain don't pass PR to anybody.
Third, if the PR from the 1000 pages is dependant of the PR of the single PR8 page, then by definition their combined PR strength is less than the single PR8 link.
1 link from a PR8 site [the only external link on that page]
HIPO, rfung, the key is the # of total unique links (internal or external) on that page, as to how much value you are actually getting from that PR8 link.
If the page has only a few links on it, and you're one of them, that's one thing.
But if that page also has a whole bunch of internal or nav links, then the benefit you are actually getting from that one link may be far less than what you were anticipating!
This is somewhat offtopic, but do internal linking counts towards this whole mess of a count?:) would it make sense for me to link every single page of my site to every other single page of my site?
is there an actual strategy here as far as cross linking pages in order to optimize page rank benefits?
>do internal linking counts...
Yes. The total outbound PR is divided-up among all of the unique links on the page, whether internal or external.
>would it make sense for me to link every single page
>of my site to every other single page of my site?
Depends on what you are trying to achieve. See next question.
>is there an actual strategy here as far as
>cross linking pages in order to optimize
>page rank benefits?
Most definately. You can use your link structure to move-around the total PageRank available to your site, concentrating PR to certain pages if desired.
For example, if you cross-link all of your pages as you suggested, the PageRank values of the individual pages will be spread-out more evenly.
However, you can instead create a "vertical" link structure with minimal cross-linking, but with every page having a link to your home page, which can result in an increase in PageRank to the homepage, and a decrease in the PageRank of the sub-pages compared to a cross-linked structure.
Basically, you are "shifting" PageRank from the sub-pages to your homepage.
You can also use the internal linking stucture of your site to concentrate PageRank on those pages you want to do well in the SERPs, or to minimize the PageRank of those pages containing a lot of outbound links.
this is related to a question I posted elsewhere in the forum - does it make a difference wether a particular page has 10 inbound links to it from an external site, or 10 inbound links from other internal pages? the obvious answer to me would be , yes of course it does, because anyone could create thousands of pages and just link them all to a single one, and presto the super mega pr10 page!... (uhm...)
how about I create 1000 micro sites of 1-2 pages each - and then point them all to the same site to get the destination site a big boost?
Granted, i'm playing with the concept, but im sure it illustrates some good questions.