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Giving the links I really donít mind as it is on topic and would fit well in my pages. My question is which is better higher PR but off topic or lower PR but on topic?
I think my question is over all from a google point of view is the on topic link better? There is a lot of talk these days that PR is a very degraded ranking factor. I am trying to think more long term.
Unless you have a very strong PR yourself having a link from a high PR off-subject site could actually result in you going down the SERPS for your targeted keywords.
I would pay someone to not link to me from a very high, complete off-topic PR10 site (and pay even more if that was a pr0n site)
Some things you need to have first.
A) You need to know what my URL is
B) You need to guess how much I'd really be willing to pay for this. Obviously, it's not something I'd help you with
C) You need to have a PR10 site ;)
But the big fly in the ointment is that this would be blackmail which is illegal, and you can't blackmail me without telling me who you are (i.e. what your PR 10 URL is).
Seriously though, if you were selling tennis balls and you had three links from PR2 tennis or sports related pages and suddenly there is a high PR p0rn site linking to you, what do you think will happen? Google's algo would take a completely different view - so to speak - of your little yellow balls.
[edited by: Macro at 5:45 pm (utc) on May 10, 2004]
a) is it a pr4 or higher link and does it show up in the backlinks
b) spoof Useragent to Googlebot see what shows on site
c) check googles Cache!
a) Do you check backlinks in G? Alltheweb look to list most if not all links irrespective of PR - so surely this is better? (you're able to pick up the PR3's) [And just to be sure we're singing from the same hymn sheet, checking basically means: link:www.widget.com]
b) Afraid I need a bit-o-handholding on this one - How do you do that?
c) Most importantly, where/how do I check G's cache?!?
Further in your debt Dave
This is creating more questions than it's answering.
1. My .co.uk doesn't appear in the cache, whereas my .com does (and almost all of my SERP pages resolve to the .co.uk!)
2. Ok, so knowing that my .com appears (1 entry) in G's cache - what does this tell me about whether links to my site are cloaked?
what is your curret PR?
-if greater than 6 then on topic may be better (target traffic)
-if low than 6 then the 8 may be better. The relative effect of PR seems to decrease above 6.
What is the size of your site and the importance of it being updated regularly?
-a large site (2000+ pages) that sells a fluctuating range of products may wish to get a PR increase so the pages get updated more regularly.
How off topic is the PR 8?
-will google see them as unrelated.
-will surfers see them as unrelated.
How on topic is the PR 6?
-is traffic from the site going to be high converting.
What impact will each of the pages have on income (sales, ads etc) and expenses (bandwidth)?
-Maybe you will get lots of traffic through the pr 8 and none convert. Thus costing you money in the long run.
just a few i would consider.