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In addition to that, that homepage which used to be cached daily, for the past two weeks has been cached only 2X and I moved way down in the SERPS. Google will "sandbox" or whatever you want to call your site if too many links are there, instead of just ignoring the links (as far as benefit) for x amount of days or months.
So go ahead, invest some cash and knock your competitors off #1, 2 and 3, there's no way of telling who actually paid for the link. Hell, depending on the keyword it may pay to buy links for the entire top ten.
Several other people have noticed the same in this another forums. Nothing changed but sitewide links and rankings went in the basement.
see message #13
I have even seen evidence that this may be the case from some of my sites I have linked to sitewide that dont have many other links, my feeling is that it should only really affect you if they then account for the majority of your links.
All seems a bit odd though, as i recall it was the update around September 2002 that seriously devalued site wide links and that did quite a good job, but to actually go as far as penalise for it does go against what they have always said that other people cant adversely affect your site rankings. I am still not convinced either way but this does seem a valid concern.
I would gladly accept a bunch of sitewide one way links to some of my sites.
Someone at another forum is offering a sitewide link on his site with over 100K pages. Go ahead guys ;), Free links!
i remember once buying all these links from someone elses nest to hide all the links from my nest.:( We were both torched.:)
Some of my book reviews now rank behind "supplemental results" for pages that haven't existed for six months.
It's a bit depressing.
Yp, same here. Front page ranks pretty good but it's useless when it comes to making $$, the inside pages are nowhere to be found. Not even those linked from multiple pages included the homepage.
I thought that my PR was zeroed or something (internally for G), that's why the rest didn't rank. Or that the front page was completely ingored and since everything is linked from there, the rest would suffer. I tried with different pages, different paths, getting individual links for those pages, barely any luck.
Unfortunately, it seems that Google has taken this too far and is hurting many legitamite sites in the process. Google's SERPS are pretty bad now -- it takes me 3 or 4 queries to just find what I'm looking for.