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I know that being on all 3,000 would boost my PR but I'm not really into working the system. I might not ever get a #1 with my logic but as long as I get first page I'm happy.
Questions is: Would google like it better if you had 100 pages on the same domain linking to you or 00 different domains linking to you? Does google even differentiate?
I would not like it either. I don't know if Google would, but I don't think they should. Many incoming links from one single domain _may_ help, but it's definitely better to have incoming links from many different (and relevant) websites.
This used to give them a boost but apparently Google is only counting the highest PR page from a web site, according to some threads around here. And that makes sense.
I would advise to get your link from their highest PR page (probably on their root), and ask for a discount. ;)
Also, it's just speculation and not related to Page Rank, but it's also worth thinking about how many occurrences there are of certain keywords in link text.
It could be a little different with sites we design or do work on
I'm not sure. How can it be different? A link at the footer is a link.
The only way to automate the process of segregating web design footer links is to exclude links in the footer altogether, or perhaps to not credit links to webmasters. I'm not sure how it can be different.
I base my opinion on this:
Eight months ago, while researching the high PR web design firms to find out where all their back links were coming from, I was shocked to discover that they had a multitude coming from huge 1000 page templated web sites.
I found it a bit unfair for them to have pages upon pages of backlinks listed all from a handful of sites. But the ranks have changed.
Marcia raised an interesting point, related to one of my posts, and it's definitely related to your original question of how much worth do multiple page links convey to a web site.
I appreciate Marcia's input to WW because because she contributes so often and so thoughtfully; and I always look forward to her input, as a moderator, idea stimulator or a devil's advocate.
Sometimes there aren't definitive "yes" or "no" answers but a general consensus may appear.
Thanks for bringing up this question. It's a good one.
For me if the site was relevant and popular and they offered me paid (or free?!) a link / ad on all 3,000 pages I would take it. If it fit within our advertising target.
The question has to be do you want to advertise and gain additional users through the ad (whether it be a link or an actual banner) or is your ultimate plan to increse pr with a hope of increasing SERPS.