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Would there be any way to accomplish this interlinking that would be less risky, perhaps by changing the anchor text for each outgoing link?
Thank you in advance for your advice!
7 of them, it would be NATURAL to interlink these websites, as you never know, if someone from one country finds the site from another country and then can just jump there, as well the content is unique on each website, as of course the language is different, sometimes even the content itself.
Do I have to go with the unnatural way to prevent a penalty, any experiences in this matter?
I had a similar problem with 2 language versions of the same site based on different domains.
I decided to post a link on every page of each site that leads to a pop-up window on the same site (so it's an internal link) that THEN links to the other language version/domain.
By this way, you have just one link from each website point to the other one and you can be sure that you will not suffer any penalty at all. This will also help each site as the PR of the pop-up window will be high enough to help and pass it to the other domain/version.
Just my 2 cents...
If they are careful to keep the rest of their sites different, might they risk penalties as a so-called
linking scheme? They have the same small town as a common theme.
I don't think they're doing anything bad. Might some algorithm see otherwise? -Larry
At the begining of the year I signed on a link scheme like this, one that asked you to put a piece of code in your page and from that populate a directory.
It worked for about 2 months, I mean, that particular site showed the incoming links in google.
But on the 3rd month, all the incoming link disappeared in google, like if they were not counted at all, the site was not penalized either, btw.
Yahoo also indexed those incoming links but they took like 6 months to find out and remove them.
MSN still showing the links from that shared links.
But I've resolved that the only safe way to do it is to use "nofollow" links in the table. That way, Google should not see this as an attempt to boost PR.