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Google Related Links

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3:16 pm on Apr 4, 2006 (gmt 0)

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I just spent some time playing around with the (new?) Google Related Links tool [google.com...]

While I couldn't see any aspect to enhance our SEO strategies (or to raise the average length of a visit :) it looks like an interesting experiment.

How long do you think will it take till this tabbed link presentation will find its way into Adsense?

9:42 am on Apr 5, 2006 (gmt 0)

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The major fly in this ointment is that the related pages search is based on linkage rather than topicality, and so useless for its stated purpose.
11:18 am on Apr 5, 2006 (gmt 0)

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I think this is the fix for the big daddy/supplemental/canonical issues that they are now quite visibly suffering from:
If Google can't fix it on their site then offer another search box on every other website because the user clicked on irrelevant listings the first time!

Stop wasting resources and get your main product fixed because it is crap.

:) my sentiments exactly

4:11 am on Apr 6, 2006 (gmt 0)

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For websites that have over 10,000 hits a day, please contact the Google team.

My guess is they try to 'up-sell' these people to AdSense.
4:18 am on Apr 6, 2006 (gmt 0)

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FourDegreez had a very good point:

Worse, this let's webmasters be lazy--instead of providing their own links that they've gathered, let Google do it for them. Strange thing for Google to offer, since their search is heavily based on the true links between sites.

If everyone started using this and stopped linking then the whole PageRank house of cards would come crashing down. Don't think there's much chance of that actually happening but it certainly is ironic.
2:22 pm on Apr 6, 2006 (gmt 0)

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On one of my three sites, Google Related Links is a nice, useful supplement to the Links page. I don't practice reciprocal linking. I add links to serve my site visitors, not artificially boost my SERPs rankings. On that page, Google Related Links are a natural fit, and enhance the visitor experience.

On another one of my sites, a niche-specific portal site, I have hundreds and hundreds of carefully selected, on-topic links. On that site, Google Related Links would serve no useful purpose.

On a third site, I would like to add Related Links to the rudimentary Links page, but the page has so little context that the Related Links would be totally off-target.

Related Links have their uses. It all depends on the situation.

2:30 pm on Apr 6, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Watch, next they will give you better serps if you use their non paying service.... Guess they want to sucker people into using their no pay service so they can make more money....
10:12 pm on Apr 7, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Maybe for those with 10.000 hits (and I agree it's not much) there is some sort of compensation for placing these links on your site?

Bad news. There isn't.

While you're welcome to implement the Related Links units on your sites,
Related Links is a Google Labs product, and we aren't able to support
publishers receiving over roughly 10,000 pageviews per day across their
sites. Specifically, if your network of sites receives over this amount of
traffic daily, we may discontinue serving related searches, news, and
links to your units without notice.

Should this occur, unfortunately it won't be possible to easily reactivate
the units. I'd therefore strongly recommend that you implement the units
on your sites in such a way that the combined maximum page views doesn't
exceed 10,000 daily. This might involve showing fewer units, only showing
on some of your pages, or only showing them part of the day. We understand
that this is inconvenient, and we thank you for your understanding in this
matter.


Mail from labs@google.com.

This sounds like a strange policy. But don't get discouraged, my website is mainly in Swedish and that may be the obstacle... :)

12:17 am on Apr 8, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Maybe Google has some diabolical plan to track which 'related links' are being clicked on for a given site. To find out whats actually "related".
This looks like a phase 1 of something bigger because it's so SEO foolish.
If I were to want related links on my page then wouldn't I want links that a bot can follow? Ie to related content rather than randomly generated links with javascript?
12:33 pm on Apr 8, 2006 (gmt 0)

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No way I will ever ever place that on one of our sites. Google is currently unable to index our sites - how in the world should they be able to find related contents?

Nice try, though...

itloc

12:37 pm on Apr 8, 2006 (gmt 0)

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@Reid

<Maybe Google has some diabolical plan to track <which 'related links' are being clicked on for a <given site. To find out whats actually "related".

Be absolutely and 100% sure they are doing that since years. In my opinion, this is the most important feedback they get from search and from adsense. Hey, and from toolbar too...

itloc

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