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The other site is not, but google does give 2 links for it when I type in the domain name. it's also the site I had been struggling with on the 950 penalty, and seems like it's out of the penalty, but still ranks below 100 on many keywords.
when you search on your business name
Do these "Sitelinks" only show when someone searches by business/domain name?
I just tried my business/domain name and saw these Sitelinks for the first time on my listing.
My business/domain name could be seen/spoken as 1, 2 or 3 words. So I tried all 3 likely styles,
word1 word2 word3
and got the same Sittelinks for all 3.
The latter two styles also got a "Did you mean word1word2word3" at the top of the serp.
But it is nice to see esp where your site ranks for a key search term and i would agree that it makes you feel more confident, but not sure what triggers the addition of these links?
Every once in a rare while, I do see Sitelinks for some other search term than the website's name, but this is very rare - even for a trademark that is owned by the parent company. The classic example is Apple - apple.com shows Sitelinks when you search on "apple" but not when your search on "ipod".
the "sitelinks" for WebmasterWorld are slanted toward Google products. Curious!
They tend to be our busiest forums, so I don't see it as all that curious. There are two Sitelinks for Adsense, however. One uses our current directory name "/google_adsense/" and the other uses our legacy forum number, "/forum89/". That's an algo bug, I assume.
They tend to be our busiest forums, so I don't see it as all that curious.
Tedster, I'm not suggesting any impropriety on WebmasterWorld or Google's part, I simply find it interesting. Google certainly has the right to display whichever "sitelinks" it wants. In my opinion it appears that they give more weight to areas of a website that have Google related information.
Google Adwords: 101,890 posts (sitelink)
html and browsers: 110,682 posts (no sitelink)
Foo: 136,105 posts (no sitelink)
2. Foo is often quite off-topic for the main themes of webmastering. If I didn't some some extremely weird Sitelinks on other domains, I might think that some semantic theming was in play. Maybe it is, but it's kind of broken?
I know from some of my client that the Sitelinks algo can make some funky choices. We've use WebmasterTools to veto more than a few of them - I'm very glad Google gives us that option.
For anyone digging deeper into this topic, we've also got a reference thread in our Hot Topics area [webmasterworld.com], which is always pinned to the top of this forum's index page.
Sitelinks - extra links under some #1 results [webmasterworld.com]
That thread also links out to some other resources.
In my opinion it appears that they give more weight to areas of a website that have Google related information.
So how do you explain Google's choice of Sitelinks on sites that have no information about Google?
I've told him he's pushing it uphill and it would be very hard to offer him any guarantee he's ever going to displace the the .com with the AU
A guarantee? No, of course not, and especially with a .com.au domain. But something like this is often doable, even if "uphill" -- with some link builders trained the martial arts ;) and smart leveraging of those offline efforts to bring their effects online.
An if/then statement in an algorithm would handle the situation nicely. Although I don't think Google shows this kind of bias, it certainly could be done.
I don't think it is a bias either. Since the query was "webmaster world" I would think what links that do show up are less keyword based and more popularity based.
General theme? Pretty much the sections shown are the ones that are the largest, most active, and the most heavily linked to. General links to the WebmasterWorld home I suspect are heavily Google related so that is what you will see in the site links.
But as always with Google...who the hell knows for sure anymore!
So while a directory like "foo" may be very popular, as Tedster said it is very off target and probably doesn’t get near as many incoming links and an AdWords or AdSense forum.
Another thought as I sit here is bookmarking. I wonder if the amount of times a page from a site has been saved to favorites might play a role.
1. Where can I find the keywords that bring up a "Sitelink" result? On both of these sites, Webmaster tools show the Sitelinks, but I cannot figure out where these are located in the SERPS. I have tried just about everything and cannot find the results.
2. There is an incorrect link in one of the sublinks. I see the ability to block, but is there an ability to change? The link was changed about a month ago and the current page is returning a 404 error.
Try a regular search on just your domain name example.com - that's one of the most probable spots to see Sitelinks.
Sitelinks are additional links Google sometimes generates from site contents in order to help users navigate your site. Google generates these sitelinks periodically from your site's contents.
Because we generate sitelinks dynamically, this list can change from time to time.
And I show this on the ?
How do you compile the list of links shown below some search results?
The links shown below some sites in our search results, called sitelinks, are meant to help users navigate your site. Our systems analyze the link structure of your site to find shortcuts that will save users time and allow them to quickly find the information they're looking for.
We only show sitelinks for results when we think they'll be useful to the user. If the structure of your site doesn't allow our algorithms to find good sitelinks, or we don't think that the sitelinks for your site are relevant for the user's query, we won't show them.
At the moment, sitelinks are completely automated. We're always working to improve our sitelinks algorithms, and we may incorporate webmaster input in the future.
Added: See [webmasterworld.com...] for another recent thread about this.
Google is showing my links.htm page as one of the sitelinks amongst 6 others.
Also, they are not showing up in Google webmaster tools. All I get here is: "Google has not generated any sitelinks for your site." However, a lot of other data is also missing. It's not showing any external or internal links either.