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Working on a huge site (pages in the millions), that has had several other problems over the past year, but this one definitive change onsite is that most pages, where there used to be 25 outbound links, now may have close to double. This can flux here and there on a page to page basis, but overall it seems to be that the 25 outbounds have gone to 40-45 on avg. with not much else on the page changing. This goes for 1/2-3/4 of the site's pages.
Anyone have any insight into if this would bring these pages down individually in the ranks, or negetaively effect the site as a whole?
thanks for any help
However, there are many other factors than just PR in search rankings. So if you feel these outbounds are valuable for your visitors, I'd still say go ahead, but monitor the effect.
Another factor to consider,if trouble does show up, is diluting the semantic focus of a page by adding so many new anchor tags and their text. Sometimes that can also be a problem.