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This site ranks first in a moderately competitive field for several different kw phrases. It occurred to me, what about all those citations to my site that are unlinked? Would they not be of some minor importance? After all, it is my site and its unique content that is being discussed. Why should such text be ignored?
What do you think?
Why should a Search Engine include that as a ranking factor?
You'd have to be careful Google doesn't see the link some other way, like via your toolbar or PR bar.
Or via publicly available server logs....
Why is Google indexing my entire web server?
Google has apparently moved its relevant explanation on this topic. New location here...
Why is Googlebot downloading information from our "secret" web server?
The fact that someone spends energy on writing an URL as text (not as an 'a href') could indicate that the person is aware that the URL exists, but intentionally don't want to refer to it by a link.
This would account for maybe 1% of cases where the link is not posted by a webmaster