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It was a "duh" moment for me. Such links could be more valuable not just because the PR vote is not split as much (after all, there could be many internal links on the page) but more valuable simply because this particular author rarely links out.
First, I have a subjective impression that this may already be a factor in Google - but I'm not clear how I could test for it without a massive data set and lots of analysis resources. And second, it seems to me that one of the changes in PR calculation over the years is probably a segmentation and different treatment for internal links (especially nav links) and external links.
I do know that the next time I get a link from a stingy linker, I'm going to pay very close attention.
What do you think? Has anyone seen evidence that a link from stingy linker will be a bigger help?
segmentation and different treatment for internal links (especially nav links) and external links.
Surely that was all that was being referred to?
The line between an information page that links to a few good resources vs. a reciprocal links page is not that fine ... it's a canyon. I had assumed that search engines worked this out some time ago.
How many outgoing links a site adds per month/update could maybe be a "stingy" indicator if you're looking for one?
That said, "stingy linking" doesn't automatically suggest discriminate or peceptive linking. It might simply be lazy or conservative linking limited to the usual suspects in a niche.
Whether the engines can distinguish between various kinds of stinginess may in fact not matter, but if you're building up a high quality site, it may be easier to get links from perceptive linkers than to get links from the lazy or conservative linkers.
Also... I think that, for Google, it helps to be a perceptive linker as well.
"stingy linking" doesn't automatically suggest discriminate or peceptive linking. It might simply be lazy or conservative linking limited to the usual suspects in a niche.
Or they might just be hoarding PR.
"links from authors who are very stingy outlinkers are more informative."
Do they really think PR hoarding is a sign of quality?
If not, how do they tell the difference between webmasters who are hoarding PR and those who are just very choosy about the quality of the sites they link to?
>>If not, how do they tell the difference between webmasters who are hoarding PR and those who are just very choosy about the quality of the sites they link to?
by who else they link to would make sense?
links from quality outlinkers rather than stingy might be the way to think of it.
like for example.. ..here. (can I have a link please? :)
If John Doe links to 20 thin affiliate sites from a page and Jane Buck links to Wikipedia, Nytimes.com, and the Internet Public Library from her page, which sends a more positive message to the search engine: The numbers of links on John and Jane's pages, or the "TrustRank" of the outbound links' targets?
If people who doesn't link to every and choose their links very carefully link to you, then you have carefully chosen.
It doesn't matter if they do it keep PR on their site, they're people who doesn't link too much.
If a good percentage of their links go to good websites, and they don't link too much, and they link to you, then, on aggregate data, you look like a very carefully chosen link.
This would also play into Matt Cutts' enigmatic message that Google's algo does include factors that reward external linking.
However, would that automatically mean that being on the receiving end of a link from such a site is worth more to the target site? Something about neightborhoods on the webgraph comes to mind.
No links -> link hoarder
A few low quality links -> SEO
A few high quality links -> trusted, careful linker
Many quality links -> trusted, carefree linker
Many low quality links -> untrusted linker
Excessive low quality links -> spammer
Imagine your website has just one 500-word article, and 10 external links. That may seem generous. Now picture the same website with 50 similar articles, but the same number of external links. That may seem much stingier. So this raises the question, does an increase in content turn you into a stingy linker, or even a hoarder?
Now consider this: a carefully-edited directory will look much the same as one that lists all comers, in terms of the numbers of links per page (if both are paginated the same way) and the ratio of anchor text to total text. So the engines will have to look at a bunch of other factors to determine which links are higher quality, or indeed which directory belongs to the stingy linker.
So I think it's possible these links are more valuable, but until we really know what is meant by the term it's tough to test.
How do you define stingy? Are we talking about stingy on a links-per-page level, or per site, or divided by the total amount of non-linked content?
It isn't how we define "stingy"; it's how Google does (if it does). But I think any kind of "link quality score" that took the number of links into account would need to be site-based, not page-based, for a couple of reasons:
1) Indiscriminate linkers often use links pages (rather than linking in context);
2) Writers of articles, academic papers, etc. often place citations and links to other resources on the final page instead of embedding them in the body text.
I've often wondered about the effectiveness of this. Where did you see or hear this from MC ?
It's in his June 15 blog post about PR Sculpting.
Q: Okay, but doesn’t this encourage me to link out less? Should I turn off comments on my blog?
A: I wouldn’t recommend closing comments in an attempt to “hoard” your PageRank. In the same way that Google trusts sites less when they link to spammy sites or bad neighborhoods, parts of our system encourage links to good sites.
Many webmasters here have noticed the effect over past years - going back to Brett's 26 Steps post in 2002 [webmasterworld.com]
Brett's post per above : " From every page, link to one or two high ranking sites under that particular keyword. Use your keyword in the link text (this is ultra important for the future). As you can see from the WebmasterWorld google forum topics, Google highly values links. Inbound links are what people say who you are, and outbound links are what you say you are. Google will clearly use both in a the algo some where. "
So what were the effects that Webmaster's have been reporting ?
You may notice that many strong sites often receive backlinks from spammy neighborhoods. Why would a spammer do that? They are trying to exploit this factor in the Google system.