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everytime a word shows up in text, they make it a link automatically
all internal links at once
it could redistribute PR within the site in unexpected ways beyond my control
Another reason I don't want this on my sites is I think it could be a distraction to readers to have links within the content of an article. I want my sites' visitors to read the whole article before they see a link to another page."
How about if you use the same color for your content and in-content links. Black for example, the only way the readers would know it's a link is if they hover over it, actually you could manipulate that too.
This essay addresses the overlink crisis and problems of overlinking Wikipedia pages with excessive wikilinks, especially in navboxes or infoboxes....
There are some typical cases of overlinking. It is characterized by:
- a large proportion of the words in each sentence being rendered as links;
- using links that have little related content, such as linking on specific years like 1995, or unnecessary linking of common words used in the common way, for which the reader can be expected to understand the word's full meaning in context, without any hyperlink help;
- A link for any single term (other than for date formats) is excessively repeated in the same article. "Excessive" is usually more than one link for the same term in a line or a short paragraph....
You need a balanced text (semantic) - link ratio, in this case there is no problem introducing more internal linking.
I did this on a site in February. Only 25 pages but added auto-linking back to the homepage on each one. On March the 5th the site's homepage got a -950
Ensure more convenience for users by using ‘breadcrumb lists’
A breadcrumb is a row of internal links at the top or bottom of the page that allows visitors to quickly navigate back to a previous section or the root page (1). Many breadcrumbs have the most general page (usually the root page) as the first, left-most link and list the more specific sections out to the right.
The internal linking has sent a clear signal to Google and in every case my prefered page is now top dog :)