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What can I say - yes, you're right. From what I'm hearing, it's very hard to get any pop out of links whose placement is directly under your power.
Ever wondered if your site has a, let's not call it a penalty because the squad gets activated :), but a score that drags it down? Until that's removed, 'nothing works.'
Another possibility is that it is not so much the value of new incoming links that was depreciated, but the significance of link anchors... ...So now you build links, and you don't see the impact you expected - but that's not the link's value that changed it's the anchor significance.
I would read through tedster's post about google's improved use of semantics and see whether it might related to anchor text froim inbound links.
...and one ehow listing
There's a clue in there about links that work.
On June 14th, when people started saying that the latest version of Panda was hitting the street, all of a sudden that ehow result was switched out for a different ehow page.
all of a sudden that ehow result was switched out for a different ehow page.
Too many links to the homepage is not so natural when you look at it yet most sites will have at least 90% of all their incoming links to the home page
Who would have thought either that rumours (as that’s all they really can be without a top level snitch in Google) that the aforementioned was going to use the Facebook “like” as a factor in its algorithm would ever in ones wildest dreams see major companies advertising on TV and offering incentives for customers to “like us on Facebook” and none of us should be surprised at some of the ingenuity employed to thwart Google’s plans or manipulate rankings.