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5:04 am on Nov 10, 2007 (gmt 0)

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I am new to SEs, I have a new site (PR=0). I may be able to get a link to my site from one of the BIG sites (highly rated in Alexa), but, I have some questions:

1- The big site is non-English, mine and my link will be in English. Is that a problem for Google?

2- The big site is PHP, I guess this shouldn't be a problem since the site is highly recognized, right?

3- The site homepage PR is 5, however, I am considering advertising on the internal pages (HUGE amount of pages, however, all have PR = 1). Is that a good startegy?

4- The site is not ralated to my keywords. Any evidence that Google would be affected by that?

5- Considering my low PR, will Google still look for a broad range of sites linking to mine to assign a good PR OR simply this site would help me to get a decent PR.

6- Should the link be a text one. Generally speaking, does Google consider a banner/image as a link.

I look for your kind help.

Thanks.

2:32 am on Nov 11, 2007 (gmt 0)

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It looks like you are still starting so I'll try to help my best. But please note this is only a personal opinion, maybe some members will give you much better advise.

1- The big site is non-English, mine and my link will be in English. Is that a problem for Google?

Not really, depending on where your link is. If it is on the text of an article it could be really good. On the sidebar/blog roll maybe OK but not good as the other.

2- The big site is PHP, I guess this shouldn't be a problem since the site is highly recognized, right?

The programming language doesn't matter at all.

3- The site homepage PR is 5, however, I am considering advertising on the internal pages (HUGE amount of pages, however, all have PR = 1). Is that a good strategy?

Please see reply below.

4- The site is not related to my keywords. Any evidence that Google would be affected by that?

A link from inside an article in this website won't hurt you. But if it is not related many links from there maybe won't help you. Basically, if you have not many links this can help you getting indexed, but won't help you to get good ranks, and in the long term can make you look bad (I'm supposing you're buying). Keep in mind: if it's a one time link can be OK, but if you do this all time is a long time trouble.

5- Considering my low PR, will Google still look for a broad range of sites linking to mine to assign a good PR OR simply this site would help me to get a decent PR.

So you still worry about PR...? FORGET IT NOW!. Get links from trusted sources related to your "widget". If you get some unrelated it doesn't matter, but the majority should be.

In the long term this is like your personal background: one unrelated link is fine, many not. And it doesn't matter if it's your first one, what really matters is: percentage of good & bad links, what old sites in your niche had, the speed their links grow and if yours grow quick who linked to you (many untrusted sites maybe?)

6- Should the link be a text one. Generally speaking, does Google consider a banner/image as a link.

Right now text links are good, but image ones with the right alt text help as well, don't worry about this. Google has been bombed with text links for SEO so having some images links with the right alt text can help you. In fact, having many different texts words/phrases linking to you instead of always the same one is much better.

What I will look for? Links from sites that have good rankings for the keywords I'm looking for.

Now I'll try to summarize for you.

If you think "short term" (months, maybe one year), go buy links and do whatever. It will work for a limited amount of time.

If you go medium/long term... then go for content that users will like, buy/get links from trusted sources in your niche and keep updating your site. And buy doesn't mean simply "buy", but if you find a related niche site or directory -and established- offering listings for x amount go and pay it, it won't hurt you.

It's pretty easy: it looks you can have a cheap link from a trusted but unrelated source. Go and get it, but take care to get links from trusted and related sources at the same time (I repeat... at the same time). And if you can do the last... then avoid the unrelated one!

P.S: I'm assuming you and your site are new, this doesn't apply to established websites. Sorry if I'm wrong.

P.S2: it's late night in Europe so I'm not brilliant right now. Also, there's much better people on WebmasterWorld than me to give advise, so please listen to what other members have to say.

I look for your kind help.

Thanks.

3:19 am on Nov 17, 2007 (gmt 0)

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If this "big site" is selling links, there is a very good chance that Google knows this and that the links will be of no value at all for SEO purposes.
So, the question you must ask yourself is, will these links generate enough click through traffic to be worth the money I will be paying for them?
6:21 am on Nov 29, 2007 (gmt 0)

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I preface the following by saying that I do NOT condone or promote link buying (if that is what you are considering doing and why this link is from a non-English site). I don't believe in buying what I can get for free (links, companionship, etc LOL). That being said...

All that I've read, all I've heard from people doing this for a long time, and common sense tells me that no incoming link can really hurt you, it can only help you or not affect you at all. The incoming link will pass you 0 or more PR. If the site linking to yours is being penalized, they might be passing you 0 PR... otherwise you should get at least something from it.

If you think about about it, if you buy a link from site X and Google suspects site X of selling links, they are going to penalize site X (unless they have good proof that you paid for links from the company in which case I guess they MIGHT penalize your site as well). What this means for you as a link buyer is that you will be indirectly penalized because you may unknowingly continue paying monthly for that link even though site X is no longer passing you PR.

On the web, anyone can link to your site so it's not likely that SEs will penalize you for receiving the link from a questionable site. You may not even be aware they are linking to you, and you certainly can't control whether they do or not. You can only control who you link to.

Although one would hope that SEs are now smart enough to give higher relevance and trust rating to various incoming links and that relevance and trust as well as PR inherited from incoming links would figure into where you rank on SERPs, even a link from a site that is totally unrelated to yours should be worth something (unless they are being penalized)... just not as much possibly as a link from an equivalent related site.

So IMO there is no such thing as a BAD incoming link, some are just much better than others, and some can be worthless. Even the ones from unrelated sites should help even if only a miniscule amount. In fact, I'd guess this is the way that most 'mom and pop' sites get indexed in the first place... because they have a friend who has a site who throws up a link to the new 'mom and pop', unrelated site.

Again, I am in no way condoning buying links. I have better ways to spend my money... And I totally agree that links from related, trusted sites are the way to go... and that high PR related, trusted sites are even better... But especially when starting a new site, I believe links from any site (even unrelated) can only help, not hurt.

11:04 am on Dec 4, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Links from big non-English sites may unwillingly localize you. If you get many links from non-English sites you may end up ranking in other Googles than the one you expected.

Stay true to your site's language!
And handle different language links with caution.

PS: Personal opinion. Don't take my word for it!
And you topic reads link to a big site ... it should be link from a big site.