For a prime example use your Google Tool Bar and examine the back links at this site:
A few extremely talkative people here at CAP may have noticed they went from a small handful of back links to a bunch because of all the backlinks from their message board posts.
I cannot see how Google thinks they are on the right track by dropping thousands of legitimate links in favor of blog spammers and message board wind bags.
They do this while NOT showing backlinks from PR4 – PR6 pages with similar content or themes!!!!
WTF do they put in the coffee in the Google programmers break room?
If they don’t credit links from sites that feature the same type of content or theme then what is the point of crediting back links at all?
I would think it would only make sense for “Slots” sites to want to direct their visitors to other quality “Slots” sites. And links of these type should be credited and valued.
What value is there if a site about “Cheese” links to a “Slots” site? Would a visitor searching for aged Cheddar really be interested in Five Reel Slots?
I cannot see the logic of Googles thinking here.
I don’t blog.
This has been the case for a long time, years. It has never affected my PR in any way. In my case, this is nothing new.
Changes in my PR are always in step with changes I make to the site.
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Uh… Maybe I am not as search engine savy as Googles engineers, but tell me what do sites about “Press Releases” , “DSP Music”, “Pschiatric News” and “9mm Hand Guns” have to do with ‘Online Casinos”?
What I wonder is why this has never affected my PR but is affecting theirs.
Must be more than just posting…
Edited to say:
Nevermind, they must have updated it finally. lol
I don’t think the backlinks shown have anything to do with being “credited” though… in fact, I don’t think the backlinks shown have anything to do with anything. In general, a selection of a page’s worst links are shown, while very very few of its best links. Many pages with only several PR5+ backlinks end up showing none.
When I say “virtually useless” there are a tiny few bits of info there now… you can see some super low quality sites that link to you that you know you don’t want to link to in a million years; you can see other domains that rely heavily on message board and blog links. In general, if your links have gone up a lot since mid July, that is NOT good. It means your percentage of very low quality links greatly outweighs your decent links.
On the other hand, it looks like a results tweak last week favored sites with tons of message board links, so maybe the display of links does mean google is favoring volume of links right now over quality of links, but that sort of favoring one thing over another is always changing.
Anyway, looking at backlinks used to be a very valuable thing to do. It’s a complete waste now. Use Yahoo instead…
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