Outgoing links

HVDB asked 8 months ago
On one of our best ranked Dutch casino portals http://www.casinogokken.net has 20 outgoing links on the homepage (allmost all NO-Follow)

Would it be useful to cut down the amount of links to let’s say 10? I’m starting to think it would, so please help me out!

6 Answers
OddsOn answered 8 months ago
Depends

What specific sites your linking to.

Why your linking to them in the first place.

How your linking to them, (naturally, as sponsors or sold links, etc)

How relevant are they to your site?

How useful are they to your visitors?

What deals are in place from the fact your linking?

WHat will you lose by not linking to them.

Why change what your linking to if your site is doing well in SERPS?

HVDB answered 8 months ago
What specific sites your linking to.
Casinos only

Why your linking to them in the first place.
To earn money;)

How your linking to them, (naturally, as sponsors or sold links, etc)
Naturally, 21 out of 22 are no-follow

How relevant are they to your site?
Casinos on a casino portal, VERY relevant..

How useful are they to your visitors?
Also very usefull

What deals are in place from the fact your linking?
Commission deals

WHat will you lose by not linking to them.
Commission

Why change what your linking to if your site is doing well in SERPS?
We like to do even better

Thanks for your imput, hope you can help me out. We’re indeed doing fine but we always like to do better. Therefore I’m curious if less outgoing links would help us..

thx for your time!

jagan answered 8 months ago
May be you can change position of these links, if they are no follow links, i do not think they will make any reverse effect on your keyword rankings.

OddsOn answered 8 months ago
I think you have to weight up advantages of “possible” better positions in SERPS to your less commissions by reducing number of links.

On the info you gave I think any changes you make on this issue will be minimal, theres a multitude of other ways you can boost your SERPS, without changing number of outgoing links at the level you have them, which isnt excessive.

casinotime answered 8 months ago
i think minimal affect.

uyur answered 8 months ago
If all outgoing links related your site and has a unique content, they increase your ranking via nofollow tag. According to Google:

Not all paid links violate our guidelines. Buying and selling links is a normal part of the economy of the web when done for advertising purposes, and not for manipulation of search results. Links purchased for advertising should be designated as such. This can be done in several ways, such as:

http://www.google.com/support/webmasters/bin/answer.py?answer=66736