Hot At Sphinn: Links From Panda-Hit Sites, Social Media For Old Folks & More

sphinn-logoSphinn had a super busy week last week with discussion happening on more than a third of the published stories.

None of those stories saw more comment activity than the “Discussion of the Week,” which asked Would you want a link from a site that was hit hard by Panda? After a majority of “Yes” replies, the discussion expanded into whether links from Panda-hit sites are now less valuable and if Panda had an impact on PageRank. Our favorite comment in the whole discussion came from Sphinn member Michael Martinez of SEO Theory, who said this about the value of Panda links and so-called low quality links in general:

Even low PageRank pages can help with rankings if they are allowed to pass anchor text. You don’t need MAXIMUM POWER PAGERANK links in order to boost rankings through anchor text. Link spam would never have worked in the first place if that were the case.

Check out the excellent discussion for more about Panda and inbound links.

Meanwhile, an article about social media and the older generation was the most popular story of the week among Twitter users. Read on for the full roundup of last week’s Sphinn activity.

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  • Discussion: Would you want a link from a site that was hit hard by Panda? – Google's Panda update hit a lot of websites of all sizes — large, well-known sites and smaller, niche sites, too. Some sites reportedly saw search visibility decline by 80-90%. For our new "Discussion of the Week," we want to know: Would you want an inbound link to your site from a site that was hit hard by the Panda update? The floor is open!
  • The Myth of ‘Professional’ Twitter Accounts – Great advice on "keepin' it real" when leveraging social network profiles for a business (large or small).
  • Bing Rankings Cheat Sheet – Google is important but they aren’t the only player out there. According to recent numbers, Microsoft’s Bing now generates 30% of all U.S.A. searches (half Yahoo – which is Bing-powered and half from the web site.)  It’s becoming more important that you be sure your site is optimized for Bing.  So what does Bing look for?  Here’s a cheat sheet you can use to optimize your site for Bing.
  • An Ivy League pornographic playground – Stephen Chapman looks at the underbelly of some Ivy League College websites and how it's not what one would expect of them.
  • Google Introduces Official Search Blog – Inside Search – Google launches a new blog specifically for search including "regular updates on our algorithms and features."

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Hot On Sphinn: May 16 to May 22, 2011

This is the latest in a weekly look at the stories that were “hot” on Sphinn in the past week. We’ll post these recaps every week.

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