Linking Oddities That Ripley Would Like
Ahhh, the strangeness that is links.
This week’s column will hopefully spark some questions, answer a few others, and also point out some weird linking related phenomena, beginning with two examples:
- If this search is correct, Google indexes a little over (Use Dr. Evil voice) 1 billion pages from the Yahoo.com family of domains.
- But, if this search is correct, Yahoo only indexes 521 million of its own pages.
Can it be true that Google indexes more of Yahoo’s content than Yahoo! does, and if so, why and WTF?
This means Google’s bots are nicer.
Anchor text is my sore spot. Hate it. Overrated as on/off site signal, and always has been, especially in spammy verts with no solid IBLs. People sell anchor text linking services. Some are based in other countries. Why would I think this? Because of this search.
Over 18,000 use the anchor text “Please to click“? Really? Imagine how they’d mangle a keyword. Probably wouldn’t? Wrong. Have a look. I love this. Vigra? That’s just plain funny. Or intentional. Either way, it’s anchor text at it’s worst.
So, Google announced they weren’t going to keep throwing DMOZ a bone (below)
Is anyone really shocked?
With Yahoo now practically hiding it’s directory, and Business.com shutting down, what does this say about general all-encompassing Web directories when the big three aren’t considered front page properties? Two words: Vertical. Curated.
Hurricane Irene has raised a ruckus up and down the East coast. You’d think there would be lots of articles about hurricane preparedness, and you’d be correct.
And what does that search tell you about article directories? I’ve got the word “article” in my three word search term, and still, they can’t rank. Shouldn’t an article directory (if it is of any use), be able to rank somewhere when the word article is used in the search string?
But wait. Here’s another search. There they are. So the more spammy the vertical, the more crap Google will serve you? I like it. This seems so obvious as a way to vet where you submit content. Use it.
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