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    Link To Your Own Sites?
    Let's say you have 10 affiliate websites for sake of using a nice even number.

    Would it be a good idea or bad idea to have all of your websites link to each other?

    Or would that idea end up in the Worst Mistake You Ever made thread?

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    The way i think about this is that if you're talking about 1 link in the body of a page of blog post, it's a decent idea. Especially if it's relevant.

    However, crosslinking through Footer lists and things like that really have no positive SEO benefits, as I understand it. Especially if all the sites are on the same server, IP, etc.

    You can get some curious human beings clicking through though.
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    First, link your sites as relevant and not considering whether it is good SEO. Is it good for your visitors?

    Second, if they are related, go ahead and link. If you have hundreds of irrelevant sites on the same server interlinking, the SEs will figure it out and give you less "juice". If your links are part of a linking relationship that is appropriate you can pass yourself some good link juice from your established sites to your new sites. If they are all new you aren't going to help yourself any.

    In either case you still need good backlinks from sites you don't own
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    It depends. If the sites have related themes, then cross-linking makes sense. If they aren't related, it makes less sense, and search engines may view "irrelevant links" with suspicion.

    For example, if I had three related musical-instrument sites (e.g. WelchViolins.com, WelchCellos.com, and WelchSheetMusic.com) then it would make perfect sense to cross-link the sites.

    But if I had three unrelated sites (WelchViolins.com, WelchOfficeDesks.com, and WelchToeRings.com) then the only reason to cross-link would be in hopes of transferring "link juice," and if the search-engine algorithms reach that conclusion they may penalize your sites.

    Certainly, if you have an "about us" page or a general links page on your site, it might make sense to list the other properties you own.

    Of course, some web publishers prefer not to publicize or promote the common ownership of multiple sites, especially if they are truly unrelated.

    One obvious concern is that if you make a mistake that results in a penalty being applied, you would certainly prefer that only one or a few of your sites be penalized, not all of them.

    In the past, when I operated dozens of niche-product-themed domains (2001-2005), I frequently cross-linked, and sometimes even cross-linked sites that were completely unrelated (usually via a common footer that included links to 10 or 20 sites). I certainly would NOT do that (cross-link sites that aren't related) today, and I think I would maintain more distinct separation between marginally-related sites.

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    Quote Originally Posted by loxly View Post
    In either case you still need good backlinks from sites you don't own
    Well that's just not going to happen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SeymourButts View Post
    Well that's just not going to happen.
    Really? With Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Digg et al out there you don't think you can back links? What about commenting on blogs?

    In my Google Webmaster Tools, I see links from most of those sources out there. While they aren't the Holy Grail links that really put a page over the top, they draw spiders, and more importantly, people.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kevin View Post
    Really?
    Yes, really!

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    Most of my sites link back to my company website and I get some traffic from that. But for SEO purposes there are a lot of factors that are included (same server, content, ect).
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    Quote Originally Posted by SeymourButts View Post
    Yes, really!
    Ok. I guess I must be missing something
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kevin View Post
    Ok. I guess I must be missing something
    It goes without saying I am always missing the boat on something.

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    For a long time, I've had links between my sites. But not from all of them to all of them; there are some links that go in one direction only, and some sites that don't get linked to each other. This is not for SEO purposes so much as human purposes; I want people to make connections between some sites but not others.
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