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    It's just been brought to my attention that too many incoming links from a single site may hurt you in Google's eyes. Also, if you have thousands of outgoing links you may also be docked. My sites all have thousands of pages and up until now I've just added links to my footer which results in thousands of links as a side effect.

    Maybe I shouldn't do this? What experiences do you have with this and what's the ideal number of incoming and outgoing links in a link partnership? How many is too many?

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    Disclaimer: Pure speculation follows.

    I doubt there's much to that, because a lot of major sites (both commerce and content) put links in their sitewide footers.

    If Google *has* put on such a penalty, I think they'll change their mind on it since so many big sites have sitewide links for perfectly legitimate reasons.
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    You make a good point, but those links may only be directing you inward towards the same domain. What if the links go to another domain alltogether?

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    Hi Snib,

    I was told that it's ok if you have links pointing to and from your sites as long as they are of relevance to what you are offering. We have a ton of people who want to place links with us, but at times have to turn them away due to either conflict of interest or just not having a product or service of releveance. I'm not sure as it seems today it's this way and tommorow it's that but I would just look to offer a few good links where you know you'll get a nice return in the end.

    Just my thoughts and best of luck,

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    On this point : <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR> Also, if you have thousands of outgoing links you may also be docked. <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

    Rubbish. Heard of Yahoo, Dmoz, Business.com. They seem to do OK.

    On this point: <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR> too many incoming links from a single site may hurt you in Google's eyes. <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

    Never tested it personally, but I've seen the value of multiple links from one site reduced for competitors. IE: The link value is from one link only, not however many hundreds of links you have on another site. So, no penalty here either - just not as much benefit as you might expect.

    <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>..it's ok if you have links pointing to and from your sites as long as they are of relevance to what you are offering <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

    Yeah, I've heard that too and it's true for Teoma. Don't see much evidence of it in Google. 'Relevance' is such a subjective term for this kind of thing. Let's say my site offers jewelry and I exchange links with a site selling t-shirts. Is that a relevant link ? After all, they are both connected by the fact that they offer online shopping.

    Let's also say I exchange links with an online casino. Is that relevant ? No ? What if the online casino was called 'Diamond Casino' and I sold diamond jewelry. Is that a relevant link ? Probably not to a casual human visitor, but to a search engine ? And may be there is a demographic association. Just for example, maybe people who play at online casinos have higher disposable incomes and also are more likely to buy diamond jewelry. Currently, these kind of relationships are a little too complex for search engines to figure out and develop accurate algos for.

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