__/ [wd] on Monday 24 October 2005 05:39 \__
> On Mon, 24 Oct 2005 01:54:43 +0100, Roy Schestowitz wrote:
>> So it seems as though reciprocal links in one way or another being
>> penalised. This has many unfortunate implications. It also appears as
>> though it's here to stay.
> There were some interesting things mentioned on this page that you
> It said that the lower you drop, the higher you will end up after the
> update? I'm not so sure about that... but I hope it's true :)
Wishful thinking. The harder you bang your head against the wall, the more
clever you wind up. (not /you/ personally)
> I'm not sure if reciprocal links are being penalized because I checked a
> couple of top ranked sites for certain keywords and they have mostly
> reciprocal links.
I would still argue that people whom I know, including figures who are In-
ternet-savvy, choose to do this. Take for example:
It may take you a while to find this, but they have several domains regis-
tered under their name and they stick with the same Web host. They simply
distribute identities or projects sensibly and then inter-link.
> Reciprocal linking is not always bad. Say you have a business and
> you want to network with some other businesses -- "you send customers to
> me, and I'll send customers to you" -- a site may list those cooperating
> businesses on the site with reciprocal links. It's legitimate and
> shouldn't be penalized.
...Unless, of course, something else is evading us here: a missing factor
or an incomplete algorithm execution. [see below]
> The update still has a couple of weeks to go...
Is that so? Bourbon had some similar effects (some win temporarily and
some sob), but it was not a periodic update, but more of a patch or a
strategic transition. Are Google not telling us something?
I am regaining a glimmer of hope as I can observe that:
-Not a single PR change could be observed in my sites, not even within
deeper pages. I see changes (motion) in other people's sites on the con-
-Datacentres are back to minus ones. This time around, _everything_ leads
to a uniform pattern of minus ones. I checked about a dozen domains in-
cluding msn.com and it all appears worse then it did when the update
started (based on 2 distinct SEO tools). All the sites which I tried show
the same pattern and it's as if each and every datacentre refuses en-
So, it seems clear that the update is not finished yet. Who know what hap-
pens at he end. Those not directly affected by the update should consider
themsleves very fortunate.
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