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    Internal Linking Structure - size? , spam?


    I have a linking structure which is starting to get very large.

    here is an example:

    The linking structure extends right the way down the left hand of the page.

    We are creating more and more pages everyday, and are adding more links to the link structure daily.
    To avoid having too many links on each page, we are thinking of whether or not to break up the link structure, say in to thirds, and display on a third of the site,


    All hemorrhoids links only on hemorrhoids pages.
    All warts links only on warts pages,
    and so on.

    We have excellent rankings for many of these pages.....will lessening the amount of pages that link on the page, but at the same time providing more anchortext value due to lower links on each page HARM us??
    Is it risky to make these changes.? Will we drop in rankings?

    I would greatly appreciated, Any light anyone can spread on to this situation. And would like to know as much about internal linking, and when it is starting to become overdone, as possible.

    Thank you All!
    Last edited by goffel; Feb 21st, 2006 at 03:48 AM. Reason: added additionalo question
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    Depth of content is as important as breadth of content

    1. depth - pages NOT reachable from the mainpage without clicking on a subsequent page.

    2. breadth - pages that ARE reachable from the mainpage as well as all subsequent pages.

    It is important to keep "related" pages in their own hierarchy [similar to a directory and the breadcrumb trails].

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