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    Link Washing?


    I am wondering, now that we are living in the post Jagger world where relevant links count for much more, if anyone has though about link washing (this is just a term I made up, although somebody has probably already taken it ;) ). Anyway the idea is this:

    Original link structure
    SITE A about Dogs links to SITE C about Cats (non relevant one way link).

    Link washed structure
    SITE A about Dogs links to SITE B about Cats and Dogs which then links to SITE C about Cats (now a relevant one way link),

    This way your off-topic incoming links become on topic. If you wanted to be really tricky you could have some else register SITE B.

    Any thoughts?
    Last edited by Ill Dilettante; Dec 2nd, 2005 at 06:31 PM.
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    Sounds complicated. I would just swap links with relevant sites.

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    • Noj agrees : thats my policy now
    • brandall agrees : Simplicity.... now there's a concept ;-)
    • Cygnus agrees : Correct. SEOs that only concern themselves with theory rarely get anything done. Do what feels right and don't worry about what the engines are doing one week to the next.
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    Depending on your area it is not always easy to find relevant link partners. In my own area it is almost impossible because none of my competitor sites are actively SEOing so they are not interested in swapping links.
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    That would be good news for you
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    How is this different to 3-way/triangular linking?
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    Unfortunately not as most of my competitor sites are universities with trillions of backlinks
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    Originally Posted by big-bad-burrow
    How is this different to 3-way/triangular linking?
    Because there is no back link from SITE C to SITE A. The point is not to turn reciprocals into one way links, but to turn non-related links into related links.
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    That's what 3 way linking is. Site A links to Site B, Site C links to A
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    Originally Posted by big-bad-burrow
    That's what 3 way linking is. Site A links to Site B, Site C links to A
    I understand what three way linking is - what I have described is not three way linking because there is no link from SITE C to A!

    Rather than argue about three way linking, does anyone think link washing would work and if not why not?
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    Well it's not really a new linking system you've thought of as far as I can see, essentially it's just three sites linked together in a chain:

    Site A (dog) -> Site B (cats/dogs) -> Site C (cats)

    Where does Site A get any benefit?
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    Originally Posted by big-bad-burrow
    Well it's not really a new linking system you've thought of as far as I can see, essentially it's just three sites linked together in a chain:

    Site A (dog) -> Site B (cats/dogs) -> Site C (cats)

    Where does Site A get any benefit?
    I am not suggesting SITE A gets any benefit from this, it is all about SITE C. The purpose is to turn a non-relevant one way link into a relevant one way link by putting another site in between SITE A and C.
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    Sounds like a whole lot of work for an indirect link. Better to spend your efforts getting direct links IMO.
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    Originally Posted by Bernard
    Sounds like a whole lot of work for an indirect link. Better to spend your efforts getting direct links IMO.
    I agree it is more work. The question is will it work to turn non-relevant links into relevant links?
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    Originally Posted by Ill Dilettante
    I am wondering, now that we are living in the post Jagger world where only relevant links count, ...
    First, the above statement is simply not true. I've got an online handbag store. Anyone out there with a couple of PR8 sites about, say education, life insurance or any other non-shopping, non-womens related topic that wants to point some "worthless" links my way, let me know ;-)

    Second, to your question, yes it will "work". You will get value out of the rel event link (site B) to you (site c). You MIGHT even get more value than you would have from a link from the non-rel event site (site A). The feedback you are hearing above is basically stating the obvious - it is more work than it is probably worth. But if you are convinced you have no other way to get rel event links, then go for it. But if I had a buck for every time a client told me they couldn't get rel event links, I could retire. I have yet to find a site for which that was true.

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    Thanks Brandall for actually answering the question

    I agree that links from non-relivant site are not worthless just that they have been downgraded. I think you would agree that a relevant link from a PR8 site would be worth more than a non-relevant link from PR8 site. The question is a relevant link from a PR5 site now worth more than a link from a non-relevant PR7 site?

    It is possible in my area to get links from related areas (I actually have quite a few), what is difficult is to get enough links to compete against large .edu sites. Most of my competitors are not real competitors (in the sense that we are selling the same services and products), just competitors for google ranking with my preferred search term. Such is the problem of some areas
    Last edited by Ill Dilettante; Dec 2nd, 2005 at 07:21 PM.
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