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Posted 27 September 2003 - 03:40 AM
Does adding a web ring to a page affect the ranking, ie do links count as 'inbound'?
It is a question i have often wondered, and i think that the webring , although frowned on by many , has a place in marketing on the web.
Geographically webrings are great, especially for tourism, oops here i go off on one again lol
Please put an old Welsh Guy out of his misery, (no i don't want you to shoot me) just help me solve this question that has popped into my head every now and again
Posted 27 September 2003 - 08:27 AM
It depends. If you are talking about a banner that says 'Visit more sites on our Happy Vacation webring' which then redirects you to another member site, more than likely it is a dynamic link that can't be followed. Therefore, no PR passes.
I haven't looked into webrings in years, so I have no idea how the linking mechanism works- it is possible that it can be followed but I doubt it. To be sure, look up the backlinks of some of the member sites on the webring you want to join and see if the other member sites are listed as backlinks.
A better solution (and more appealing to your visitors) is a related sites page that lists all the sites they might want to visit. Then they can pick for themselves instead of guessing at where a webring banner might deliver them.
Posted 27 September 2003 - 08:54 AM
Instead it's usually something like a section of a page that announces it's part of a ring, then includes text links to other member sites, which seems perfectly harmless to me, as long as the member sites aren't the only sites it links to.
Sorry, I don't have any examples of that, but I believe that's what I've been seeing.
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