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Link Popularity Vs Se Saturation
Posted 19 August 2003 - 08:20 PM
As I am another student of Jill's, had to come here to look for answers. Wow!
The forum was just launched in the newsletter not so long ago and look at it now.
My question is this. I research sites to find places to put links. A couple of tools I use check link popularity and search engine saturation. I just ran a group of related sites and the results were a bit confusing.
Site 1. Link Pop: 8576
SE Sat : 11
Site 2. Link Pop: 9244
SE Sat: 12
My Site: Link Pop: 157
SE Sat: 215
Since sites 1&2 are related and part of a group of about 120 sites are they all linking to each other to get the high number in popularity?
How about some opinions here, which number means more to the gang here?
IMO the sites that show up in the engines are better advertisements than a bunch of sites that link together.
Posted 19 August 2003 - 08:39 PM
Could you clarify your question a little bit? I've never heard of Search Engine Saturation, so I don't understand what that means. I obviously don't use the same software you do. Could you explain what the numbers are supposed to mean, as the software explains it, so that we could maybe analyze the results a little better with you?
Posted 19 August 2003 - 08:48 PM
Bob, based on the data you're presenting, your conclusion makes sense, but your data doesn't tell me everything. I don't know how Jill would feel about you posting the URLs, but feel free to PM me with them.
Posted 19 August 2003 - 09:31 PM
After a little more research I found this.
Search Engine Saturation represents the number of pages from a domain name indexed by the search engines. Analyzing the report you build using xxxxx's tools will show how many of your pages are currently available to be searched in 5 of the leading search engines (Fast, AltaVista, Google, Hotbot, Northern Light). As an example, www.xxxxx.com has about 455 pages indexed between the 5 engines while www.coke.com has about 36 pages indexed.
The results of the SE Index do not reflect ranking, but rather the number of available pages from a domain that can potentially be part of the results of a related search.
Link popularity refers to the number of pages that contain a link to your domain. So using our example, xxxxx.com would have about 3,704 web pages that contain a link to www.xxxxx.com and www.coke.com would have about 29,219 pages with a link pointing to that domain. This does not reflect ranking.
Having a high link popularity number (assuming those pages linking to you are quality sites) will help your ranking with search engines like Google. A high index count means that you have more pages available for the engines to consider when building its search results. The two numbers are not tied together. They are both unique ways to understand your availability and popularity online.
This is one of those things if you look too hard you can't see nuthin!
My take on this now is these sites only have a couple of pages indexed, and not much content, but they have a bunch of links to each other.
This is not the type of quality site I am looking for to get a link. Those big numbers in link popularity are confusing, but i guess if you look hard enough you find the answers.
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