Yes, I know backlinks are a well covered subject. However I wrote a hub on them in the most basic way possible answering the myriad of questions I had.
I'm sure there are errors in my hub since I'm learning new things every day. Is anyone able to just double check that I'm technically correct?
Please be nice!
I like your hub on backlinks and it clearly discusses what a backlink is.. Great work..
I read your blog, I have a few observations that you might find useful.
If it was the case that links from bad sites or neighborhoods danaged rankings, unscrupulous webmasters would simply link to their competitors from all sorts of FFA pages, banned domains spamblogs etc.
Google and MSN completely ignore nofollow links, Yahoo will follow the link and index the page but will not attribute any benefit to the target page, Ask follows the link and attributes the full benefit of the link to the target page.
Its PageRank not page rank
PageRank is determined by links and links alone, the age of the domain does not factor into this. A page that is not indexed can have PageRank because Google is aware of the links that point to it. A page that has PageRank will maintain it in full even if you exclude it in robots text.
Websites don’t have PageRank individual pages do. PageRank is calculated on a page by page basis based on the links that point to them directly not to the site in general.
Im no professional.
However, people need to determine the difference between PageRank (Reg TM Google) and SERP's.
Page Rank Vs SERP - Search Engine Results Position
Just to be clear..."PageRank" doesn't mean what position a link is given in search engine results. So if you Google the phrase "dog grooming", the order of the results returned is called "SERP" - Search Engine Results Position - not "PageRank". But a page with PR1 can be listed higher in Google results page (SERP) than a PR8 page if it matches other criteria in a manner that Google deems "better".
I dont know if this helps or adds to the discussion, but thought I would post it anyway.
I totally agree shazwellyn, it sometimes muddies the waters when page rank and PageRank are used interchangeably when discussing PageRank. In the context of this article the term IMO was wrongly used. it’s something that irks me probably a lot more than I should let it.
And yes PageRank plays only a very small part in how search engines score and rank pages.
Thank you both very much. I was sure I'd made at least a few errors - I get most of it but the "technical terms" do get me a bit confused sometimes!
I've just done another three hubs in the last couple of hours so I'll get into it tomorrow and some editing. Thanks again!
Peter could you please clarify a part I'm confused on -
You say each individual page has a seperate page rank. However writing the same article on hubpages and on a 0 page rank site will see the HP version ranked much higher in the SERP.
Is this because it's a subpage of hubpages.com which is PR6? Ok my thoughts get a little confused at this point...
I have no idea how professional I am, I have a good heart though. I am pretty far from being professional. I suspect that your explanation is the first one that I could actually understand. That's big. Learning curve for me is steep on the way up and then just levels off. I am at the incline. This just gave me a couple of steps forward. If the information is correct, this is going to be a flagship hub for information that is hard to understand. Great work.
Just to clarify a few minor points:
"A backlink is a link on someone else's site that leads to your own site or page." No. A backlink is just a link that leads to a site. I can own both the site I am backlinking to and the one I am backlinking from.
The terminology "organic traffic" and "search traffic" mean the same thing--any traffic that is not paid for.
I think Peter covered the other things. I was surprised that you didn't cover internal links at all, as they're just as important to your overall results.
It's PageRank not page rank.
HubPages is a trusted authority site so pages can rank well from the get go. That said, rankings often drop off quite quickly after the initial preference to fresh content wears of.
Although the Google Toolbar might show PR0 for your page, PageRank is calculated dynamically, which means, as soon as any page that links to it is indexed PageRank will be updated. However, toolbar PageRank reflected is only updated every three months, so you might have to wait some for it to catch up.
My professional opinion is I never try and write about something I know nothing about.
But you are correct in thinking that hubpages internal linking system is probably stronger than a random personal site. I did an experiment back in October. I wrote 2 similar articles - just for fun - no money to be made on these:
One I wrote here, the other on my personal blog. I did not do any backlinking - I relied solely on the fact that this was a "hot topic".
Relying solely on internal linking - my personal blog page is a PR1, but the hub page is a PR2.
Traffic wise - similar. Earning wise - nothing.
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