Site Wide Links?

Jarrod Hunt recently stated

My observations show that those with a low percentage of unique backlinks when compared to the total # of backlinks are doing very poorly in these updates.

Many SEO experts I have been talking with prefer to host a presell page on the other site which is linked to from every page on that site. They then make that page sematically related to their site and link that page to various related pages on their site. Some people are also even throw a few other links to authority sites on those pages.

I believe at Chicago SES Jon Glick stated that each site only gives 1 vote. Algorithms such as Google's Hilltop also deweight nepotistic links. If search engines only want to count 1 vote per site or related site owner why not make that vote as strong as it can possibly be?

Do you still get many sitewide links? What is your prefered method to build links?

Published: February 20, 2005 by Aaron Wall in seo tips


December 19, 2005 - 12:21am

About presell page.
Is about 3 years that i make business with some page like all in
All the page are top on SERP and i can't link that page by all the other pages but only by one or two, sematically related, in my web site.

Is that page presell page?

February 16, 2007 - 5:36pm

Well I don't think site wide links help, but I am about to find out for my self, I came up to a competitive key term on the 2nd page on Google, and I have a site wide link with over 6,000 pages, now I just canceled my subscription, I'm going to see what effect this has :)

JACL Webmaster
August 29, 2007 - 3:33pm


What is your take on sites that link back to your home page and six sub pages. Doesn't that look unnatural to the search engines to perhaps punish you? Seems very similar to the site wide concept.

August 29, 2007 - 6:21pm

You can always test it JACL, but in my experience getting a number of links from the same site is fine.

February 21, 2005 - 10:38pm

"Presell pages" - a new phrase is born. You saw it here first folks :)

February 21, 2005 - 11:02pm

Hi Aaron,

Just putting on a black hat for a minute, based on what you've said you could easily hurt a competitor's rankings by linking to their home page with a few large site wide links from large sites. This would destroy their deep link ratio, and also destroy the percentage of unique backlinks. To make sure that they don't gain benefits in Yahoo or MSN, simply use irrelevant anchor text in the links. (Who knows, the irrelevant anchor text could harm them even further in Google).

Opens up a whole new world of threats if you can harm a competitor like this.

February 22, 2005 - 7:06am

Hi Todd
actually I think the presell page is something others have said before. I am not that original ;)

Hi Michael
people can still 302 redirect and do all kinds of nasty stuff. Not that long ago people were even able to remove others sites from the Google index.

There are a lot of things you could do to hurt competitors sites, just that most people are not dubious and / or competitive enough to do them.

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