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Do multiple links to another page count?

Do multiple links to another page count? - answered by Matt Cutts

Summary:

According to the original PageRank formula – they do count, but you shouldn't be worrying about that much level of detail. Instead – spend your time creating content that so great that will naturally attract excellent links and then all that amount of PageRank will naturally flow. There are a couple of common sense optimizations you can do: link logo images to the homepage, make sure you can reach any important page by clicking no more than 3-4 times from any other page, create a good navigation etc.

 

Matt's answer:

If we add more than one link from page A to page B, do we pass more PageRank juice and additional anchor text info? Do links from A to A count?

 

You probably shouldn’t be worrying about it at this level. Let’s go back to the original formulation of PageRank as published by Larry way back in the day. PageRank, the way that you compute it is – you take all the incoming PageRank (and now you have PageRank at a page, a certain amount of it evaporates or decays, but don’t worry about that, that just makes it so that everything converges) and then you say, “given the number of out links to this page, take the remaining PageRank and divide it by that”. If I have four out links, the PageRank that’s left on that page will be divided by four, and the PageRank will flow equally across each one of those links.

 

Now the question is: what will happen if two of the links go to page B and two go to other places? The answer is, at least according to the original formulation in the PageRank paper, both of those links would flow PageRank. I’m not going to get into anchor text, but both of those links would flow PageRank. And so twice as much PageRank would flow through that link. That’s the way that things worked in the original PageRank. The other part of the question was: does a link from A to A (self-loop) count? The answer is – in the original formulation of PageRank, yes it does count.

 

Concentrate on great content instead of PageRank sculpting

 

If you’re thinking about that level of minor amount of PageRank sculpting, you’re probably not spending your time in the most effective way at the point where you’re trying to say: “how can I get as much PageRank as possible? How can I hoard my PageRank, or recirculate it through my site?” or something along those lines. That’s probably not as effective as concentrating on making great content that a lot of people will link to, so you get more PageRank, and then it just flows naturally throughout your site.

 

There are a couple of common sense things you can do. If you have your site, and you have a little logo up on the top left or something like that, making sure that if you click on that logo, you go to the root page, that’s just good for users. That’s good navigation. That’s a very nice thing to do. If you have pages that you think are important on your site, don’t bury them 15 links deep within your site, and I’m not talking about directory link. I’m talking about when you actually have to click through 15 links to find that page. If there’s a page that is important, or that has great profit margins, or converts really well, escalate that. Put a link to that page from your root page. That’s the sort of thing where it can make a lot of sense, because your user lands on a page, they find a product they’re interested in, they convert, they buy, that sort of thing.

 

Worry a little bit more about content that’s really compelling

 

Worrying about how to ideally formulate the site to get the maximum amount of PageRank circulating, to keep all the PageRank, and to maximize all the internal anchor text and that kind of thing, it’s safe to assume that we’re looking at ways to make sure that all that PageRank, if everybody were hoarding it, it wouldn’t do anybody any good. We look at mathematical, and algorithmic, and different ways to make sure that you don’t get that much benefit by paying that much attention to PageRank sculpting. So I absolutely would emphasize, rather than worrying about issues like that, worry a little bit more about how to make something that’s really compelling, some content that people love, because that’s the sort of thing that attracts the links in the first place, rather than worrying about the second order effect of what can I do with my PageRank once I have got it.


by Matt Cutts - Google's Head of Search Quality Team

 

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