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Article Link in Contributor/Subdirectory vs. Home Page?

Discussion in 'White Hat SEO' started by worldatlarge, Dec 10, 2014.

  1. worldatlarge

    worldatlarge Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    Hi there, I've read that getting your link in an article on the home page of an authority site (like a news site, etc.) is better than an article hidden away in a subdirectory like a contributing author's blog directory.

    That makes sense to me, but here are my questions:


    • Most articles on the home page of a real authority site only stay there a few days, or even a few hours for big news sites. What kind of "change" in link power does this drop create? Does Google say "Oh, they were on the home page for a day, so it is still really important, so I will still give them full credit even though they've dropped off into some subdirectory." Or does Google say "Oooops, they were on the home page for a few hours, but now they're down in some directory, so they won't be getting much link juice from me!"


    • When looking at statistics for websites, most websites have a domain authority that is significantly higher than the page authority of any single page, even the page authority of the home page. That being said, does it really matter if your article/link is on the home page? Does Google give special consideration to a link on the home page, even if the page authority of the home page is significantly lower than the domain authority?


    Thank you!
     
  2. sajeneika

    sajeneika Junior Member

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    Backlinks are much stronger in home page, that's why people with PBN's chose themes which don't hide posts under "read more" link.
     
  3. worldatlarge

    worldatlarge Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    Yes, I have read that a lot. Obviously with a PBN you can put a link to your website on the home page and KEEP it there... indefinitely.

    But what if I can get a link to my website placed into an article on a real authority site. These type sites only keep articles on the home page for a short time.... like news sites, etc...

    So would getting a "home page link" on a real authority site even matter, since it will soon be dropped off as new articles are written? So, is it all the same to get a link in a subdirectory (like a contributing author's blog, etc.)
     
  4. worldatlarge

    worldatlarge Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    Any other opinions out there?
     
  5. excaliber299

    excaliber299 Newbie

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    Domain Authority is always better than page authority. Domain authority counts best at the homepage
     
  6. skyflash

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    Google credits higher for links or content which we can find on the homepage and lower when they moved into internal pages, but sites with High PR always get a higher value for their internal pages, a good example is wikipedia.
     
  7. jahbuzor

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    Alright worldatlarge, let me answer your questions one after the other:

    Answer:It creates so much change in link power because the value of the link(s) will be drastically reduced.

    Answer: NO WAY! Google doesn't work with the past. They work with the PRESENT. Where your link resides now is all that matters to them.

    Answer: EXACTLY!

    Answer: Yes it does. Remember, the homepage tends to carry the highest weight PR wise and it's page authority is the highest when compared to other pages on the website.

    Answer: Yes is the answer.


    BOTTOM LINE:

    If you can get a link on the homepage of an authority site GREAT! But if you can't GREAT still. What matters is the domain itself the link is resident. If the domain authority is high and has high PR (Google hasn't updated their PR for some time now, but it's still important though) then, it doesn't matter where the link/article reside because at some point in time, some juice will be passed from the homepage to the sub page/sub-directory itself.
     
  8. upstarter

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    Interesting. This means more cleaning up for me so that posts don't get buried deep. Working on it right now.