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Contextual Internal Link vs. Sidebar Internal Link or Use Both?

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by hockmasm, Feb 2, 2016.

  1. hockmasm

    hockmasm Regular Member

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    I installed a wordpress plugin called Deep Silo. It automatically creates links in a sidebar widget for pages and posts that are within a silo so that no cross linking is done between separate silos.

    I have one money page in the silo. I have three related articles in the silo. In each article, I created a contextual link to the money page using the target keyword. However, the link to the money page is also in the sidebar widget due to the Deep Silo plugin. The link is the title of the money page which includes my keywords.

    My question is, do I need to add in the contextual links within the related articles that point to my money page? Or is the sidebar widget good enough? Or, is having both best practice?
     
  2. emerica1184

    emerica1184 Regular Member

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    All I can give it some anecdotal evidence. It seems like the forum would suggest that it's contextual or bust, however my competitors top 5 backlinks are his PBN, all have the same theme, and all have only links in sidebar. Would he be ranking better if it was contextual? You be the judge.
     
  3. hockmasm

    hockmasm Regular Member

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    I'm asking about internal linking on the same website. Not backlinks from an outside website.
     
  4. Sristy

    Sristy Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    Internal linking for a huge site is best done through contextual in article links. However for smaller sites sidebar linking with some real time linking from within the article.
     
  5. dakkidb

    dakkidb Junior Member

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    Deep silo was created by network empire right ? they recommended back in 2013 to link from sidebar menus and contextual is optional. Nowadays you should definitely link through the content ! So the answer is : both (link through the content AND sidebar to give SEO + EASE OF USE for your visitors).
     
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    asap1 BANNED BANNED Jr. VIP

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    Linking in the article will pass more link juice then a sidebar link.
     
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    wawka13 Newbie

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    Linking via footer, sidebars and navbar is just 10% of internal linking. The real art is to create contextual links with right anchors to right selling pages. And there are no certain recipes here, only testing and data analysis will help you.
     
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    Contextual links are much better than sidebar internal links. This is to avoid over-optimization.