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How important are links to the homepage for ranking inner pages?

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by Jack Torrance, Feb 5, 2015.

  1. Jack Torrance

    Jack Torrance Power Member

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    So I got a link to my site from a legitimately powerful site in my niche (built a relationship with the webmaster). They posted an article I sent them. The link they included points to my homepage though really I was going for an inner page term.

    My site structure is like:

    www.vehicles.com/cars/mustang
    www.vehicles.com/cars/fiesta
    www.vehicles.com/cars/f430

    Where I'm trying to rank all of the car keywords (ex. "mustang" "fiesta" "f430").

    How much impact will a powerful link to my homepage have in terms of improving the rank of my inner pages? Should I contact them and ask them to change the link to point to my most searched inner page instead or should I just leave it at the homepage link?

    It's actually the first link to my homepage. My other 15 or so all point to my inner pages.
     
  2. tony_d

    tony_d Elite Member

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  3. DeathGunSAO

    DeathGunSAO Newbie

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    hmm cant really tell how powerful it is if there's enough details
     
  4. Jack Torrance

    Jack Torrance Power Member

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    Lol yeah I want an F430 when I hit it big ;)

    What would you do in this situation? Reckon it's worth leaving the link to the homepage? Or would I be better off getting them to alter it to point to an inner page instead? Bear in mind I have no other links to my homepage, not sure if that matters or not.
     
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    I say it doesn't matter a great deal. A good link to your domain is a good link to your domain... just make sure the homepage flows to the inner page/s that you want to rank.

    And, because it's your first homepage link, it should help boost the other inner pages, too.
     
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  6. charto03

    charto03 Regular Member

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    I would go one step further with pagination and make it /ford/fiest /ford/mustang
    If you are getting good natural links let them come in and have good pages that all interlink and bring it all together.

    For example you should have a page for each car manufacturer:

    ACURA FORD BMW GM TOYOTA ETC..

    Then on each car page have a list of all the manufacturers model. Enough solid directory pages and some (not overdoing) interlinking combined with good links and you will be in good shape long term.
     
  7. accelerator_dd

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    I think you should leave it as it is. That happens all the time and I am sure the Google guys have had it in mind when tweaking their algos.
     
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    ThopHayt Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    OP: It will boost the baseline "trust" of your entire site if your homepage has a really powerful link. It essentially legitimizes you, though it may not translate into direct ranks now I feel it may effect how you're judged moving forward. Power to home page is never bad.
     
  9. leo29

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    Linking only to homepage would make your site look unnatural. Building links to innerpages makes it look like all you inner pages are good enough that people are linking to them. But if you think it is a very powerful backlink and if you want to share that backlink power to 3 inner pages, link it to home page.