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Linking (and not hiding the fact) two of my websites together

Discussion in 'White Hat SEO' started by Silverbak, Nov 21, 2014.

  1. Silverbak

    Silverbak Junior Member

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    Does anyone happen to have an experience with linking two interrelated websites together on the menu bar (primarily for the traffic)? Large authority sites do practice this; Thekitchn and apartment therapy being one that I can think of off the top of my head. This is NOT technically against Google guidelines and Matt Cutts has even said its ok to do within certain parameters. However, what Matt says and what a manual reviewer (probably working under a quota) listens to/does are two different things.

    This is for two white hat sites (tinged with shades of grey). I wish I could combine the database (wordpress) as well so users would only have to log one time if they wished to post on either site but gave up on that idea - too many technical and security concerns. I do wish to keep the two sites separate both for branding and subject market - both cover related but different very large niches/markets that are separate enough to have their own domains but close enough to be linked together both in content, menu bar, and bottom/side bar related articles.

    Both are targeted for authority sites status over the course of the next few years unless I do something to get them penalized/banned.
     
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  2. misteryou.

    misteryou. Power Member

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    it was a bad idea for me when i linked 2 sites together, i didn't wanted to link for Seo purpose but because they where complements like for exemple science .com linking to ==> biologyscience .com
    Even with different host, the whois was enough as footprint but once again it was not for seo

    Several times i have been wondering how i could link those 2 sites !
    even if i could for exemple just post a twitter?facebook widget in the sidebar of the other profile
    (displaying twitter profile B in sidebar site A)
     
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    ThopHayt Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    Sounds like a horrible idea, but let us know what happens. I'm curious.
     
  4. davain

    davain Regular Member

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    I think it's a great idea....if you're pretty confident that neither of your sites will ever get penalized.

    If you practice mostly white hat, and the rest is just barely grey, go for it. The benefits are enormous but just remember that if one goes down, it's all finito.
     
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  5. Silverbak

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    I appreciate the responses from all. These two sites are currently both in the same webmasters account (not my only one - and have many other sites that aren't in WMT) and on the same hosting. The webmasters account has a total of 4 sites - two of which were/will be legit 301s to another - all three are aged domains with a non spammed (but not anything special) back link profiles. Basically I had two blogs on the same topic - found a much better domain name for branding purposes and 301ed one of the sites to the new domain and plan on merging the other domain (as well as the contents) into that as well.

    The fourth site is the one in question which is in the related niche. Same webmasters account, same hosting, not trying hide the sites are affiliated. Do I trust what Matt says (that this is ok)? Dunno.

    I've found a lot crazier stuff then this is some back link profiles of some authority sites (i.e. 301s from defunct ecommerce sites) but perhaps they slipped by when Google wasn't nearly as good as detecting stuff and then by the time Google further developed their algorithms they had enough authority not to be crushed. Dunno.

    Still haven't made up my mind - I'm risk intolerant with my baby authority sites. Around 200 posts on one and 50 on the other and most are 1500 - 2000 words long and some up to 10,000.
     
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  6. davain

    davain Regular Member

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    Since you are already doing a bunch of stuff with the sites, maybe you should hold off. When they become more authoritative then try it out.
     
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  7. Silverbak

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    Oh, one more key thing. If I did this (linked the two), I was planning a legit press release event. "XXX Blog establishes XXX2 Blog in order to better inform the market." Don't know if that would provide more legitimacy. I suppose I could no follow all of the links but that would just be plain stupid - no following yourself.

    If f'ng amazing that Google has the sway to tell you when and where you can/can't link to your own stuff. Really? Pisses you off if you think about it.
     
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    Zwielicht Moderator in Training Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    Well, if you are relying on Google for traffic, you have to abide by their TOS to continue using them for traffic. What's really disappointing is that because there aren't any viable alternatives since Google is practically running a monopoly (Bing and Yahoo are fine, but they don't have nearly as much traffic as Google), that means if Google decided that you could no longer use the word "red" in your articles, many webmasters would just have to omit the word red from all of their articles because Lord Google demands it.
     
  9. Techxan

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    If it really is just for the traffic, no follow the links, that's what it is for.

    If you want to interlink the site for ranking purposes, do it in the content by citing pages in the other site.

    Goofle webmasters guidelines specifically state that "excessive interlinking" is prohibited. This implies that non excessive interlinking is acceptable.

    I have personally used
    "greatwebsite.com: powered by reallycoolllwebsite.com"
    "Visit our sister site here: www.othersite.com"
    and "if you have hardwood floors, visit our hardwood flooring site here: XXX.com"

    without any problems.

    I do it right on the home page, in the footer for all the world to see, with no attempt to hide it.
     
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    I've been doing this for years. Never a problem in ranking either site because of it. Since the stores are somewhat related, I also get customers who found me from the other site they were at first.
     
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