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What to do with a broken linkwheel

Discussion in 'White Hat SEO' started by sizogee, Jul 23, 2009.

  1. sizogee

    sizogee Newbie

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    I made a review-type site for some CB products and made three linkwheels for it. Two wheels have six spokes and one had eight.

    One of the spokes on the 8-spoke wheel ranked higher than my target site, so I slightly rewrote and copied the content of my main site to it.

    That lasted about 24 hours. Now it's suspended, having yielded no sales. Meh. Seemed like a good idea at the time :p

    So I now have a linksnake. Or a linkstick. What would you do with it? Just patch it into a 7-spoke wheel and leave it? Fill in the missing spoke? Combine it with one (or both) of the other wheels?

    I'm not greatly concerned about this, btw. I just curious to know what you guys would do.
     
  2. Micallef

    Micallef Supreme Member

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    I would probably plug the gap with another web 2.0, but yes, you could just as easily join up the loose ends to make a slightly smaller wheel.

    Quick side note, I have a question for you. It seems very popular to build multiple linkwheels around a single keyword, like you have done. I usually just make a single huge wheel up to 24 sites (although I am experimenting with other designs)

    It's just not immediately clear to me what the benefit of having 3 mini wheels is, as opposed to one large wheel. Why do you choose this strategy?
     
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  3. sizogee

    sizogee Newbie

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    There's no particular reason. Lurking around here I saw arguments for making many small wheels and arguments for one big wheel. It seemed more natural to me to start small and combine them into larger linkwheels over time if I wanted.

    I think small wheels are popular in part because it's quick and easy to fire one off before bed. Set it and forget it. And if you have four six-spoked wheels and one site disappears, you still have three functional wheels. With a 24-spoke wheel, one missing spoke breaks the entire wheel.

    I would bet a 23-part linksnake is almost as effective as a 24-spoke linkwheel, but it's psychologically satisfying to have these things in complete wheels :p

    Oh, and I think there's a fear that Google will mark a site as crap, and everything it touches gets tainted, thereby tainting the entire wheel. I doubt this fear is rational, but it crossed my mind.

    Again -- no rhyme or reason for me choosing small wheels, but I think the reason they are more popular are primarily psychological.
     
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