I just shudder at the thought

I just shudder at the thought about that... Linking is what ALL the web is about: This is why it's called WEB! The fact that some people are actually afraid of linking to someone now is total nonsense and it's actually very sad!

I just shudder at the thought

I just shudder at the thought about that... Linking is what ALL the web is about: This is why it's called WEB! The fact that some people are actually afraid of linking to someone now is total nonsense and it's actually very sad!

Mathematically, he's not

Mathematically, he's not wrong. If you have a rubbish site with a few links in and 12 gazillion links out, then, yes, it could do bad things to your magical 'page rank' number, as there wont be enough left to flow through your own site, which is how most of the page rank reaches your inner pages.

But thats not how the net is supposed to work; linking out is supposed to show you are a valuable part of the 'net' part of the internet. So if you did the same thing from a good site, you should find that linking out more is bringing you more backlinks so you have a net win.

So this isnt something that worries me :)

Mathematically, he's not

Mathematically, he's not wrong. If you have a rubbish site with a few links in and 12 gazillion links out, then, yes, it could do bad things to your magical 'page rank' number, as there wont be enough left to flow through your own site, which is how most of the page rank reaches your inner pages.

But thats not how the net is supposed to work; linking out is supposed to show you are a valuable part of the 'net' part of the internet. So if you did the same thing from a good site, you should find that linking out more is bringing you more backlinks so you have a net win.

So this isnt something that worries me :)

Mathematically, he's not

Mathematically, he's not wrong. If you have a rubbish site with a few links in and 12 gazillion links out, then, yes, it could do bad things to your magical 'page rank' number, as there wont be enough left to flow through your own site, which is how most of the page rank reaches your inner pages.

But thats not how the net is supposed to work; linking out is supposed to show you are a valuable part of the 'net' part of the internet. So if you did the same thing from a good site, you should find that linking out more is bringing you more backlinks so you have a net win.

So this isnt something that worries me :)

Bill have you moderated a

Bill have you moderated a forum with over 9,000 thread starts and over 20,000 post replies a month?  Impossible to know what is always relevant or not.  This move by Google (if actually done) is ridiculous.

Bill have you moderated a

Bill have you moderated a forum with over 9,000 thread starts and over 20,000 post replies a month?  Impossible to know what is always relevant or not.  This move by Google (if actually done) is ridiculous.

Bill have you moderated a

Bill have you moderated a forum with over 9,000 thread starts and over 20,000 post replies a month?  Impossible to know what is always relevant or not.  This move by Google (if actually done) is ridiculous.

Bill have you moderated a

Bill have you moderated a forum with over 9,000 thread starts and over 20,000 post replies a month?  Impossible to know what is always relevant or not.  This move by Google (if actually done) is ridiculous.

You end up being like webmasterworld

The problem with heavily controled UGC is that you end up like webmasterworld. While there is some good information there. There isn't the free flow of thinking that will end up having some huge insight. While I love WMW and I have been lurker there for many many years. You just get the feeling that the same old people are going over the same old stuff. But that is because they have a heavy focus on trying to keep the forum properly SEO'd aswell as talking about SEO issues.

While WMW has pretty SEO for a forum that control on the actual SEO stimies good discussion.