Pages that link to MyBodyComp:
Fiction: Joining a link exchange or "free-for-all" link program will
boost my rankings.
Fact: Linking schemes do not increase a given site's PageRank, and
will often do a site more harm than good.
The problem appears to reciprocal links. Nobody outside of Google's
inner core know how they can tell, but I can make at guess at what
they look for:
1. Pages with certain phrases that suggest link exchanging
2. Different sites that have the same links and wording on their links
3. Is a site linked to from directories and/or normal web pages, or do
the links only appear on links pages?
By looking at the pages that link to you I found the following pages
that have link-swapping phrases:
"Swap links with us"
These two links pages have identical wording, albeit in a different
The only pages that link to your site are very long links pages.
Some of the other sites that appear on the link pages also have a PR
of zero, and are probably in the same situation as you:
Get as many genuine links as you can. A good start is Open Directory
and Yahoo, although Yahoo will charge you $299 per year.
One of the sites in the above category has disappeared. Check out the
sites that link to it, and if you find some good sites, send them an
email letting them know that the link to Myotech no longer works, and
perhaps they might want to replace it with a link to your site.
I've written more on the topic here:
Look at the other sites in that category, and see who links to them -
this will give you an idea of what to do. Compare the number of
incoming links, the quality of the links, and the PageRank of each
(Note that most of them have a good PR because they appear in Open
Directory, which Google uses for its directory)
Email every site that currently links to you and ask them to remove
the link. When they have, re-submit your site to Google. When you have
some quality links pointing to your web site, re-submit again, and
also submit the pages that are linking to yours.
Request for Answer Clarification by
08 Mar 2003 07:50 PST
Thanks for your answer. I do need a little clarification on
something, if you don't mind.
You have stated that the reason that I am getting a PR0 is because the
pages that link to me could be considered to be "link swapping" sites.
However, this cannot be the case. On Google's "Facts & Fiction" page
(://www.google.com/webmasters/facts.html) they state:
"There is almost nothing a competitor can do to harm your ranking or
have your site removed from our index. Your rank and your inclusion
are dependent on factors under your control as a webmaster, including
content choices and site design."
I obviously have no control over links pointing to my site - so these
should not be a factor in determining my Page Rank. Otherwise, all
I'd have to do is submit my competitor's URL to a bunch of link farms
and their PR would go to 0.