Google Can Process More Than a 100 Links Per Page

Oct 29, 2008 • 7:51 am | comments (5) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Google Search Engine Optimization
 

There has always been this myth that Google and other search engines cannot crawl or process more than 100 links on a single web page or document. That truth is that Google and other search engines can and do crawl over 100 links per page.

Yes, the Google Webmaster Guidelines page says keep it under 100 links per page. But the reason behind Google adding that as a guideline is for usability purposes. Typically, a web page with over a 100 links can be extremely cumbersome for your users. So if you keep the number of navigational options to a bear minimum, your user will appreciate it.

Now we have a Googler even telling us the truth on this matter. In a Google Groups thread, Googler, JohnMu, clearly stats Google can handle 100 or more links per page. He said:

Just for the record, we can process more than 100 links per page :-). We do however recommend the limit of 100 because it generally makes sense for users (and search engines).

This probably comes to no surprise to most SEOs and webmasters, but it is good to have this from the horses mouth (so to speak).

Forum discussion at Google Groups.

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Comments:

steve

10/29/2008 09:00 pm

I always figured the "100 link rule" was to avoid looking like spam and not so much that the engines can't crawl it.

Giambattista Marcucci

12/07/2008 01:53 pm

Ok, but I'm sill wondering if circa 130 links in a page will make my link directory usable. I guess, it depends on the graphic design. Mine seems to me extremely easy to read, while other web sites have pages with only 10 links but they are a nightmare for the user. Here is my link directory page (with 123 links), http://www.mbirafon.com/file/resources.html Please let me know your opinions. Thanks, giambattista

Giambattista Marcucci

12/07/2008 01:55 pm

Ok, but I'm sill wondering if circa 130 links in a page will make my link directory usable. I guess, it depends on the graphic design. Mine seems to me extremely easy to read, while other web sites have pages with only 10 links but they are a nightmare for the user. Here is my link directory page (with 123 links)

Ashley Tilson

02/21/2010 02:37 pm

Google can process way more than 100 links per page... more like 500! If you don't beleive me check out Wikipedia's home page. (Last time I checked the count for the links on that page was 339!

Enquiries

01/11/2012 12:54 pm

My site http://www.denbydalecoffee.co.uk has 165, parts rank well others not. I wonder if drop down menu options are not a good idea? The same drop down is available for each and every page, maybe I should chop this down to 100 or so?

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