Can One Solid Link Boost Your Search Rankings?

Aug 13, 2010 • 8:30 am | comments (10) by | Filed Under Link Building Tips & SEO

A WebmasterWorld thread has one person claiming he received a PageRank 7 link from the almighty web site. After about a week, his ranking has not moved. He asked:

I'm not seeing anything measurable from Goog. How long might it take to even see a 10% boost?

The person did say he has a nice traffic boost from the link, but no ranking boost. Why not?

Could be a bunch of reasons:

(1) Google didn't pick up the link yet. (2) The link is nofollowed or blocked from passing link juice some how (3) Google manually doesn't count links from specific sections of a site (4) Just needs more time

Tedster added:

I once saw a link on a PR 8 page by Doc Searls do absolutely nothing to rankings for the target site. It did, however, bring in a lot of direct traffic. It was experiences like this that taught me to dig a lot deeper into Google's ranking algorithm.

I don't think anyone would turn down a link from Apple, with or without it passing any link juice. So he should be happy either way.

Forum discussion at WebmasterWorld.

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