Take this situation:
Say I have 2,000 pages all indexed in Google. The main page is PR 0. The other pages are also PR 0. Then I point funnel all links on these 2,000 pages to the main page. Will this significantly increase my main page? And then assuming I'm not leaking any PR into those 2,000 indexed pages from the main page.
Internal links are votes, but they probably carry as much weight as any other vote for yourself.
Your internal pages do contribute PR though, but who knows how much 2,000 will give? I think Aspen posted something about attaining a PR 7 home page on internal links alone, but I couldn't tell you where to look for it.
I think Aspen posted something about attaining a PR 7 home page on internal links alone, but I couldn't tell you where to look for it.
I'd be interested to read that. Presumably this was by writing good content that people wanted to link to, attaining a high PR on these sub-pages and then passing a percentage of this from all the subpages to the homepage?
I can't imagine that having a site with all low PR pages you'd be able to significantly impact the PR of the homepage, even if you linked 2 million of these subpages to the homepage?
For me this is a tough one. The short answer is "yes", but I think there is way more to it. Generally speaking, if you can be successful in creating a strategy to produce popular internal pages, that get external links to them, this is a really good thing.
Each page has a minimum PR of "1-d", so yes, you can manufacture PageRank by getting thousands/millions of pages indexed (and yes, you'd need millions to get a sizeable PR out of it) and have them all link to one page.
However... this is good for theory only, there is no practical application because of a simple catch 22. You have to get those pages indexed, and Google's crawl depth is largely based on PR, so you'll never have a chance to manufacture PR with millions of PR 0 pages, because Google will not index all of them.
It wouldn't work for the reason aspen said: the low PR pages will more or less be ignored by Google making the PR they channel to other pages non-existent. Until the PR of those inner pages improved and Google acknowledged their existence it won't get the site very far.
There's no need for Google to worry about it for the reason above plus if the pages are duplicate content (and thus created for the sake of generating PR) they will be ignored anyway. Basically it isn't worth doing unless you can create a very large volume of quality unique content which is very hard to do.
yes, its called internal links since SE wants to have a good internal link structure
Search engines don't care about your internal linking structure. The webmaster should care though as it can be a powerful way to ensure you give weight to main pages and channel PR effectively through your website.
The problem i think, is how you get all those pages indexed, for them to pass any PR at all. Or can unindexed, but already crawled, sites pass PR as well?
If they aren't in the index they essentially don't exist.
Originally Posted by JJMcClure
What does that mean? I would have thought that just from a spidering point of view it matters, but are you saying that it doesn't benefit you in the rankings in any way?
It does benefit you if you do it right but not because it is done a certainw ay the search engines prefer but because it was done a certain way that emphasis important content. Their are no arbitrary bonuses for having a certain internal linking structure.