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Another phenomenon created by linking insanity is self- referential linking scheme, where webmasters link ALL their sites from footer of EVERY page on EVERY site to gain link popularity increases. If they've also created mini-webs of repetitive content strewn across hundreds of domains, they will inevitably link every domain to every other domain they own, sometimes from bottom of every page on every single mini-web site - even their main domains!
SELF REFERENTIAL LINKING OF MINI-WEBS IS LINKING PSYCHOSIS
Often owners of these linking fiefdoms will refrain from using every page of their site to link out to their many tiny domains, but will create "index" or "sitemap" or "search" or "resources" pages that essentially do same linking, but with keyword focused anchor text encompassing every possible search phrase that might be used to find their business site.
Those afflicted with linking psychosis have entirely lost contact with reality in favor of fantasy of PageRankLand. The missing ingredient for these lost souls is "Authority" site concept. They link from every page or domain TO every page or domain randomly and this confers no prominence of "Authority" to any one domain. They might actually succeed in their attempt to rank well if they weren't so unclear on this single concept.
A PARTIAL TREATMENT FOR AFFLICTED LINK PSYCHOTICS
A single link from each domain - from ONE page - back to "Authority" site will increase link popularity of main site. Those mini-web sites SHOULD link to each other, but only once and only in one direction, in a daisy chain fashion to confer authority to main site and lead search engines to next domain that does same thing - it in turn confers authority to main site and leads spiders to next mini-site, etc.
The mini-web site psychosis isn't cured with this treatment. They STILL offer no substantial, original, useful content and visitor gains nothing except being lead to main site where they might find product or service they set out to find in beginning. A total cure comes only when real content of unique value is added to those individual mini-sites. Then they become self-actualized and they matter.
I've rescued many client mini-webs from linking psychosis by filling mini domains with useful, relevant and interestingly unique content. Those sites become destinations themselves, gain rank and status of their own and then link to main business site, conferring even more relevance upon single authority site they link to.
A treatment is available, cure is substantial, relevant, unique text content. There is hope for linking psychosis.
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