Google’s John Mueller mentioned that whereas it does make sense to cross-link between your content material in your web site, you must do it solely when it’s related and throughout the context of the content material. In case your customers get confused by your hyperlinks, so could engines like google, John added.
I normally do not publicly rant, however uninterested in a (rising) apply that isn’t technically hyperlink spam or clickbait however resides someplace in between — and is fallacious (and must be dinged). It is hyperlinking to sure phrases in an article and redirecting readers to one thing they did not need or count on, and is just associated in essentially the most tenuous of the way to the primary content material.
For instance, Jay Leno and I’ve had numerous conversations over time, and so once I examine his accident, I learn a report and clicked on the hyperlinked phrases, “was reportedly burned,” absolutely anticipating to search out out extra particulars that maybe weren’t talked about above within the article. As an alternative, I used to be redirected to an article/photograph gallery on “Superstar Accidents Via The Years.” WHAT?!
If it have been a one-off, I would strike it to a rookie error, however I’ve observed this an increasing number of day-after-day, and it is each a nasty consumer expertise and dangerous journalism.
John Mueller of Google replied:
A few of that is being carried out routinely, not that it makes it any higher.
Cross-linking between your content material makes a whole lot of sense, nevertheless it ought to actually be one thing related. At the least a number of the websites have moved away from the apply of choosing random key phrases for that.
The issue with over-doing this (linking a lot of your unrelated, however text-matching content material) is that the hyperlinks lose context. Identical to you bought confused, so will engines like google.
Actually, content material for the individuals by the individuals could turn out to be an increasing number of essential for Google within the close to future – so watch out of us.
Good rant Michael!
Discussion board dialogue at Mastodon.