Weblinks Component Extra Features

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Weblinks Component Extra Features

Post by swoleavis » Fri Sep 22, 2006 4:03 am

I really want to be able to specify how many weblinks are displayed for each category
I would also like to see a way to display who posted the weblink and also a way to comment on that weblink.

Please help!

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Re: Weblinks Component Extra Features

Post by DocMartin » Sun Oct 01, 2006 4:30 am

I'd like option of displaying actual URL, readable by Google - even if have both this and the main link (with its script so can count clicks, which I'm not so bothered about).

This is so when exchange links, I provide a link that passes google value, maybe some use for pagerank. (Bit embarassed that, at present, maybe more like a black hat "link"  :-[ )

Used a couple of hacks to achieve this, w mambo and joomla, but gone when I upgraded recently.
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Re: Weblinks Component Extra Features

Post by loadedbeat » Mon Oct 02, 2006 3:42 am

DocMartin wrote: This is so when exchange links, I provide a link that passes google value, maybe some use for pagerank. (Bit embarassed that, at present, maybe more like a black hat "link"  :-[ )
Doc, can you elaborate on that one for me? Just started learning about SEO.

I'd like to be able to change the weblinks intro text...

"We are regularly out on the web. When we find a great site we list it here for you to enjoy. From the list below choose one of our weblink topics, then select a URL to visit."

...without hacking it.

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Re: Weblinks Component Extra Features

Post by DocMartin » Mon Oct 02, 2006 4:28 am

I think that intro text is part of the Language file; need to edit this - and care not to include anything that could be php code (commas? - I've had occasional trouble, and some memory that with a comma).

My point is re Google pagerank.

Looking at source for a weblinks page I have, see a "link" looks like 
http://www.mysite.com/links/wild-world- ... r.com.html - ie not directly to the site I'm linking to. This maybe means that can have clicks on the link counted, but I'm not sure it means that Google counts this as a link out to the site. (Maybe others can correct me if I'm mistaken here.)

Pagerank is something like measure of how many "votes" a website gets - how many links; but includes how "strong" the pages linking are, coupled with whether they are related to your site's content (so avoid links from "bad neighborhoods" if you can).
Complex - I only v broadly understand, I think; some folk have delved into compexities, but exact details kept secret within google.

Anyway, I think sites that you exchange links with will, if they know of pagerank, want to have your links to them pass on pagerank (ie be like votes).
- as I say, if that's currently the case at present, then maybe someone can enlighten me, and there's no problem.

Note, too, that as you link out, can actually lose some pagerank yourself. I'm not sure how much this is drain, if to relevant sites; over time, can also become valuable as a directory of sorts.

Whether or no there's an issue with weblinks, if to learn re SEO you'll want to know something re pagerank. Via google, these two pages maybe useful for info:
http://www.webworkshop.net/pagerank.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PageRank  (check out the equations! boggle my brain pretty darn fast)

Are ways of displaying pageranks for pages you visit (google toolbar, say); but the PR shown may not be what google is using. (curiouser and curiouser... - and much seems weird and wonderful about the world of SEO)
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