I am reading a blog on AR, and it is riddled with links. It is as if you are reading a Wikipedia, where, if there is a word, which happens to denote an entry in Wikipedia, they would link to it. Adds authority.
However, on AR, why would anyone need tons of outgoing links? I am not even saying that some of these link do not work, or lead you to Google page asking you to sign in… But even if they all worked perfectly, why would anyone want to link to the world from AR?
Another common variation when all the links go to one page. Words, which are hyperlinked, are different, but they all lead to one page. OK, if you linked to your outside blog in the post, doing it 7 times… would it increase Google rankings seven-fold?
Does it add any authority to your blog? Or it is simply a distraction? Why, if you mention Disney, you need to link to Disney.com?
It disrupts the flow of the post for the reader. I for one do not follow these links, as there is nothing interesting in waiting for a page from Wikipedia or Disney, or whatever pages there might be, but if readers act like me and do not follow these links, why put them there? Does this monster, called SEO demands these type of sacrifices from us, or we simply play stupid just in case?
For me it is very simple. I write for a soul on the other end, who would read what I wrote. If I believe that this soul would benefit from the outgoing link, I would put it there. If not, I won’t. I do to them what I expect them to do to me. It is that simple.
I haven’t learned the art of writing for spiders, and other automated devices. And I do not want to.