Feb 22 2007

How to extract every outbound link from your blog.

First of all, why would you want to list every site you have ever linked to? In the case of The Pisstakers, nearly all the information and food for thought required to create ranting humor(less) posts has come from other sites on the internet. The extraction script enabled us to view all links to those inspirational sites.

We could have stuck with a simple lazy ass links list, but instead we thought we would add our own short commentary on each site and develop the longest homage in history. Looking at the miniscule percentage of links so far completed, it may not get finished any time soon, but we are here for the long run!

Why else might you want to extract all outbound links? According to the script writer, it makes it easier to identify bad neighborhoods. Presumably by bad, he means sites with low Google page rank. That may well be so, but surely everyone starts at zero, so it would be a harsh and cold blogmaster who chopped out links to anyone blogging consistently but still below a certain PR? But if you want to get on in life, maybe you have to go against the spirit of the internet from time to time in order not to dilute your own page ranking?

All you need to do to see the script in action is go to Right Scripts and their Outbound link checker, input a URL and see what happens. It may take some time!

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  1. Chris said:

    I stand to be corrected, but I thought this page rank dilution thing was a fallacy? Otherwise, no-one’s ever going to gain any links are they?

    I know links are weighted according to ‘authority’, but I didn’t think you could harm your own ranking by linking to a new blog with 0 PR. Seems a bit spiteful if that’s the case…

    I do agree with not linking to sites known for ‘black hat’ SEO or who have been excluded from Google’s index though-that could cause you some harm.

    February 23rd, 2007 at 5:09 am
  2. Ed said:

    Thanks for the heads up. I am happy to stand corrected too.

    How I understood it after going blind reading all the theories, was that a page has a rank/ value and somehow, fractions of that rank get attributed to the outbound links on the page, affecting the original page’s rank.

    Actually, the more I read it, the more it sounds like a completely hooey theory!!! Probably some Zen webmaster decided that if there is a net positive to incoming links there must be a net negative somewhere else in the equation.

    I will quit while Im not too far behind and go add some more comments to that huge list of links.

    February 23rd, 2007 at 8:37 am

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