When you say “many” is it statistically significant? If yes, all in one niche, brand, section of rankings etc.?
First of all, thanks for the great comment Winalot. That’s the way it should be on this blog. Good questions and good answers. We all win :}
Is it statistically significant? Well, it depends on sample. I’m not going to post stats analysis, because I don’t have it. What I have is a part of the real network to show you as example.
- Light green rectangles (left side) – affiliate websites / landing pages.
- Colored rectangles – juice collectors, huge websites that suck traffic from search engines.
- White rectangles – juice collectors, but links removed for better presentation.
Many websites (I mean the major part of juice collectors and affiliate websites) from the net rank on the first page. I think it answers “section of rankings” part of the question.
Regarding niche part of the question. Different niches and very competitive. Perhaps “very competitive” is not really accurate. The top hottest niches in the Internet. Millions and millions and millions pages in the Google’s index.
I monitor several networks and they all have similar structure.
- Big websites pass juice to small affiliate websites. The more links to affiliate pages, the better they rank.
- Affiliate website never links to any website, including websites from the network. I.e. no outgoing links. Only affiliate links. Only!
- Owners never interlink whole network. NEVER.
- There are many blackhat websites (not in the image). They never link to affiliate websites.
- There are many links from outer networks, social bookmarking websites, etc. (Read as “from other white websites”).
I hope it answers your question.
P.S.: All sensitive info about websites is hidden. No names, no keywords, no ranking positions. And don’t ask me why. But I want to repeat that it’s a part of real network; all websites are real; they DO exist. I’m saying it, because I’m trying to stick to the “no bullshit principle” as much as I can on this blog.