Joined: 19 Jun 09
01 Jan 11 7:55 pm
Hi Mark. It depends on if your sites are related. One of the biggest mistakes most people make is thinking only about SEO and what Google thinks.
Now, seo is important and you should keep search engines in mind, but everything you do should focus on how it helps your users, NOT if it pleases the search engines. at the end of the day, it is the visitors on my sites that pay my bills, not Google.
I have multiple sites within each of my niches and they all interlink. The links do show up as backlinks in Yahoo, so I am getting some credit for them. Aslo, because the links are relevant to the site, I am able to funnel traffic to content they would be interested in. For example, I am working on my thoughts on life blog focused on self improvement advice. I link from that blog to niche specific sites, where people can find more specific site explorer advice on each of the areas that I talk about.
Another thing that you have to realize is that Shared hosting servers are the most common. If Google penalized a site for having links from the same server, we would all be in trouble, because I am sure that at least a few of the sites that I get links from are probably on the same hosting server that I am on.