Phil Tanny wrote:Does this thread tell us that Allan could write up a bunch of articles on armadillo digestion and drop them in to the middle of an affiliate marketing site, and rank well for armadillo stuff due to his solid pagerank? At least on Google?
Probably, if you're talking about easy, non-competitive phrases.
However, I think it's much more difficult when there's a bit of competition.
This is only anecdotal evidence, so you can choose whether you want to take any notice of it...
A few months ago I experimented on AssociatePrograms.com trying to get a good ranking with a very off-topic phrase. Using normal, ordinary methods which usually work well with on-topic phrases, I failed miserably with the off-topic phrase. I was beaten by pages with a much lower PageRank, with few links to them. It was spooky, almost as though Google knew I was just having fun with an off-topic page.
I'm not keen to spend time repeating the experiment. If anyone else wants to try it, though, I'm keen to learn the results.