The missing links: GeoCities dies and millions of inbound links disappear tomorrow

October 26, 2009

It will be a sad day tomorrow as GeoCities is closed down for good by Yahoo. Thousands of websites will disappear offline tomorrow and along with them all the links pointing to other sites. Imagine if your website had more than 50% of its incoming links coming from GeoCities. Is your Page Rank going to suffer in the coming days once those links no longer exist? Quite possibly!

It’s difficult for anyone to know whether this will have any impact on their search rankings. I’ve measured over a hundred links to one of my sites from different GeoCities sites so I’ll be keeping an eye on it and hoping those site owners move their pages elsewhere. Of course, many GeoCities sites won’t be resurrected elsewhere as they are often dead and haven’t been updated in ages so from tomorrow those links are gone. What impact all this will have on SEO and search engine rankings will play out over the coming weeks as Google and co. re-index sites and take into account the missing links.

More importantly than any inbound links though is the fact that a piece of internet history is dying. Jeremy Keith sums it up well so I suggest you read his post on the subject.

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3 Responses to “The missing links: GeoCities dies and millions of inbound links disappear tomorrow”


  1. [...] from the web culture milestone, the only other notable effect is going to be the sudden disappearance of millions of links and the resulting adjustment to some web sites. How dramatic this will be is unknown, but some [...]


  2. [...] The missing links: GeoCities dies and millions of inbound links disappear tomorrow « 23Musings 23musings.com/2009/10/26/the-missing-links-geocities-dies-and-millions-of-inbound-links-disappear-tomorrow – view page – cached The missing links: GeoCities dies and millions of inbound links disappear tomorrow — From the page [...]

  3. Paul Silver Says:

    There are (at least) two projects trying to ‘save’ Geocities – reocities.com and geociti.es – it’ll be interesting to see if either of these get any traction, but I don’t believe they’ll ever get the number of incoming links Geocities had, let alone the age of those links.

    I’m not sure why Yahoo didn’t do a deal with the Internet Archive Project to take it off their hands and keep the content up. While the web industry has a very negative view of Geocities, there was a lot of good info buried away in there by people who were using it for it’s original purpose – an ‘easy’ way to get web pages up.


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