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Old 16th September 2008, 07:35 AM   #1
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Default "Do Follow"/"Do Not Follow" Links?

This is probably a remedial question (bear with us newbies), but I've seen the reference to "do not follow" links and I don't know what that means? Can anyone explain?

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Hi Laura. It is a good question, and actually something many are not familiar with. While many things in seo have been around for a long time the attribute "nofollow" was only introduced within the past few years.

Matt Cutts/Google announced in Jan 2005 (see this for specifics on using nofollow, etc) that they would begin recognizing a new attribute called "nofollow". Soon after Yahoo & MSN also began recognizing it also so it became a commonly accepted standard.

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From now on, when Google sees the attribute (rel="nofollow") on hyperlinks, those links won't get any credit when we rank websites in our search results. This isn't a negative vote for the site where the comment was posted; it's just a way to make sure that spammers get no benefit from abusing public areas like blog comments, trackbacks, and referrer lists.
To do some deep research into the "nofollow" tag, do a search of Google as follows -

"matt cutts" nofollow

There is not a dofollow attribute, but instead this verbiage is used to refer to links that do not have a nofollow tag.

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Old 17th September 2008, 10:28 AM   #3
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If somebody links to your site with nofollow attribute, then you won't get the PR benefit of this link.

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Old 22nd September 2008, 05:58 AM   #4
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Thanks for pointing that out chesa7 and to those that replied. That will help me in my battle with PR.

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Old 22nd September 2008, 07:36 AM   #5
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Rightly explained by Logan.

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Old 23rd September 2008, 09:27 AM   #6
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Articlesbase.com is the only article submission site that I'm aware of which says in it's editorial guidelines that "all anchor text links have the no-follow tag". But it also says that authors may include up to 3 self-serving links.

Seems like an author would get very little "self-serving" benefit from links that have a no-follow tag. Am I missing somethng or misinterpreting their guidelines?

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Hi Joel, here is my interpretation. A link potentially can provide "self-serving" benefit in one of two ways -

1) The link popularity associated with search engine rankings

2) A visitor clicking on the link and visiting the site

In your scenario, I would associate the self serving benefit they are referring to as the potential that a visitor could click on the link and visit your site. The nofollow negates any benefits in regards to link popularity.

Reality - most post articles are interested in the link popularity and it isn't very likely many visitor referrals will be gained by the article itself ... so very little self serving benefit is gained.

Their implementation of the nofollow is along the lines of Google and other SE's intentions, imo.

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