Hi there, first post here, but I have been trolling about for some time now. I just read the following in a newsletter. After reading the [url=http://www.highrankings.com/forum/index.php?act=boardrules]Forum Rules[/url], I'm going to leave the origin of the text "anonymous" as I think that would better comply. But no, have no association with them.
(POST EDITED AS PER JILL'S POST BELOW: No longer anonymous, my quoted text can be found here:
Yes, I know it was from a few months ago, but I was reading some older newsletters I neglected until now and thought it was (at least, allegedly) still relevant.)
OK, the following struck me as odd, because it's different from what my decidedly NON-expert self had read before, but I do do a lot of reading on such:
Instead of using normal static hyperlinks you can use nofollow links instead. This lets the "human mouse clicking visitor" find the pages on their own, but totally blocks the search engine from finding them.
So not only can you provide visitors with a rich user experience, you can conserve your PageRank and link popularity within your home page.
So why is that a good thing? You can aim your PR and link popularity at your important money making product pages... The ones YOU choose!"
OK, so in case it wasn't already obvious, this individual is talking about entire PAGES on your site. I understand that unscrupulous link exchangers might try to insert "nofollow" instructions in their metatags on pages featuring their agreed upon outgoing links to try to make the link exchange look one-way. I think that's reprehensible if you agreed to exchange links, but that's another story. This author seems to be saying that the pages on your own site (that do NOT necessarily contain outgoing links to other sites) you might still want to instruct as "nofollow."
Is that true? I'd just never heard anything of this nature before. I've never used the "nofollow" tag for anything. If I didn't want it publicly accessible, I wouldn't put it on a publicly accessible page/page clickable from the index page, is my thinking thus far. I doubt many engine searchers find our "contact us" page and land on that DIRECTLY from an engine, but I figured it they did somehow . . . so what? But I do have pages on a couple of sites that I could "nofollow" if it meant anything at all, "contact us" pages and the like, with little or no other content on them, if by doing just that simple thing it might actually boost the "findability" of the index or other pages I do want to get seen.
Edited by qwerty, 21 September 2005 - 11:43 PM.