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Business.com Uses Nofollow
Posted 03 July 2006 - 12:24 PM
IMO this attribute is simply a way for Google to discern motive on the part of the person or organization that controls the site.
This could be done directly, or through the use of statistics and ratios. A simple example would be:
Site A continuously links to pages in site B and 100% of the links include the nofollow attribute. In reality, site owner A is telling Google, "I regularly link to sites I don't check into", or they could be saying "Although I won't vouch for this site, I'll send my visitors to it". Either way, it expresses an intention.
That is just an example of how it could be utilized. If we started thinking of other statistics and ratios, we could go on for days speculating-Which, by the way, is what this post is.
Posted 03 July 2006 - 12:36 PM
Silly, yes. But that's what the man said.
Posted 03 July 2006 - 01:04 PM
It still makes me wonder what the intentions of Google might be. Has it ever been stated?
Posted 03 July 2006 - 01:07 PM
Posted 03 July 2006 - 01:23 PM
Posted 03 July 2006 - 01:41 PM
For example: Has Google ever stated that just because a link is "not vouched for" by the one placing it mean that it will always be treated that way? I mean, what if site A has a paid link (with nofollow) and a visitor clicks that link and then subsequently bookmarks the page to which the link led? If I'm monitoring links, I'm thinking, "Hey, that paid link must be what that user wanted".
This is just a simple example, but it seems to me that Google has, in the past, looked at what the declared nature of a page, site, or link is and then compared it with user behavior to make a determination of value.
I might be way off base though, I'm just a web designer who likes SEO not a professional SEO.
Posted 03 July 2006 - 01:49 PM
This is exactly the kind of thing I'm wondering about, "It doesn't have to be" is not the same as saying "It will not be".
When you consider the latest features Google is adding, WOW! Then they would be able to even track purchases made after those links, no?
Posted 03 July 2006 - 02:04 PM
Yes, they don't like paid links because they don't consider them a vote for a site, but an ad. They don't want to count them in their link pop algos and give credit for them.
Posted 03 July 2006 - 02:12 PM
... and they would like us SEOs and webmasters to do the work that their algorithm can't for them!
Posted 03 July 2006 - 02:32 PM
nourishment for thinking. (aka, food for thought)
BTW - did I mention I'm an aspiring comedian?
Edited by wowdezign, 03 July 2006 - 04:41 PM.
Posted 06 July 2006 - 06:01 AM
Posted 29 July 2006 - 10:08 AM
I'm glad I spotted this business.com issue, as it got picked up by Threadwatch and business.com has actually changed the policy!
Funny thing is that I don't even know why I happened to visit business.com that fateful day when I posted this and had noticed the nofollow links. I had assumed that others must have already noticed they were using nofollow since I know others visit there a lot more than I do, but nobody had mentioned it yet!
Or maybe they had just instituted it and it was just a crazy coincidence that I visited there and noticed!
At any rate, it's pretty cool to see the power of a forum post in having a real impact on the way things work online.
Posted 29 July 2006 - 05:36 PM
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