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How Do I Tell Whether A Certain Site No-follows Links?...


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#1 jeepster

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Posted 19 July 2009 - 06:06 PM

I've been offered a link on the homepage of a PR4 blog in return for writing an article. If I go in Page Source the <head> field looks OK but at the bottom of the page I see this:
"....\74meta content\75\47NOINDEX,NOFOLLOW\47 name\75\47robots\47/\76\n\74/b:if76'}});..."

Does this mean the whole page is no-follow? The page is cached regularly by Google, by the way.

Thanks in advance for your replies.

#2 Jill

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Posted 19 July 2009 - 07:47 PM

That doesn't look like any actual code to me, but we'd have to see it in context with the rest of the source.

#3 jeepster

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Posted 19 July 2009 - 08:15 PM

OK, you asked for it... biggrin.gif
If it sheds any further light, the page is http://blog (dot) renthusiast (dot) info
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\47\46quot;text/html; charset\75\46quot; + data:page.encoding\47 http-equiv\75\47Content-Type\47/\76\n\74meta content\75\47true\47 name\75\47MSSmartTagsPreventParsing\47/\76\n\74meta content\75\47blogger\47 name\75\47generator\47/\76\n\74link href\75\47http://www.blogger.com/favicon.ico\47 rel\75\47icon\47 type\75\47image/vnd.microsoft.icon\47/\76\n\74link expr:href\75\47data:blog.url\47 rel\75\47canonical\47/\76\n\74data:blog.feedLinks\76\74/data:blog.feedLinks\76\n\74data:blog.meTag\76\74/data:blog.meTag\76\n\74data:blog.openIdOpTag\76\74/data:blog.openIdOpTag\76\n\74b:if cond\75\47data:page.isPrivate\47\76\n\74meta content\75\47[b]NOINDEX,NOFOLLOW[/b]\47 name\75\47robots\47/\76\n\74/b:if76'}});
_WidgetManager._RegisterWidget('_TextView', new _WidgetInfo('Text2', 'footer',{'main': {'varName': '', 'template': '\74b:if cond\75\47data:title !\75 \46quot;\46quot;\47\76\n\74h2 class\75\47title\47\76\74data:title\76\74/data:title\76\74/h2\76\n\74/b:if\76\n\74div class\75\47widget-content\47\76\n\74data:content\76\74/data:content\76\n\74/div\76\n\74b:include name\75\47quickedit\47\76\74/b:include76'}}, document.getElementById('Text2'), {}, 'displayModeFull'));
_WidgetManager._RegisterWidget('_HTMLView', new _WidgetInfo('HTML5', 'footer',{'main': {'varName': '', 'template': '\74b:if cond\75\47data:title !\75 \46quot;\46quot;\47\76\n\74h2 class\75\47title\47\76\74data:title\76\74/data:title\76\74/h2\76\n\74/b:if\76\n\74div class\75\47widget-content\47\76\n\74data:content\76\74/data:content\76\n\74/div\76\n\74b:include name\75\47quickedit\47\76\74/b:include76'}}, document.getElementById('HTML5'), {}, 'displayModeFull'));


#4 Randy

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Posted 23 July 2009 - 09:06 AM

First it's important to realize what the code actually is. It's javascript. It says as much in the code. There's a tag that starts out with <script type=text/javascript just before the part you're copying and pasting.

Second it's important to realize that the spiders for the most part still don't even attempt to parse javascript. They're starting to a little bit, but nothing nearly as complicated as what you're looking at. So if the webmaster was trying to nofollow the whole page or individual links they wouldn't want to hide that in javascript, which would effectively also hide it from the spiders.

Third it's important to realize what the site actually is. At it's core it's a blogger.com site, one that's tied to a .info domain name. Blogger has a rather robust client javascript library that allows users to authenticate themselves and edit their blogger blog right from the pages, as opposed to having to log in separately. That's what you're seeing.

In other words, all of that additional stuff is going to have zero effect on the search engines.

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Posted 27 July 2009 - 06:18 AM

Hi Randy
No technophile me, but I'm guessing you mean the links ARE followed.
Thanks very much for your help - genuinely greatly appreciated.
Jeepster

#6 Michael Martinez

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Posted 27 July 2009 - 12:54 PM

Both Google and Yahoo! now follow Javascript links (Yahoo! has been doing this for years). I think people need to pay more attention to Javascript than they have in the past.

Frankly, I feel you're looking at the link in the wrong way. You should not care whether it uses "rel='nofollow'" or some other method to devalue the link in search indexes. Rather, you should evaluate the linking page on the basis of how much traffic and visibility it can provide you with.

If you don't think anyone is looking at the page, don't obsess over the link. It's not worth paying for, trading for, asking for, or otherwise investing your time and effort in it (in my opinion) if it won't send you even one visitor.




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