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Does using "nofollow" tell Google it's a paid link?

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by turdface, May 31, 2013.

  1. turdface

    turdface Supreme Member

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    I think Matt Cutts said you should use no follow for paid links so you don't pass linkjuice.

    In the past I have had two sites with decent PR and that ranked well. For both sites, I had someone email me and want to buy a link, so I gave them a link with nofollow. For both sites, within two months the sites had lost PR and lost ranking.

    The only commonality was that I added a "nofollow" link. The target site wasn't a spammy site or anything.

    Do you guys use nofollow when selling links to advertisers?
     
  2. qrazy

    qrazy Senior Member

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    Although it's mentioned in google guidelines that webmasters use paid links with nofollow attribute, it's nothing to do with losing your site's ranking or PR. Not many people use nofollow attribute when selling links from their site.
     
  3. masterjani

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    Giving one link will not hurt. Also, you have used nofollow then it will not pass page rank too.

    Have you advertised many other links? or Your site anchor diversity is not good that might be reason site got hit.
     
  4. JustUs

    JustUs Power Member

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    A nofollow link can be used for affiliate or paid links. It is what Google suggests using for those links. However, a nofollow link does not say that it is a paid link. It says that for whatever reason, you do not want to pass page rank, or you do not trust the link.
     
  5. twistedtrick

    twistedtrick Power Member

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    Did you add the sites to WMT at this point and see if you received any unnatural outbound/inbound linking messages?

    My guess is if you used similar SEO strategies on both sites, something in that strategy got targeted and both sites got hit. I would be very surprised if they were both targeted for linking outbound via rel=nofollow though.
     
  6. turdface

    turdface Supreme Member

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    I'm talking about a link that someone paid me to put on my site.

    There was only one link on each site.