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So I'm not sure I understand "nofollow"... here's why

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by mollah, Jan 3, 2010.

  1. mollah

    mollah Power Member

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    I thought "nofollow" meant "hey search engines, don't pay any attention to the links on this page because they're probably just blog comment spam."

    Anyway, I was using Site Explorer on some of my competition to see how many links they have, and I was checking some of them out. Guess what? All of the links that came from blog comments were on "nofollow" pages.

    If search engines ignore "nofollow," then why are they showing up on a backlink checker?
     
  2. Fireboltgirl

    Fireboltgirl Regular Member

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    I think you are confusing this with robots.

    "nofollow" means link is there, but SE's are intructed not to give the site it goes to any of your rep.
     
  3. mollah

    mollah Power Member

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    So my competitor who has 1000s of inlinks, most of which are from blog comment spam, wasted his time with all of those because they are "nofollow"?

    So "nofollow" means "acknowledge this link but don't give it any linkjuice"?
     
  4. lanta99

    lanta99 Junior Member

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    Yep, nofollow means don't pass any link juice, but search engines will still crawl and index the linked to website. Also, I'm pretty sure that ASK(Dot)com doesn't use the nofollow tag so all of the links will be counted
     
  5. mollah

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    So will anchortext links from nofollow sites still count toward increasing your SERP placement for searches for that keyword?

    Or is the answer "no" because that's what "linkjuice" is?
     
  6. Scripteen

    Scripteen Elite Member

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    If you don't want a bot to index a page use robots.txt file for that. The nofollow means not to pass link juice to that link. That's it.
     
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    daisy542009 Newbie

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    yeah now when doing SEO people care much about ******** and nofollow. I can support you the websites of ******** if you want.

    Contact me if possible
     
  8. Micallef

    Micallef Supreme Member

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    Your original idea on nofollow was completely correct. SE's will index the nofollow links, but they don't count towards any ranking benefit whatsoever.

    No juice, or anchor text relevance, or anything else at-all that will help your rank. So the guy you're tracking has indeed wasted his time.