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What is up with nofollow links, anyway??

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by jelloshot, Dec 29, 2015.

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  1. jelloshot

    jelloshot Newbie

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    I cannot wrap my head around nofollow links. Of course I understand that it tells google to not count the link toward PR or whatever, but what I do not understand is why it might be beneficial at all. Sure, someone might click on the link and find the website, creating organic traffic, but that hardily counts for anything.

    Doing an internet search just gives vague reasons for why nofollow links are beneficial. And yet SER and Scrapebox blast them in the form of blog comments. So they must have a real purpose, or else they would not have this ability... right?

    Seriously, no BS, do nofollow links do anything?
     
  2. tb303

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    you need them for diversity

    as for nofollow....
    also is anyone still using scrapebox to simply blast out comments? thought that died years ago. Its a scraper not a poster really IMO
     
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  3. jelloshot

    jelloshot Newbie

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    I have no idea, I have experimented with using it for manual posting, because it makes it more convenient to go down a list. But if they are all nofollows, seems like a waste of time.
     
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    asap1 BANNED BANNED Jr. VIP

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    Nofollow links are useless if you ask me even if its from google.com

    Some say they give your site "authority"

    I say they are useless.
     
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  5. SEOmate

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    I think it's also important.
     
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    Diversity is really important ..and we need nofollow links for diversity.
     
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    In a natural link profile a site gets links from variety of sources, no pattern of anchor text, deep page links , home page links, do follow links and no follow links. Google likes natural link profile. If you get no-follow links it will not help to rank directly. It helps indirectly to create some good impression to Google.
     
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    Mixed of do and no follow links will be more natural and gives you diversity, it would be good to use 20% no follow links
     
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    ive ranked something with 100% nofollow in the past. blog comments. so i can't agree with the "nofollow has nothing" crowd. if you see something good and its nofollow, still take it IMO
     
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    Hmm, Google seems to only say they don't effect PageRank though. Google doesn't say that nofollow links aren't effecting actual Search engine rankings...
     
  11. charliebrooker

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    "but that hardily counts for anything"

    I'd say getting a targeted visitor is more important than ranking and not getting one?
     
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    Nofollow links are still useful to diversify anchor text portfolio and backlink portfolio. Also, they help website look more natural because having 100% ******** backlinks is not natural at all =)
     
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    Nofollow basically means unsanctioned imo... I think the primary intended use originally was probably user generated content to combat comment spam, etc
     
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    Unless I rank, I wouldn't worry too much about creating diversity wth no links
     
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    Mixing of both do-follow and no-follow links give good result
     
  17. Bane Bentley

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    They give diversity as the other members said, but they are still HYPERLINKS you know, so they have to count for something.

    NoFollow is just a tag, it is up to the search engine company to decide what its worth is. It isn't like there is a global consortium that oversees search engines to make sure NoFollow links aren't counted as link juice ;)
     
  18. Jack Torrance

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    Yes, nofollow links are a JOKE.

    Wikipedia nofollow links are also bad. I removed my links from Wikipedia because Wiki scraper sites get set up all the time and some of those have DF links! So basically what you get is a bunch of DF links from spam scraper sites. Google fanboy nerds on productforums say that Googlebot is super smart and ignores these types of sites. What a load of bullsh*tters, the crawler is dumb and still gets tricked on a daily basis by blackhat tactics, still indexes some pure scraped content etc. How can they say things which are blatantly and obviously not true?

    Removing my links from Wikipedia had ZERO impact whatsoever. One of my first sites had a Wiki link and still got slapped by algo updates left right and center... So much for passing authority and trust.

    Never pay money for NF if your aim is to increase ranking, only ever take free ones. You could use them for referral traffic but it would have to be a perfect scenario to make the money viable. Many people here charge big for both DF and NF links on authority sites. Might as just get DF then you get power/authority as well as referral traffic.
     
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  19. gutshot

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    This pretty much answers the question.
     
  20. topmm

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    How do i know if i can place a do-f-ollw link on a website?