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about the nofollow tag

jorisdekkers asked 1 year ago
hey guys
some questions about the nofollow tag and its implications

1) in html coding, i see some sites telling me to put the rel=”nofollow” between the a and href, others say it needs to be put at the end of the link, others say it does not matter, what’s the truth?

2) can nofollow tags harm affiliate links? In a way that they mess up your referral code and you thus dont get paid?

3) do you put no follow tags on banner links and links to casinos/poker rooms/betting sites or on just about every external link??

4) im penalised by google, will adding nofollow tags get me my pr back?

thx for the answers, if provided.

JD

8 Answers
GaryTheScubaGuy answered 1 year ago
Hi JD,

I’m not in the typing mode so how about giving me a call and I’ll walk you through this.

07872 447 452 (+44 and eliminate the first 0 if you are outside the UK)

webber286 answered 1 year ago
1) You would put the nofollow attribute after the href part normally, but it probably doesn’t matter either way.

2) Nofollow won’t harm an affiliate link, it simply tells the search engines that you don’t endorse the link. Users don’t see nofollow, so they still click and get to where they want to go. Some programs don’t want you to modify their code, but adding nofollow to simple hyperlink will still work just fine.

3) According to the search engines you should use nofollow when you don’t want to endorse an external site, but you still want to have the link on your site. Nofollow was invented to combat blog spam for the comments portion where everyone was posting spammy links. Having nofollow means that Google and others will just ignore remove any of the juice that would normally pass to that website.

4) Potentially, there are many reasons why your website may be penalised. Linking out to a bunch of spammy sites is definitely one way to get a penalty. Start by going to Webmaster Central on Google to figure out if/why your site has a penalty.

michaela26 answered 1 year ago
The nofollow tag is very useful. I use it for casino affiliate links to stop those sites taking my page rank. Its also useful for stopping PR going to pages that aren’t important, such as the disclaimer page, about page, etc

livegirl1 answered 1 year ago
GaryTheScubaGuy;196436 wrote:
Hi JD,

I’m not in the typing mode so how about giving me a call and I’ll walk you through this.

07872 447 452 (+44 and eliminate the first 0 if you are outside the UK)

how come? <span title=” title=”” class=”bbcode_smiley” /> are you seriously giving a free SEO phone tutorial to affiliates? <span title=” title=”” class=”bbcode_smiley” /> <span title=” title=”” class=”bbcode_smiley” /> too shy to use it and def wouldnt like to abuse it <span title=” title=”” class=”bbcode_smiley” />

ryrock answered 1 year ago
Since we are on this topic, I have a question. when using nofollw I have put the
in the head each of my redirect pages. Do I need to also put the “nofollow” tag on the actual links on the web page itself?

One more thing, When Gary was talking about using nofollow for internal links, is he suggesting to “nofollow” links in my navigation? Thanks in advance

Is theory yes, but i believe an htaccess would be easier. No index means Google will not put the page into their index (not stop the bot from crawling it); and nofollow just means you do not endorse the page put the link is still followed.

In both cases the answer is yes, if you are trying trying to do on-page on-site link sculpting, and the page you are linking from has some juice, or backlinks, you can still point it in the right direction.

Only use the nofollow on navigation that does not point to a page that you want to rank. I use nofollows on all non-targeted anchor text except the front page. I use internal pages to hold, store and build PR, then change the link sculpting to target new terms that are hot, or existing pages that need a boost.

GaryTheScubaGuy answered 1 year ago
livegirl1;197035 wrote:
how come? <span title=” title=”” class=”bbcode_smiley” /> are you seriously giving a free SEO phone tutorial to affiliates? <span title=” title=”” class=”bbcode_smiley” /> <span title=” title=”” class=”bbcode_smiley” /> too shy to use it and def wouldnt like to abuse it <span title=” title=”” class=”bbcode_smiley” />

I do that at every conference and CAP article/iGaming.

At least try to. I was just being lazy that night.

yleewolf answered 1 year ago
I don’t believe link sculpting is of long term value. It is manipulating PR so by its very nature, not something Google is going to be happy with once it gets a handle on how it is being used.

It was designed to combat comment spam and I believe, should only be used for such purposes. Anything else is an abuse of the system and we all know that these tricks come back to bite us somewhere down the line.

It sounds a nice cosy on-page SEO tweak but I worry that it is still a mis-use and will therefore be penalised at some stage in the future.

Just my HO

lmhiih answered 1 year ago
I think link sculpting is useful mainly in sites with a lot of content, like thousands of pages.