If I redirect my affiliate links via htaccess, should i still add a rel nofollow?
I did a write up on using nofollows here but can’t find it. Here’s a similar post I did for CAP Mag;
Use Nofollows to Link Sculpt PR (Page Rank)
Page Rank is basically the level of trust and authority that Google has assigned to a website and each individual page within the site. PR is based off of historical information, sometimes months old, so check to see if the linking page has any links showing in Google for a better insight. There are many tools that have this functionality but I use Firefox browser with the SEO Quake plugin because it also shows Yahoo and MSN backlinks, social bookmarks, cache date and many other details that are important.
If you are linking from a page (whether internally or from an external website) PR becomes very important. This PR, from a rating of 0/10 up to 9/10, is the amount of available “link juice” that you have to play with within your website, or that is being divided up amongst the links on an external website that is linking back to you.
Trust and authority are determined by the number of backlinks from other websites, the relevancy of content on your page, who else they are linking to, who else you are linking to, and many other attributes. The little PageRank bar (see image below – if you have the Google toolbar installed) shows Page Rank and is somewhat of an indicator of a sites level of trust and authority as determined by Google, including your own website and pages within your website. Links from internal pages with page rank can be sculpted in a way that boosts the amount of PR, and therefore the rankings for the term or terms that the page is targeting within Google’s search results.
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There are two factors Google looks at; the PR being passed from external sources; and the PR being passed internally through links.
What we are going to use it for now is sculpting your internal Link Juice to help boost your rankings for these pages.
According to Wikipedia, the nofollow was intended to reduce the effectiveness of certain types of search engine spam, thereby improving the quality of search engine results and preventing spamdexing from occurring in the first place. Matt Cutts of Google and Jason Shellen from Blogger created it around 2005.
What it does is tell the search engines that you do not endorse the page you have linked to. It looks like this;
Changed to a nofollowed link;
But this has created a useful tool for search engine optimisation. We can nofollow the links in our website to preserve the PR and pass it on to the pages that we want to rank well. The ‘About Us’, ‘Contact Us’ and ‘Login Here’ pages/links are obviously not pages that we care to rank for. So by adding nofollows to these internal links, we can funnel more PR to the important pages.
Without nofollows With nofollows
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Another great way to use this tip is when you are creating new pages for niche phrases that you identified through your logfiles or Hittail. Build a doorway page off of your homepage. I use this as a ‘holding’ area for newly identified hotlist terms that I want to rank quickly. Put nofollows on all of the template/navigational links. Add relative content on the doorway page using your newly found keyword and anchor the keyword or keyword phrase (turn it into a link) to the new page that you created.
This will funnel all of the available link juice to the new page, targeting the new term, and you will see your page rise through the rankings.
now i go to add nofollow on some of my pages like privacy and contact us too.
did not even think bout that before
thanks Gary :hattip:
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