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First link counts / Canonical Tags
irldonalb




msg:4074225
 11:16 am on Feb 4, 2010 (gmt 0)

Hi,

We know Canonical Tags can be used to disregard tracking parameters from URLs. We also know Google only counts the first anchor text to Page B from Page A. I think its a safe assume that Google distributes value amongst the unique links on the page.

However what happens in the following hypothetical scenario (ignoring other factors)?

Page A links to Page B several times and Page C once.

- Example.com/PageB.html?tracking=123
- Example.com/PageB.html?tracking=234
- Example.com/PageB.html?tracking=345
- Example.com/PageB.html?tracking=564
- Example.com/PageC.html

In the source of PageB.html we have a Canonical Tag instructing Google that the main version of the page is Example.com/PageB.html". In addition, in the Webmasters Tool weve flagged the tracking parameter as a parameter to be ignored.

Does Google give Page C half the value or one fifth of the value distributed from Page A?

Thanks
Donal

 

tedster




msg:4074769
 6:32 am on Feb 5, 2010 (gmt 0)

This is one of those areas that might change and it's been a long time since I did any testing. Remembering that last year Google did make a change in how nofollow links are counted (and no one in the SEO community caught it until Google themselves announced it), I'd hesitate to guess on this one. But I will guess anyway, just for fun. I think your example would generate a 50-50 split in the PR vote.

AnkitMaheshwari




msg:4074834
 10:02 am on Feb 5, 2010 (gmt 0)

IMO too, this situation might result in a 50-50 split.

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