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Could Panda be a result of ignored nofollow tags to trusted sites?

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Msg#: 4346912 posted 12:52 am on Aug 3, 2011 (gmt 0)

Could Panda be something as simple as Google ignoring the nofollow tag if Google trusts the site being linked to?

Some sites you'd expect to see a boost from ignoring the nofollow tag would be ebay or other sites with affiliate programs and last I checked ebay is now top 10 all over the place.

The result would be instant and dramatic though several layers of trust could be employed.



Msg#: 4346912 posted 7:50 am on Aug 3, 2011 (gmt 0)

It doesn't make a lot of sense to me. If they decided that site X had enough authority why not just add the authority to the site rather than break nofollow?

Also I don't think these sites have been given a boost across the board - eBay, Amazon and a few very large retailers operate in my niche but they are no where in the SERPs.


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Msg#: 4346912 posted 8:59 am on Aug 3, 2011 (gmt 0)

i think its the opposite - google are devaluing links that aren't nofollowed, wiping out a lot of your backlink profile.
if panda decides that a site is low-quality, then it makes sense that they will devalue their links too. if you have some of those pointing at you then you wont see as much benefit.

the reason i think big sites like amazon and ebay aren't suffering is because their backlink profiles are so huge that they can take the hit better than the smaller sites.

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