|What about partial Nofollow Links|
Suppose I nofollow my "Abouts Us" link on my site, if it is dofollow on some other site, Will Google pass PR to it.
1. A link nofollow anywhere will be considered nofollow from from every site.
2. A link nofollow from a particular site will not pass PR but if it is dofollow on other domain it will pass PR.
>>1. A link nofollow anywhere will be considered nofollow from from every site.
you could create no-follow links to your competitors sites and then all their incoming links would be discounted! i don't think so :)
Are you talking about a meta robots noindex tag on the page or are you talking about adding rel=nofollow to links into the page everywhere on your site?
It may be easier to look from the other direction. What end result do you want? If you don't want your "about us" page to be an entry page, that's a "noindex". Say it once and it's done.
Unless you have the world's most fabulous About Us page-- or conversely the world's worst-- how much ranking effect can one page have?
I'm confused, IS IT JUST ME! or why would you nofollow your about us page?
Nofollow will go down in history as the same as pagerank............... another hoax!
"how much ranking effect can one page have?"
Well, quite a bit if it is being linked from every other page on your site, no?
We had an almost identical situation.
So, if I understand my SEO-101 correctly, if someone has 100 pages linking to their 'about us' page, that's transferring a LOT of PR juice to that page, which is going to reduce, by a percent, the juice available to all the other pages linked from those pages, while promoting the presumably 'useless' (to rank for) 'about us' page (at least in our case). If you 'nofollow' all those links, that reduces the rank of the 'about us' page, but REPORTEDLY does NOT give back that percentage of link juice from the calling pages to the other links from those pages. In other words it goes to G-heaven to be lost forever. If this ONE POINT is true, it would be ultimately stupid to ever nofollow a link to a page on your own site.
On the other hand if you 'noindex' but 'follow' the 'about us' page you're still dividing that link juice from the other pages as well as getting no listing for the 'about us' page on the SEs (not sure why you'd care to do that). However, as I've been led to understand it, any links you make OUT from your noindexed 'about us' page (say to your 'home' page), SHOULD still pass on all that link juice in one big wallup as long as it is 'noindex,follow'. Correct me if I've heard wrongly.
In our case we simply removed ALL the links from the internal pages, and kept only one or two on the home page and other critical pages (like 'advertising'). If someone truly wants to know about you we figured they know enough to check the bottom of your home page for a link.