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Link Pages recently gone to a grey bar

 10:07 am on Mar 10, 2008 (gmt 0)


Can you help please?

I have had a links page for a few years now, this has recently gone to a grey bar and most of the outgoing links have a grey bar too on their page with the link on.
Do i remove these immediately as i believe google is penalizing me for this?





 11:16 am on Mar 10, 2008 (gmt 0)

I'd remove them and anything to do with reciprocal links


 2:16 pm on Mar 10, 2008 (gmt 0)

whats a grey bar?


 4:34 am on Mar 11, 2008 (gmt 0)

You don't necessarily have to remove them per se, but you should show the engines that you no longer editorially vouch for those sites by not passing them link juice. You could do that via nofollow tags on the link or page level, using robots.txt, or javascript


 9:28 am on Mar 11, 2008 (gmt 0)

Hi Daveshap.

Thank you for your reply.

What is the best way to proceed with this as some of the inbound links are still OK.
1. Do I keep the good links and put a no follow on the rest of the links.
2. Do I create a new page for links called resources or something?

Can i send you the url so you may take a look?




 3:19 pm on Mar 11, 2008 (gmt 0)

Hi Wayne,

If you can determine which are the 'good links' then I think it is ok to do option 1, but in the long run I think it would be best to not even link out to sites that you don't trust to avoid any potential problems in the future.

If you'd like to send me the URL I can take a look, I'd be happy to help.

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