Search engines don't totally ignore links with a nofollow - they still crawl them, they know they're there and they still affect PR calculations.
Why are all those links on one page anyway?
|If rel_nofollow" causes search engine to ignore a link, does it matter how many outbound links are included on a page? |
100% of wikipedia's outbound links are nofollow, so if the question is whether too many outbound links with nofollow attribute is harmful, I don't think that it is.
and I apologize in advance if that was not your question.
|Why are all those links on one page anyway? |
The company I work for purchased the this site a couple of years ago, way before my time. It wasnt built "professionally" it was a fan built site. I've only now, had the time to look at it. Hence im finding issues.
In all honesty it is ranking extremely well so im a little hesitant to alter things too dramticly. Im just not happy with this links page.
I guess I should heed the old adage "if its not broke dont fix it"
|100% of wikipedia's outbound links are nofollow, so if the question is whether too many outbound links with nofollow attribute is harmful, I don't think that it is. |
I pretty much agree, I just wonder if there are any effect of nofollowing 200+ links all of a sudden?
If it ranks well and you are happy with the rankings, I would not change anything
I thought the rule of thumb was that you shouldn't have more than 100 outbound links per page - has that changed? I've been away for a while.
|I thought the rule of thumb was that you shouldn't have more than 100 outbound links per page |
Thatís the rule Iíve been adhering to since... forever, to the best of my knowledge it hasnít changed. In my case I have just inherited a site that goes against that rule which is why I started this thread.
I have rel_nofollowed some of the less relevant links, I even found links to one of our competitors! We tend to bounce between 1st and 2nd with them for a very strong keyword.
I'll be keeping an eye on what happens.
|Search engines don't totally ignore links with a nofollow - they still crawl them, they know they're there and they still affect PR calculations. |
That's some really bad information...
|... matt cutts made it pretty clear on a video just last month - and he was talking about nofollowed wikipedia links: |
Do they keep stats on rel="nofollow" links, just privately held data? I'm sure they do. Even in the video, Matt mentions that nofollowed links make up a very small percentage of all links on the web. So they watch it, and they know about it - they just don't evaluate urls based on it. Google doesn't even use nofollow links for url discovery.
Google does NOT use nofollow links.
The only way a nofollow link 'counts' at all is as a link on the page to prevent PR sculpting, so if you have 10 links on a page and nofollow 5 of them, the 5 followed links do not pass extra weight. That's it. That's all. Nothing else.
Novus - for the less relevant links, couldn't you just put them on a different page? Like at the bottom of the page put a link that says 'more information' or something like that - and put those links on that other page?