soxos - 2:41 pm on Aug 16, 2010 (gmt 0)
Many people seem to be changing to rel no follow these days - and I wonder how this will effect the algo, have google / yahoo shot themselves in the foot when they came up with this idea? After all doesnt there algo heavily rely on the measurement of links?..
If for example you have a few links from a big trusted news website, and then they become no follow, are they counted or not, should they be?
I find it hard to imagine if the links aren't already, that they wont be at some point in the near future - I think we will get to the point when the resuls will be more relevant, not less with their inclusion, which means they will have to allow page rank / trust rank to flow through these links or they will be effectively basing their results on a much smaller pool of data than they have available - I can not see why they would want to do that..
besides the no follow tag is old really (2004?) and the search engines have got much better of detecting spam since then, so do they even need it?.. But then again, no one likes back tracking, and perhaps that is the situation they are in right now.