---- Learning About PR Sculpting: internal links with rel=nofollow
tootricky - 11:23 pm on Dec 9, 2008 (gmt 0)
I feel a few points made by pageonerank needed a response:
But Google still follow the links. And, the destination pages obtain PR. To me, that doesn't seem like it is doing what it was intended to do. I prefer using the robots directive on the destination page and just keep the entire page out of the index.
Google still follows the links but no PR is passed on if the link is nofollowed. That is the whole point of the attribute!
Link sculpting using nofollows is a great technique for onsite SEO.
I wouldn't be too certain of that. I've followed this whole link sculpting thing and I see many flaws in the concepts. I don't think it really works like many are claiming.
It does in my experience as a predominantly onsite SEO.
Link sculpting with no follows is one of the major things I change first when optimising a site and on its own without any other onsite changes it can make a huge difference to rankings.
Really? Adding nofollow and doing nothing else will make a huge ranking difference?
I'm almost tempted to go out and start adding that little bugger to all sites. But wait, I know better. :)
Good for you. :)
Why would someone label a link to the home page anything other than Home or Home Page from a primary navigation element?
The New Kiss of Death
<a rel="nofollow" href="/">Home</a>
Ya Google, I don't trust my own freakin' Home Page!
You wouldn't name any nav to the home page anything different: That is the point. But at the same time why would you pass value with anchor text that has nothing to do with what the "homepage" ranks for: Unless you sell real estate don't send value to your homepage with "Home"!
<a href="/" rel="nofollow">Home</a> works very nicely for me ;)
The nofollow attribute is not about trust as such, they are about passing value or not passing it. Pass value through optimised anchor text to the pages that your want to rank and don't pass value to those you aren't bothered about ranking but want indexed or can't optimise for usability reasons (the infamous "Home" button). If you don't want a page indexed at all, then use robots.txt
This is all very, very interesting. I have a fairly thin site that had been ranking consistently on Page 1 for many terms, for many years. I do a lot of internal linking, not in an attempt to fool Google, but in an attempt to make my site more user friendly for its users. I recently added some pages that had links back to my home page, and the site dropped to page 6 for the effected anchor text keywords. I too, am going to conduct a test:
1) First, I'm going to rel="nofollow" all these new links back to my home page;
Nofollowing the links will stop any value passing and should remove the penalty in my opinion.
[edited by: tootricky at 11:47 pm (utc) on Dec. 9, 2008]
[edited by: tedster at 9:55 am (utc) on Dec. 10, 2008]