martinibuster - 1:29 am on Feb 22, 2011 (gmt 0)
Is eHow hoping to hoard PR and get around the rel="nofollow" black hole effect?
Yes, they are hoping to hoard PR and to get around the black hole effect. So boring and unimaginative. Whoever put this together maybe thought they were clever but it's not. This is among the most hackneyed of low level tricks. The numbest of skulls have been doing these kinds of unimaginative "tricks" for ages.
This is an easily detected attempt to manipulate Google's algorithm. These kinds of "tricks" have been been employed by the numb skulls for so long, that it's probably already on the list of things to flag a site for. It's probably why Google notes unlinked URLs and can read and follow JS links.
This kind of effort is not necessary and might even be hurting them and if isn't it should and it could. What does a site that is a dead end on the Internet say about them? It looks unnatural. It's easy to spot and flag for scrutiny and it should be scrutinized because it's an attempt to manipulate how Google ranks them. And we all know how Google feels about attempts to game their algo.