TheOptimizationIdiot - 4:24 pm on Mar 3, 2013 (gmt 0)
Do you think it's better to try and 'game Google' or just use the tags and HTML markup the way it's supposed to be used?
Personally, I've had the best success by just doing things the way they're supposed to be done.
* That said, I do use noindex when I feel it's best to not worry about certain pages generating traffic but would still like to have them available for the internal use of visitors. But if I have pages that I don't see as useful for visitors then they don't even get the noindex directive, they get the delete button. (What I mean is when get to a page and even have to think "do I really want to find this page, seriously?" it usually gets deleted, cause having to ask the question is usually the answer to the question.)
** The "internal nofollows" are just misguided attempts to game/sculpt PageRank and I'd personally stay away from them, cause at best it's a "nothing factor" that won't help a bit and at worst it'll hurt. The biggest reason I'd stay away though is: who knows when Google will decide to change from "doesn't hurt" to "tank the gamers" and leave a bunch of people scratching their heads about why they don't rank any more.