mihomes - 3:12 am on Apr 3, 2013 (gmt 0) [edited by: tedster at 3:40 am (utc) on Apr 3, 2013]
Anyone catch the WebmasterHelp video that was uploaded today. The question was something along the lines of - if a site is caught selling links and the site links to me what will happen? [youtube.com...]
Cutts explains the answer then :
1 - Site caught selling links has its PR go down, 30, 40, 50... percent.
2 - Page rank going forward goes down as trust in the domain is lost.
3 - To the person asking the question - his site is not affected at all. Basically, the link passes nothing - doesn't help or hurt.
I think this is great. When all this came about this is what I originally proposed they do - just make the links mean nothing. I think most of us assumed we were getting negative action on our site through links (negative seo comes to mind). Although this doesn't mean the same method is applied to anything other than link seller sites.
It does raise a few questions...
- This is essentially saying you can keep buying links as much as you want and it will not affect you. You are in a sense taking a gamble and if it works it works or the site gets caught and the juice is gone. No affect to the buyer other than he might have not got his moneys worth.
- What in the world is the disavow tool for then? It is not for cleaning up paid links obviously from the answer above. So it must be for follow links from scraper sites, directories, domain info sites, etc that we obviously aren't paying for, but just happen. Why don't they just expand on the same concept for link seller sites to those who have x% of non-quality outgoing links? I'll use one of those domain info sites as an example - a picture of the index page, date registered, maybe some kw info, whois, all that crap - these are typically worthless follow links. Can't they use the same method for these?
It would allow the receiver website peace of mind as they wouldn't have to worry about bad links plus we wouldn't be sifting through them to possibly add to a disavow list as well. More time spent on the actual site then everything else.
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[edited by: tedster at 3:40 am (utc) on Apr 3, 2013]