flanok - 11:36 am on Apr 20, 2013 (gmt 0)
Just to clarify
These are not links offering univeristy offers.
These are 3rd party businesses, that contact universities stating if a student were to buy from them, they would offer a discount.
I dont have an issue with these links being placed as a marketing tool (ie nofollow), I do have an issue that it affects serps and all top placements, for my chosen search term has at least one university link.
In fact I may have understood and accepted, book sellers or rail cards etc, that are traditionaly associated with students.
But I know, the links have been sourced by the 3rd party companies, only to gain high quality links and in most cases are not based anywhere near each of these universities.
The universities, are not visiting these 3rd party websites an making their own decision to link, because of any high quality relevant content. They are making their linking decision only by the discount being offered to the students.