CaptainSalad2 - 11:56 am on Aug 31, 2013 (gmt 0)
Google’s guidelines states
“Another useful test is to ask, "Does this help my users? Would I do this if search engines didn't exist?”
“Would I do this if search engines didn't exist”?
Would you use no follow if google didn’t exist?
On the one hand you have google saying you should build for users and not for search engines but on the other they are saying “do this with us in mind or get a penalty”.
With all this fear of linking, can it at all play into googles hands in terms of hurting their competition at all? Could there is a darker undertone here in controlling links in this way that will make other search engines less effective?