| 9:08 pm on Apr 29, 2010 (gmt 0)|
why would you let a competitor control how you implement links on your site?
send the link through a redirect script that is excluded by robots.txt.
| 9:15 pm on Apr 29, 2010 (gmt 0)|
It's complicated...let's just say we share customers.
They would spot a redirect URL, so I don't think that would fly (they spotted the nofollow tag).
If I put the nofollow tag onto the link sneakily using something like ajax, would google still crawl the link?
| 6:03 am on May 3, 2010 (gmt 0)|
| 7:55 am on May 3, 2010 (gmt 0)|
there is only one sure way to do this, cloak the link, test for googlebot and don't serve the link to it, serve the link to everybody else.
OT i have links to lots of my competitors from my site and it doesn't seem to hurt me (or help them so much that they outrank me)
| 1:20 pm on May 3, 2010 (gmt 0)|
If I cloaked the link (dynamically generated it if I didn't detect a search engine bot) couldn't that hurt my site in general? Can't search engines detect cloaking by pretending to be a non-search engine and comparing the results?
| 6:07 pm on May 3, 2010 (gmt 0)|
cloaking is the only way, as it is the only way this other person won't see what you've done ... if they don't like nofollow they are not going to like js either
>>Something like document.write('htt' + p://badsi' + 'te.com') should be enough to fake out google, right?
it's easy enough to test this, but i'd say google could read and follow that.
| 6:18 pm on May 3, 2010 (gmt 0)|
| 7:13 pm on May 3, 2010 (gmt 0)|
i don't know if that would work, i just know what i've tested for ... i have js linked bot traps which googlebot falls into all the time.
but my original point stands, if the guy is complaining about a nofollow link he surely is also going to complain about some kind of obscured js link too.
| 7:26 pm on May 3, 2010 (gmt 0)|
Still paranoid about cloaking the link with PHP (which would be easy to do based on the user agent)...sure google wouldn't punish for that?
| 7:44 pm on May 3, 2010 (gmt 0)|
You could come at this from a completely different direction ... don't think about cutting off the flow of Page Rank to the competitor, think more in terms of reducing it.
Leave the link as a normal, dofollow HREF link, exactly what the competitor wants. But also add some other new links to the page, even if you just do it by adding few links to your internal navigation. That way the available link juice would be divided into more portions, and less would flow to the competitor's link.
Do the same thing a step further back in the chain. Place more links on pages that link to the page that houses the competitor's link. That again would re-channel the flow of link juice a bit.