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My question is two parts...
1) what kind of link is this exactly that looks direct when you roll over it but is actually a redirect?
2) will this type of link transfer any PR or be counted in my backlinks profile with the search engines?
[edited by: tedster at 11:53 pm (utc) on April 21, 2009]
[edit reason] delink the example url [/edit]
<a href="http*//www.example.com/arkansas/" onclick="return gt(this.href,'il.l.ml.e','6','','')" target="_blank" class="titleli">Arkansas widgets & midgets</a>
<a href="http*//www.example.com" onclick="return gt(this.href,'c.nav.10','0','','')" target=_blank>Home</a>
hrefis the actual website URL, then it's clean. For now at least, the spiders only care about the actual
hrefvalue in the source code of the page.
It's a pretty standard approach precisely because it only affects the "real" visitors.
I have a client whose site is on business.com and their links are not so clean. Instead we see:
http://rd.business.com/index.asp?bdcu=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.example.com%2F&bdcf=[long string]&bdcr=3&partner=[another long string]
I used to manage such ads for a client five years ago and back then you paid different amounts for different positions - each listing has an incremental number in that code. If you paid for the 10th position and there were three advertisers, you got the third spot if the other two had paid for a higher position. Business.com has directory "featured" listings as well as "Sponsored Links" (their own PPC ads) - the latter are nofollowed and come from the rd subdomain. The "Breaking News" links are also nofollowed.
The "sponsored links" and such at the top and bottom of the page are going through the rd.business.com links which are a 302 redirect, plus most of them are also nofollowed. (The exception seems to be "featured links" which are still redirects, but are not nofollowed.)
The actual directory listings farther down on the page (under the letter headings like A, B, C, etc.) tend to be direct links in the source code. So, even though the user still gets the redirect, the search engine gets the direct link.
Now, as tedster points out, if different links on business.com have different setups for the source code, that makes it worth checking and rechecking before renewing to make sure you're still getting what you think you're getting. (And I'd go a step further to look at google's cache to see what they are sending to the search engines.)
So could any one explain this code? Will the site www.#*$!.com share the link juice of www.WebmasterWorld.com?