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Previously, you could just do a redirect script with php or something , but if you have the url in the link to the script, i have a sneaky suspicion google treats this like a link.
I'm trying to design a directory site which will not leak out lots of page rank to other sites.
Unfortunately you ARE focusing on the wrong side of the issue.
Stop thinking about where links go (and what goes with it) - because you really can't FATHOM all considerations.
You, me, we all have a very, very limited understanding of what is actually occuring offsite (after our so-called "leak") - thus we rationalize (because we don't know) it must be bad for us.
That is a very narrow vision of the web.
The greatest problem face by SEOs, clients of SEOs and anyone that actually has a miniscule amount of knowledge about PageRank - you make yourself the center of the Google's web universe -- and really you're not!
If you rationalize yourself at the core of Google's PageRank formula you lose in Google's algorithm!
netnerd - You will see the tangible green bar climb - but your ranks will take far longer than if you leaked to what's worthy around you. ;)
I was under the impression that every link, leaks PR, regardless of where it goes (to a 404 page or robots blocked page etc). Unless Google checks every link to see if it's to a vaild page that isn't excluded by robots, prior to PR calculation, it's going to leak.
Anyone tested this? Googleguy?