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Does blog Syndication leak PageRank?

Discussion on blog syndication and Pagerank?



8:39 pm on Oct 24, 2007 (gmt 0)

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I recently ran a bot on my site to se the Pagerank of each page.

This particular bot shows the number of outbound links, or basically PR bleed.

In looking over the report, a full 90-95% of my outbound links are from my onsite blog. Of those, 90% are to technorati.

I have 2 questions

1) Is this draining major PR from my site and also dissipating the value of the relevant links in my content? Not that technorati is not relevant but...

2) My blog gets little to no comments. Very few sites are listed on the blogroll. It tends to be an informational resource only. Therefore, should I possibly add the "nofollow" tag from my site to my blog altogether? That way it gains links and PR from the outside sources that link to it (and passes it along to my site) but does not drain PR through these links?

I do not mind passing PR to relevant sites, but I do not want to randomly drain PR through syndication links.

I don't want the blog dissallowed by the robots.txt file, since I do want the info spidered.

Thanks for any info.


5:29 pm on Oct 25, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Any ideas on this one or is it just too stupid to respond to? :-)


6:05 pm on Oct 25, 2007 (gmt 0)

WebmasterWorld Senior Member tedster is a WebmasterWorld Top Contributor of All Time 10+ Year Member

I would not use nofollow for the blog. But then again, I'm one of those who has no concern about bleeding PR.

Does the blog link back to the main site?


7:21 pm on Oct 25, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Thanks for the reply. The blog does indeed link to the main site. And, in fact, the blog has more PR than the main page. More people link to it than anywhere else on the site. It has really become a valuable resource.

Thanks for the confirmation of what I was thinking.


7:24 pm on Oct 25, 2007 (gmt 0)

WebmasterWorld Administrator buckworks is a WebmasterWorld Top Contributor of All Time 10+ Year Member

Have you thought about putting "nofollow" on just the syndication links?


8:28 pm on Oct 26, 2007 (gmt 0)

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I don't believe I'm savvy enough. The company is running Dasblog on IIS. My background is more open source. Not sure where/how to add nofollow to just the syndication tags.

The blog is not in the normal structure of the site where I can toy with it.

Thanks for the idea, though. I'll look into it.


9:22 pm on Oct 26, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Don't bother worrying about bleeding PR.
All of my sites bleed PR. It's pretty hard to come start a web site or blog or an existing one that contains a totally new concept.
But there are authorities.
Stay with me, so you link out to these authorities. First step in seo as far as I'm concerned. I have very few complainers from who I have done services for.
I remember Matt Cutts implying it is okee dokee to no follow links on your own site to concentrate PR on a certain page, but out the other side of his neck he says it's wrong to manipulate Page Rank is BAD.

You said "Of those, 90% are to technorat"

OH! #*$!
Read up on the forums, link to content no to links!


9:48 pm on Oct 26, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Thanks for the input.

My site does give out PR, and when it's to authority sites I do not mind.

As far as authority sites go, it is a little hard to find authorities in our field since there are basically 3 authorities in our industry, us and 2 competitors. Our product is one that takes years to accumulate. It's almost like being Webster's dictionary. Who are they to link to/from? the Oxford English dictionary site? Encarta? Most of my intentional links tend to be to government sites.

But that's not what I'm asking about.

Also, I don't link to links, I tag the material with technorati tags. When I run Pagerank bot on it, it shows these syndication links. There are thousands of them and all of them pass juice.

thanks again,


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