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Could Panda be a result of ignored nofollow tags to trusted sites?

   
12:52 am on Aug 3, 2011 (gmt 0)

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Could Panda be something as simple as Google ignoring the nofollow tag if Google trusts the site being linked to?

Some sites you'd expect to see a boost from ignoring the nofollow tag would be ebay or other sites with affiliate programs and last I checked ebay is now top 10 all over the place.

The result would be instant and dramatic though several layers of trust could be employed.
7:50 am on Aug 3, 2011 (gmt 0)



It doesn't make a lot of sense to me. If they decided that site X had enough authority why not just add the authority to the site rather than break nofollow?

Also I don't think these sites have been given a boost across the board - eBay, Amazon and a few very large retailers operate in my niche but they are no where in the SERPs.
8:59 am on Aug 3, 2011 (gmt 0)

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i think its the opposite - google are devaluing links that aren't nofollowed, wiping out a lot of your backlink profile.
if panda decides that a site is low-quality, then it makes sense that they will devalue their links too. if you have some of those pointing at you then you wont see as much benefit.

the reason i think big sites like amazon and ebay aren't suffering is because their backlink profiles are so huge that they can take the hit better than the smaller sites.