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Nofollow tag on widget & high quality links

7:01 am on Jan 19, 2014 (gmt 0)

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I'd like to ask 2 questions regarding correct Nofollow tag usage.

The role of Nofollow links and the way Google are handling them has been changed more than once during the years - so I'm a little confused when it comes to implementing the tag:

1. My domain is offering, among other things, widgets for webmasters. At the bottom of each widget there's a visible to Search Engines HTML link.
As we all know, Matt Cutts has specifically mentioned that these kind of links can hurt us:

[searchengineland.com ]

Is tagging the links with Nofollow enough?
How to address this issue when getting a new link (next to a widget) from a quality, authoritative new site?
To your opinion, what's the best practice in such case?

2. In one of the site’s main sections, there are about 1000 pages linking each to a high quality - government site as references (The domain has about 13M pages indexed).
These are quality, authoritative sites. From a user point of view, linking to them is important and gives the site credibility.

Should I place Nofollow on these links, or leave them as they are?
Again, what would be the best practice?


8:43 pm on Jan 20, 2014 (gmt 0)

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If you are willing to nofollow the link you include in the widget, why not just delete it? Widget links can be very dangerous if they are not managed properly. I would not want to gain 100,000 nofollow links from unrelated websites overnight and that is possible with widget links.

IMHO There is no reason to nofollow a link to a quality site ASSUMING it is not manipulating (or could appear to be manipulating) Google rankings.