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1:11 pm on Oct 28, 2006 (gmt 0)

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One of my sites has quit a big link directory to relevant sites. Some of the links are the result of a link exchange, others are one way links to interesting sites.

I was thinking about putting "nofollow" on the one way links to combat PR leakage.

Is this a good idea? If yes, what would be the best to use, a nofollow tag or making the links javascript links?

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Dirk

2:12 pm on Oct 28, 2006 (gmt 0)

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I run a couple of directory sites that rank competitively in their niches despite thousands of outgoing links that aren't reciprocated. (There are also hundreds that are reciprocated.) I'll use javascript for things like affiliate banners that circulate throughout the site, but other than that, PR can flow freely to the outgoing links.

So does relevance. The search engines see links that are tightly focused and exactly on theme for the site's topic. Playing games with nofollow "might" conserve a bit of PR, but on the other hand I'd lose credit for the relevance of those links. I'd rather have the relevance.

4:05 pm on Oct 28, 2006 (gmt 0)

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PR can flow freely to the outgoing links...

So does relevance

Ahh, a breath of fresh air. Work the web the way the web is supposed to work.

1:21 pm on Oct 30, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Thanks Buckworks, that makes sense.
5:31 pm on Nov 1, 2006 (gmt 0)

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PR doesn't leak from your site and you cannot conserve it. This is a misunderstanding of PR. Linking to spammy sites can get you penalized and get you PR 0 so it may appear that it leaked but it's really because of a penalty. You can actually get better rankings by linking to good sites as long as they aren't your competitors and they are helpful resources to link to.