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Links w/ <b>

Do they make a huge difference?

     
8:58 pm on Feb 2, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Do links with <b> tags pass more page rank, "link juice" or anything?. I've always thought they would, but what exactly?

On a related note, what do you guys think about following (CSS):

a:link {
font-weight: bold;
}

This is because I really want all of my links to be bolded (assuming they pass more *something*) and it makes the actual source code much cleaner. Now, if I've got some no-follow links on the site, how do search engines react to bolded links w/ no-follows?

Thanks,
- Mike

9:08 pm on Feb 2, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Do links with <b> tags pass more page rank, "link juice" or anything?. I've always thought they would, but what exactly?

I don't think anyone can provide the answer to that. I can tell you from researching the HTML 5 Working Draft that <b> is still a valid element but has "zero" semantic meaning moving forward. It is strictly a presentational element.

On a related note, what do you guys think about following (CSS):

I use it quite frequently myself. No need to clutter all those hrefs with <b></b>.

I wouldn't look at it from a "passing juice" perspective or whatever is perceived to occur. Look at it from the perspective of "would this be correct use" of this element in this situation. If it is a list of links in a menu, you may want to style them globally via CSS and not use a <b></b> element.

No, I don't think that <b> is going to have the effect you are thinking. Its the href itself that counts along with the Anchor Text. If it needs to be bold for visual appeal, then by all means, bold it. If its easier to do with a rule in your global CSS, that just saved you a few bytes of code that may not be needed since it is purely presentational.

11:23 pm on Feb 2, 2008 (gmt 0)

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I'm seeing that it's not necessarily the text of the link, but the text on the page that helps with ranking. Just my observation on our site.
 

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