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All of the comments were nofollow, although the blogs and even the comments pages had PR of 4, 5 or even 8.
Has anyone arrived at a conclusion that blog links have value, even if PR isn't passed? Is Google viewing the links as trust?
I know this topic has been covered a zillion times, but I have yet to read any definitive answers.
I find blog links on Yahoo, so I know that Google must be aware of them. The question is whether Google regards those links as something of value that can affect rankings.
If the reply is good enough and on a well trafficked blog you can actually get some direct traffic from the post. I get a bit from this stuff myself, though not very much.
In other words, it's my untested belief that nofollow blog comments provide little or nothing from a ranking perspective and little in terms of traffic.
Not all blogs are nofollow though. The ones that aren't nofollowed though are very closely monitored so comments like 'I like your blog, very interesting' tend to get deleted.
I assume they treat it as if the link is basically not there.
nofollow does not stop them from showing such link in link: command list. IMO the main issue with nofollow links from blogs is that if such links suddenly appear in large quantity (probably in relation to other links) then it would look like spamming for backlinks.
My impression was that G treated a nofollowed link as plain text - i.e. no anchor tag at all.
Only the Goog knows for sure.
As for the value of blog links, I've found from the handful of niche-specific blog communities I participate in that while a nofollow link from a blog might only bring some incremental traffic, it can also draw an additional "real" link or two. I think the secret is to be an active participant, commenting in at least a somewhat intelligent way, and only dropping a link when it adds true value to the conversation. It can be time consuming, but does fill the void between innings of a Yankees-Red Sox game.