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do backlinks need to be a Follow link or as long as its NOT a NoFollow does it count?
Where were you diddlydazz in 2011, when I shared that the traffic metric [webmasterworld.com] is a good signal of quality? :)
backlink profile? I dont get it... in what sense?
Links have been on a years-long journey away from being purely a ranking signal to becoming a negative signal in itself, something for the spam filter. It started as a ranking signal then quickly became a relevance signal once Google started depreciating links based on on-page relevance factors. The further depreciation of the value of links continued with whacking links based on the location on the page. That was the evolution of the concept of unnatural links, growing in response to methods such as expired domains (remember those!), text link brokers, and reciprocal linking. Links moved from ranking signal, to relevance signal then links as a signal moved to having one foot in the ranking algorithm and the other foot in the “un-ranking” algorithm.
Do I believe Google is desperately trying to find more and better ways to “validate” the authenticity of links? Absolutely.
That was the evolution of the concept of unnatural links, growing in response to methods such as expired domains (remember those!),