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Google and Link Building....

As of March 1st, yesterday.


Here is the whole article
https://searchengineland.com/googles-new-treatment-of-nofollow-links-has-arrived-329862


Do you suppose this will start a spam fest on no follow links ?  


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tstolber
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I actually think this is a bigger deal than it is being given credit for.

Also, I think Google has treated some nofollow links the way they say they will now treat them for some time (like at least 2 years).

A nofollow link is still valuable if it is 1) relevant, b) from an authority site and c) brings traffic.

Google can understand all of the above and I am pretty sure treats the links appropriately.

Now if their algorithms do start to weight these links differently and treat the pages that they link to differently I think it will cause some fairly big changes in rankings.

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I don't personally think it'll make much of a difference. Nofollow still doesn't pass ranking credit, so? Also, since it has been implemented the SERPs have been pretty stable, so to me it shows not much will change.

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Problem is the nofollow attribute only ever meant that page rank should not flow. Many people thought it was also an instruction to Google not to follow the link. They have always followed any links they find regardless. 

For quite a while now PageRank has not been the only scoring system of a web page/site so seeing a lot of nofollow links to a target could still be used in helping with its final position. 

The one good thing about the nofollow attribute was it proves to Google that you're not attempting to manipulate SERPS. 

For me personally, I have been watching this new setting and trying to understand quite how they will treat them. I can't believe it will make much difference in terms of ranking but who knows. The Jury is still out on that one.

Knowing a site gets most of its links from user-generated content or from adverts is interesting but should that really affect SERPS ? Maybe, but up until now, Google had no clear way of knowing so I would think its still going to be a while to be able to answer how this will play out. Many sites are still just using nofollow so until that changes drastically it will be hard to get any meaningful tests done.

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I don't think they follow no-follows in most cases. Quote from Google about using nofollows: "you'd rather Google not associate your site with, or crawl the linked page from, your site."
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Following 

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