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No follow message on Blogger

  1. Sinea Pies profile image85
    Sinea Piesposted 5 years ago

    My blog is a Blogger blog...which is a Google product. Today a new check box showed up in the place where we can set up hyperlinks. It is an option to make the link "no follow". 

    I've looked at the learning page they provide to explain it but I don't think I get what the advantage might be. Understanding it could help us a little in understanding how Google works...at least I think so .  Can anybody help me with this?  Here is the link: http://support.google.com/webmasters/bi … swer=96569

    1. nightbear profile image61
      nightbearposted 5 years ago in reply to this

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      1. Marisa Wright profile image93
        Marisa Wrightposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        I don't think I agree with that.  If you're linking to a relevant picture,video or other websites (which you don't own), that's a positive thing.   Google takes those outgoing links as a sign that you're doing your research and adding value, by finding other online resources to help your readers.

        1. lobobrandon profile image82
          lobobrandonposted 4 years ago in reply to this

          Pics as well? Oh didn't know that thanks Marisa smile I'm just 6 months into writing etc so pretty new at this stuff - somewhat new wink

          Thanks again - I won't do it then big_smile

          1. Marisa Wright profile image93
            Marisa Wrightposted 4 years ago in reply to this

            Pictures may be more debatable - but the point is, leaving them "do follow" won't do any harm, as far as I'm aware, so why waste time coding them when it's not necessary?

            1. lobobrandon profile image82
              lobobrandonposted 4 years ago in reply to this

              Ok wink

    2. lobobrandon profile image82
      lobobrandonposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      Nightbear has explained it perfectly. When you say no-follow the website that you link to isn't promoted by your blog. So it doesn't work as a backlink

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        jenuboukaposted 5 years ago in reply to this

        So why would one want to be a no follow?  Er, when should you use no follow?

        1. WryLilt profile image87
          WryLiltposted 5 years ago in reply to this

          Because if you have lots of links and you're telling Google they're all worth something to those other sites... then Google will think your blog looks spammy and that you'll give a good link to any site, instead of selected good sites. In basic terms anyway.

          It's also there so when people comment on your content with a link to their own site, it doesn't help their own site in Google's eyes.

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            jenuboukaposted 5 years ago in reply to this

            Sweet, thanks for the clarification.

        2. lobobrandon profile image82
          lobobrandonposted 5 years ago in reply to this

          You should use no follow if you want to tell the search engines I'm not promoting this guy but just linking to him. Don't count it as a backlink.

          1. Sinea Pies profile image85
            Sinea Piesposted 5 years ago in reply to this

            My latest blog post has 6 links to really great sites that should be a real bonus to my readers. Am I understanding it correctly that I want them to "follow" and it will enhance my post in Google's "eyes"?

            1. Sinea Pies profile image85
              Sinea Piesposted 5 years ago in reply to this

              Another question. The two photos I used in the blog post are flickr. I should have made those links "no follow" right?  I'll have to go back and do that.

              1. lobobrandon profile image82
                lobobrandonposted 5 years ago in reply to this

                Yes make the flickr links no-follow.

                The other  links you could keep them as follow or no-follow its upto you. No-follow doesn't mean your readers can't click the link - they see it as a normal link and everything is exactly the same only search engines don't consider it as a backlink for the site you're linking to.

                If you truly appreciate the websites you've linked to I'd suggest keeping them as a do-follow as that's a way of saying thanks to the owner of those websites. But, only if you really want to give them a backlink from your blog

            2. WryLilt profile image87
              WryLiltposted 5 years ago in reply to this

              No, it will enhance those other site's pages in Google's eyes. You're basically telling Google "I support these sites, rank them higher in Google".

              And yes, Flickr links definitely don't need to be dofollow.

        3. Marisa Wright profile image93
          Marisa Wrightposted 5 years ago in reply to this

          You would also do it if you had a lot of, say, Amazon affiliate links on your site.  You don't want Google to think your site is just a landing page to sell affiliate products (even if it is!)

          1. Sinea Pies profile image85
            Sinea Piesposted 5 years ago in reply to this

            Excellent point. I wish I could "think and speak Google" more fluently. But I am learning. Thanks for adding one more great piece of knowledge.

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      bri36posted 5 years ago in reply to this

      Thank you Sinea Pies for bringing this up and helping those of us that are trying to move forward. Knowledge is power top us all iT we can understand it  right?

  2. Healthy Pursuits profile image88
    Healthy Pursuitsposted 5 years ago

    Do you think that HP will have that option at any time soon? I have gotten some hits on a couple of pictures that I don't want. It would be nice to be able to stop that.

    1. lobobrandon profile image82
      lobobrandonposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      You can make them No follow if you wish. I'll be doing it for my hubs on Sunday and once I do it - I'll post the html code here. Its something like rel=nofollow
      I'll have to look it up though

      1. nightbear profile image61
        nightbearposted 5 years ago in reply to this

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        1. Healthy Pursuits profile image88
          Healthy Pursuitsposted 5 years ago in reply to this

          Thank you both! Great and useful info. Voted up!  big_smile

        2. lobobrandon profile image82
          lobobrandonposted 5 years ago in reply to this

          I always use the new tab thing smile Thanks for the no follow code big_smile

        3. Sinea Pies profile image85
          Sinea Piesposted 5 years ago in reply to this

          Love it, Nightbear. I am the big "open in a new window" herald. Wrote a hub on it. The additional html is so good to know.  This online writing stuff has a lot more work to it than meets the eye but it's well worth the effort.

      2. Marisa Wright profile image93
        Marisa Wrightposted 5 years ago in reply to this

        How are you going to manage to use HTML code in your Hubs, pray?

        1. WryLilt profile image87
          WryLiltposted 5 years ago in reply to this

          Have they changed the ability to use basic HTML using the HTML button in edit mode?

        2. lobobrandon profile image82
          lobobrandonposted 5 years ago in reply to this

          U don't know? In each capsule when you edit it you can go to HTML on the top left of each capsule. I use the open in new tab thing already just have to add the no follow. I wonder if it will accept the no follow code - But, I don't see why not

          1. Sinea Pies profile image85
            Sinea Piesposted 5 years ago in reply to this

            What I truly wish they would offer is html editing in our profiles. It bothers me that any links we add will not open in a new window.

            1. lobobrandon profile image82
              lobobrandonposted 5 years ago in reply to this

              That's true smile

          2. Marisa Wright profile image93
            Marisa Wrightposted 5 years ago in reply to this

            I always understood that function was very limited, to prevent people adding bannners etc.  I'll be interested to hear whether the no follow code works.

            1. lobobrandon profile image82
              lobobrandonposted 5 years ago in reply to this

              If it doesn't HP should make it possible, anyway I'll be trying today. I checked and luckily Amazon caps are no-follow

              1. Marisa Wright profile image93
                Marisa Wrightposted 5 years ago in reply to this

                Can you explain why you feel the need to make your outgoing links no-follow? 

                I can understand with affiliate links, if you have a lot of them. I can't understand why you're concerned about links to any other site.

                Making those links "no follow" is telling Google to ignore them. What's the benefit in that?  As you probably know, Google likes to see outgoing links to related sites, so you could adversely affect your Google ranking if you "no follow" unnecessarily.

                1. lobobrandon profile image82
                  lobobrandonposted 4 years ago in reply to this

                  I'm talking about the flickr links and stuff. I'd definitely not make any other links no follow. Just when I use others pics. I can't get pics of my own all the time

                  1. Marisa Wright profile image93
                    Marisa Wrightposted 4 years ago in reply to this

                    Why are links to pics a problem then?  IMO, leaving it "do follow" is part of thanking the photographer.

                2. nightbear profile image61
                  nightbearposted 4 years ago in reply to this

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                  1. Marisa Wright profile image93
                    Marisa Wrightposted 4 years ago in reply to this

                    I'm not an expert, and I don't follow any particular guru, but that's not my understanding at all. 

                    First, I agree - Google wants to see only relevant links.  Even a few irrelevant links are bad news. But Google's war on outgoing links is targeted specifically at penalizing landing pages and affiliate spam.  If you have a small blog (or a small HubPages sub-domain) stuffed with outgoing links, be careful - because if Google decides you've created a few token pages just to send readers elsewhere, you're in trouble.  But if you have a substantial collection of Hubs, there are advantages to linking out.

                    Google actually likes relevant links to reputable sites.  It demonstrates that you've done your research, and you're being helpful to your readers.  Google doesn't like selfish websites!

                    That's been well known on HubPages for a couple of years.  HubPages used to recommend 10 outgoing (related) links in a 1,500 word Hub.  Some Hubbers tried it and found that yes, adding the links improved their rank significantly.  I used to add mine below the comments in a "Further Reading" section, so Google could see them but readers wouldn't be tempted away - unfortunately we can't do that now.

                    One of my friends recently tried an experiment. She added fifty - yes, fifty - outgoing links to her blog, including competing websites.  They were all do follow.  She put them on pages that readers rarely visit - things like the Contact or Privacy pages.  Her blog shot up the SERPS.  I haven't gotten around to doing the same (I know, lazy) but I know two other people who repeated the experiment with the same result.

                    As for Flickr and other photo sites - I agree that Google knows what they are, but that's precisely why they're unlikely to be a problem.  Google knows  they're not spammy sites, and they're a useful resource for webmasters to source images.  So why on earth would they penalize webmasters for using them?  You'll notice even a small site like HubPages makes exceptions for Flickr in their link restrictions, so it would be easy for Google to do the same.

                    Like I say, I'm not an expert, but I've found it's never a good idea to listen to just one "guru".

                  2. Sinea Pies profile image85
                    Sinea Piesposted 4 years ago in reply to this

                    Yikes, nightbear....I am so over-social marketed that I don't have a Google + account. So I need one to help conquer Google SEO?

  3. Scribenet profile image83
    Scribenetposted 5 years ago

    Great info on the no-follow. I haven't paid attention until now, this explains it and I like the information on the code! Thank you!

    1. Sinea Pies profile image85
      Sinea Piesposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      me too

 
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