Sunday, 15 March 2009

Don't Follow The Do follows

The amount of posts in the forums on list of 'do follow' this and 'do follow' that just seems to me to show an unhealthy obsession with do follow links.

Please before anyone shoots me down, I am not saying 'do follow' links are bad. On the contrary I think if you can get a highly relevant do follow link to your site from a high PR site, Yippee.

But lets face it, How often does this happen? A lot of the 'do follow' lists are PR 3 at the most sites which I suppose are okay for the link, or are they?

Let's take a closer look.

These sites with 'do follow' links tend to attract hordes of webmasters all seeking the PR boost that a link from these pages can give to their sites. So you end up with a not so significant blog post with over a hundred comments.

But hey, do we not know that the more links there are pointing out of a webpage, the less PR value each link has?? Hmmm

So I say forget about whether the links are 'do follow' or 'no follow'.

Just post quality content on sites that are not overrun with comments.

A high traffic, 'no follow' blog, which is not over-run with comments, on which you can add something useful to the conversation is probably going to get you more traffic, from human visitors clicking on your link, than a post that is comment 125 on some 'do follow' site


L. Mohan Arun said...

Who said the more links that are outgoing, the lesser is the PR value passed on? Is there an authoritative reference for this? Google has confirmed that, you cannot have more than say 100 links on the same page. But even if you have, it is not going to affect ranking in anyway

ami said...

I am not sure Google has confirmed any of what we practice as SEO. A lot of it is a result of testing

However the reduced PR juice per link on a page with multiple outbound links is certainly not a new concept