The “Nofollow” Tag Conspiracy

It truly is A Conspiracy Guy! At least I believe it is – not extended ago, I observed an short article, boasting to appear from Google (possibly via Matt Cutts, I honestly are unable to try to remember), stating that they ended up encouraging web sites (in particular weblogs), to commence utilizing the “nofollow” tag in an hard work to protect against the synthetic inflation of website link reputation.

Not extended just after I read through this short article, I observed that weblogs my staff had been submitting on, now had “nofollow” tags when we connected to a website. Soon just after this, the tag commenced to show up in spots like Flickr,, and many others., and now I identified it on my community profile website page of Linkedin.

The amusing factor about the “nofollow” tag on my community profile website page in LinkedIn is that the links to my website and my blog (this blog) have “nofollow” tags just after the URL but the website link to my profile on MySpace isn’t going to? Why do you suppose that is?

I am going to tell you why – due to the fact it is a conspiracy! I think that Google has, hmmm, ah, “strongly recommended” that web sites (ie. WordPress Weblogs, Weblogs, Flickr,, Reddit, and many others.) employ the “nofollow” tag or suffer the wrath of Google. Think about it – why else would businesses employ a “nofollow” tag? They are not leaking that much PR by getting rid of the “nofollow” tag, so why employ it except if there was repercussions for not? And why do some web sites employ the tag for only selected web sites, like I have identified with LinkedIn and MySpace? There seems to be an ‘inner circle’ that is exempt from the “nofollow” rules that almighty Google has set forth.

Individually, I believe that the major boys (ie. MySpace, Linkedin, Fb, Digg, and many others.) are element of this interior circle of buddies with Google and this lets them to ‘leave-out’ other associates within just their circle of buddies but penalize the rest of us with the dreaded “nofollow” tag.

Supply by Trevor Walter