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More On Disavow, Google Authorship, PageSpeed, Twitter OAuth, Speedlink 34:2013

by DiTesco

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Hi everyone! Last week, I asked a question about the disavow tool and how “you” have been using it (if that’s the case). On that post, a very interesting comment was asked by Ray of DialMe.com. His question…

I read up on the disavow tool back when it first came about. I haven’t really followed up on it much since. One thing that I haven’t seen an answer for is should I be concerned about backlinks to my site that are linking to me with the nofollow tag? Or, should I only be concerned with dofollows?

My response was based on “common sense”, in that I think one should not worry about “disavowing” links that has a “nofollow” attribute. I went a step further saying that we really don’t know exactly how search engines treat them. After all, that’s what the “nofollow” is all about, right? This article actually mentions that when doing a clean-up, you either request the link to be removed or add the “nofollow” attribute. OK, is that really enough?

Oh well, I promised Ray that I will actually ask Google and Bing what they thought about it. It was far fetched, but I went ahead and asked Matt Cutts and Duane Forrester directly on twitter. Sadly, Matt has not responded (yet), but Duane did.. Here’s the thread.

So, just to confirm…

Now, how about that! Duane actually says that “disavowing” will not boost rank.

OK, another question. What do you make of all this about “disavow”. I will continue to dig in deeper, lol.

Google Plus AuthorshipOn the Google Authorship front, Maile Ohye (Google’s Developer Programs Tech Lead) published a post about “rel=author’s frequently asked (advanced) questions. Maile answers a series of questions such as, what kinds of pages can be used with authorship, using company mascots as authors, language issues, possibility of having two authors for a single article, how to prevent Google from showing authorship, the difference between rel=author and rel=publisher, and more. If you are interested and want to know more, its definitely a good read as it provides some useful insights and examples, among other things.

Is page speed a more important factor for mobile sites?

Does PageSpeed really matter? Does it really affect rankings? Matt Cutts responds. IMO it should, and a really slow site impacts a lot more things than just rankings.

There you go, it’s not just mobile. If you are on WordPress and you think your site needs a bit of speed boost, read this.

Finally, you really need to read this article if you, like me, went crazy using Twitter’s OAuth to grant access rights to apps, accounts, etc. It has been reported that a hacker from Mauritania leaked what he said were access credentials for 15,167 Twitter users. The hacker said that “no twitter account is safe”. While passwords have apparently not been compromised, the “flaw” is on OAuth tokens, which allows developers to create applications that can directly access Twitter without always having to ask for a user’s password. Time to revoke and reestablish third party app access now? Your choice, but it’s good to do a clean-up. You’ll be surprise just how many apps you’ve authorized in the past.

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As usual, in no particular order:

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That’s it! Enjoy and have a great weekend!

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+DiTesco is a Business and Inbound Marketing Consultant, and founder of iBlogzone.com. iBlogzone's main objective is to help startups and small business owners achieve success in their online ventures. | More About Me and my Consulting Services.

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Gurwinder Singh Bhinder

August 24, 2013 at 3:13 pm

Hey DiTesco,
That was really a complete and helpful guide on FAQ about Google algos. Thanks a lot for sharing this.



August 24, 2013 at 5:38 pm

l can’t understand the disavow concept and the nofollow. If you don’t like a site don’t mention it and don’t touch it.

3 Dave Doolin August 24, 2013 at 10:05 pm

Most of these sorts of things like disavow are “lose-neutral.” That is, if you don’t pay attention it will hurt you, but if you carefully disavow appropriately, it won’t help you.

Rich snippets (microformats, etc) work the same way: you can’t play to win, you can only play to not lose.



August 25, 2013 at 8:29 am

Never think about this before and do we have to care about it?
It really makes sense for any low-ranking sites to link to your site, even higher-ranking sites got hundreds or thousands of backlinks from low-ranking site.



August 25, 2013 at 11:25 am

I really don’t know why you need to disavow the nofollow links by the way I Love you post. keep Sharing Content like this..


Kristi Hines

August 26, 2013 at 2:22 am

Thanks so much for including my post here! I definitely appreciate it. 🙂


Ana Hoffman

August 26, 2013 at 2:49 am

IMHO (and in concurrence with what Duane said), we should disavow links whether they are do or nofollow. Interesting discussion though!

Thanks for the mention, Francisco; always much appreciated. And of course, right back at you in my Weekly Skinny. lol



August 26, 2013 at 4:42 am

First thanks for posting this type of informative articles, i think it is the best guide for understanding of Google Authorship, Pagespeed.

9 Ray August 26, 2013 at 6:18 am

Thanks for looking into this. I did see the first reply from Duane where he said yes you should disavow nofollow links. When I read his second reply though he says disavowing doesn’t boost rank.

Now I am thinking what would be the point of disavowing if it doesn’t help boost rank? I thought that was sort of the point of doing so in the first place to recover some lost rankings associated with poor quality backlinks. He kind of seems to imply that disavowing nofollows won’t help, but maybe I am misunderstanding his second reply.

Of course I am thinking more Google here than Bing though.



August 26, 2013 at 9:52 am

I think disavow tool is overrated. i haven’t seen recovering and gaining original traffic after using disavow tool from google. what do you say ?


Amy smith

August 27, 2013 at 5:39 am

is disavowing the no follow link sites ,boost rank???? i used google disavow tool to remove the links with no follow links and had no ranking ,but in the end i did not saw any boost up.

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