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.
@ditesco if its a link FROM you, no. A link TO, yes, if you don’t like the quality of the site…
— duane forrester (@DuaneForrester) August 19, 2013
So, just to confirm…
@ditesco “there is no “have to” or “not to” there only is your choice”…if I can paraphrase Yoda here 😉 Disavowing doesn’t boost rank
— duane forrester (@DuaneForrester) August 19, 2013
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.
On 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:
SEO & Internet Marketing
- Google’s Matt Cutts: Once Again, +1s Have No Direct Impact On Rankings (ok, I will dig into this a bit deeper too)
- Negative SEO Case Study: How to Uncover an Attack Using a Backlink Audit
- 5 Easy to Use Tools to Effectively Find and Remove Stolen Content
- How to Create a Popular Infographic
Social/Blogging/Small Business Bites
- 45 Ways To Make Money With LinkedIn (must read, Kristi Hines goes into details here that you may not be aware of)
- Why Should You Care About Your Online Reputation
- No More Guesswork: 5 Website Formats Proven to Get Results
- How to Write a Great Blog Post – Confession of a Bad Writer
- Pinning Your Brand: 6 Tips for Choosing Pinterest Board Names
More cool stuff!
That’s it! Enjoy and have a great weekend!
11 thoughts on “More On Disavow, Google Authorship, PageSpeed, Twitter OAuth, Speedlink 34:2013”
Gurwinder Singh Bhinder
That was really a complete and helpful guide on FAQ about Google algos. Thanks a lot for sharing this.
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.
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.
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.
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..
Thanks so much for including my post here! I definitely appreciate it. 🙂
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
First thanks for posting this type of informative articles, i think it is the best guide for understanding of Google Authorship, Pagespeed.
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.
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 ?
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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