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Hide those links | JLH Design
24th September 2008

Hide those links

posted in GWHG, SEO |

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Reid Blue G from Google Webmaster Help Group fame, search quality fortune, and Google glory offered some more answers to more webmaster questions. You can watch the video for his answers.

Even More Webmaster Questions

He answered an interesting question that’s been tested several times by several people but this is the first official mention I can recall.

….wanted to know if Google will follow links on a page using the “noindex” attribute in the “robots” meta tag. To answer this question, Googlebot will follow links on a page which uses the meta “noindex” tag, but that page will not appear in our search results…

What does that mean for you? Well if you’ve got nosy competitors wandering around your link profile as some like to do you can still feed links to a site but keep that page out of the index and away from prying eyes (besides of course through navigation and other lesser search engines). It’s an old trick now but a good one to keep in the arsenal, specially for initial feeder links.

I originally hinted at this in my Don’t Use Robots.txt to Control Indexing post.

A follow up question I’d have is whether or not pages that are not indexed and blocked from being so have to conform to webmaster guidelines or does the site pay a price for having non-conforming pages that are not indexed?  I’ll leave it to the reader to think of the loopholes that exist for either possible answer to that question.

This entry was posted on Wednesday, September 24th, 2008 at 12:47 am and is filed under GWHG, SEO. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. All comments are subject to my NoFollow policy. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

There are currently 5 responses to “Hide those links”

Why not let me know what you think by adding your own comment! All the cool kids are doing it.

  1. 1 MyAvatars 0.2 On September 24th, 2008, Data Entry said:

    Since I don’t know the answer to your last question, I believe I would not use the “no index” or make sure my pages were conforming. It could be devastating to a company to find their website has dropped off the map.

  2. 2 MyAvatars 0.2 On September 26th, 2008, Jobby Tante said:

    I think Google state “Avoid tricks intended to improve search engine rankings” - ask yourself that question when thikning about your loopholes and you will find your answer.

  3. 3 MyAvatars 0.2 On September 26th, 2008, John Honeck "JLH" said:

    Agreed, but I’m not talking of tricking Google, they know what’s going on, they’re the one crawling the page with the links. I’m talking about hiding the links from competitors.

  4. 4 MyAvatars 0.2 On October 6th, 2008, SEO Services said:

    Nice Post. Thanks for sharing this information with us.

  5. 5 MyAvatars 0.2 On October 16th, 2008, Data Entry Lady said:

    I don’t have any pages that I don’t want indexed but I could. This is good to know.

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