Dumb SEO Questions

(Entry was posted by Jim Munro on this post in the Dumb SEO Questions community on Facebook, Wednesday, August 28, 2013).

Discussion: Should I add rel="nofollow" to links that are included with my widget?

So let`s try to get some more context on this.

Should Tripadvisor put nofollow into all their widgets?  How about FlightStats.com?

If a business offers data to third parties and requires a link back for attribution of their data must they use nofollow?


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Selected answers from the Dumb SEO Questions G+ community.

  • Micah Fisher-Kirshner: Wasn't there a hangout where someone at Google suggested the TripAdvisor links were okay due to relevancy or am I just imagining that this morning?
  • Jim Munro: You are right, Micah. The saga began during DSQ HOA #8 followed up by a question Richard posed to John.<br /><br />I think it was Richard, anyway, it may have been Rob Maas.<br /><br /><b>We&#39;ll see.</b> :)
  • Micah Fisher-Kirshner: Ah, it was with , I believe. Would be interesting to get an updated response from then (even if it&#39;s a no-update update).
  • Rob Maas: I wasn&#39;t in the hangout to respond but he kinda answered it again:
  • Micah Fisher-Kirshner: : Do you have the exact time where it was addressed?
  • Rob Maas: 40 minutes (wasn&#39;t that in the link ?)
  • Rob Maas: And that was an follow up on this one: 
  • Micah Fisher-Kirshner: Ah... seems like opening a new tab doesn&#39;t always work in getting to the right point...
  • Jim Munro: You are using the developer version of Chrome, right? :)<br /><br />It&#39;s a bug I think.
  • Micah Fisher-Kirshner: heck no, I use FF. I love my plugins :)
  • W.E. Jonk: Besides the Tripadvisor (which is somewhat of an anomaly because they demand dofollow links) Google itself is setting dofollow as default on their own &quot;widgets&quot;. We all know the power of default. For example take a look at the google+ buttons.<br /><br />And there are many more (lets call them) &quot;industry leaders&quot; that set dofollow as a default. So why should a small widget maker use nofollow while all the big players are using dofollow? Isn&#39;t it good practice to look at industry leaders and learn from them? ;<br /><br />I don&#39;t know what G is doing but I wouldn&#39;t be surprised if they start penalizing. If my memory suits me well they did made a rather big buzz by penalizing large brands for paid links when G demanded nofollow&#39;s (BMW is crossing my mind). ;<br /><br />Just thinking out loud and G did this before and rather successfully. So I don&#39;t know, I just want to know if they are going to enforce this &quot;new&quot; nofollow rule (it is not really new because Matt discussed this before as he clearly stated in this video [*])<br /><br />[*]  ;

View original question in the Dumb SEO Questions community on Facebook, Wednesday, August 28, 2013).

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