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In an outrageous act of selfishness and greed the BBC has decided to stop giving real links to the websites featured in the “Related Internet Links” section on the right hand side of each news story.
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from NickWilsdon 2215 Days ago #
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Patrick asks a good question. What does happen once all the authority sites stop passing PageRank to their own editorial placed recommendations? I wonder if the SERPs will become more spammy and less relevant without these powerful votes? What kind of index will a combination of FUD, link hording (under the guise of sculpting) & nofollow eventually create - do Google even know?

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from patrickaltoft 2215 Days ago #
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I think Google needs to have a quiet word with them. 

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from paisley 2215 Days ago #
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don’t use links to rank...

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from patrickaltoft 2215 Days ago #
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paisley are you really suggesting people can rank without links?

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from IncrediBILL 2215 Days ago #
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The interstitial actually makes sense considering how litigious people are getting about malware sites and the fact that many domains suddenly vanish and return as a porn site or in a domain park, it’s a good business move on their part. I hate to burst the redirect hysteria bubble but Google can definitely crawl through the 302 redirects and some of you may remember it used to be buggy with ’Google 302 hijacking’ because they attributed the ownership of the page to the wrong site.Besides, the interstitial page has a plain link out to your site without a NOFOLLOW so as long as Google isn’t buggy and the BBC doesn’t accidentally take ownership of your page, it should be fine.

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from paisley 2215 Days ago #
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(whistles innocently)

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from paisley 2215 Days ago #
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@patrickaltoft you do need a link to be found..

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from patrickaltoft 2214 Days ago #
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Full credit to the BBC, they left a comment to say they are looking into the issue.

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from currybet 2213 Days ago #
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And, you have to have a smile at Blogstorm applying ’nofollow’ to the comments on this post saying how wrong it is not to hand out link-love ;-)

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from JohnMcD 2213 Days ago #
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I’m not sure if it makes me want to smile, but I definitely noticed that too.  At least BBC isn’t complaining that they don’t get enough link love while hoarding what they have. 

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from patrickaltoft 2213 Days ago #
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Hoarding? Are you serious?<div></div><div>nofollow is a standard part of Wordpress designed to stop spammers. I’ve not editorially vouched for the websites of 99% of people who leave a comment on my blog so why should I give them a live link?</div><div></div><div>I link to plenty of websites but I only give a followed link to ones I have personally seen and decided to link to.</div>

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from HeadlandDigital 2213 Days ago #
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Since BBC are the owners of their website it is really up to them how they want to manage their links.

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from peterryan 2213 Days ago #
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Good point!! @ patrickaltoft

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from swags2804 2213 Days ago #
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@HeadlandDigital The BBC is funded by us, the license payers, and therefore owned by the public. The same would have to be said for their website.

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from JohnMcD 2213 Days ago #
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So nofollow is an excuse to have live links on your website that you don’t have to vouch for?  Seems like that would encourage spammers even more...

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from NickWilsdon 2213 Days ago #
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@swags2804Heh I like your logic Nick - but surely that means we’re all entitled to a gov.uk link or two as well? ;)

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from patrickaltoft 2212 Days ago #
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JohnMcD havingm/ nofollow on blog comments is pretty standard, I’m not sure why you seem to think I’m doing something wrong here.

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from JohnMcD 2212 Days ago #
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Nothing wrong, there’s obviously a huge difference between what BBC is doing and putting nofollow on comments.  I’m just being dense and living in a fantasy land where all links would be editorial because comment moderators manually destroy spam.  Guess I’m a bit of a populist too, I miss the internet we had when smaller sites ranked better.  I was kind of hoping that companies like BBC and NBC would be well on their way to bankruptcy by now - not staging an online comeback with their PR9s and creative ways to avoid linking out to anyone. 

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from currybet 2212 Days ago #
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Patrick, I don’t think anyone thinks you are doing something "wrong" - it just seems a bit odd to be calling someone out for not handing over PageRank, whilst doing the exact same thing yourself. And really, if you can’t vouch for the links you post on the Internet, don’t publish them. Are you basically saying that if you publish links to child pr0n or malware on Blogstorm you don’t care, ’cos you put ’nofollow’ on them and that is enough publishing due dilligence?

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from Hobo 2212 Days ago #
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I don’t think we need to argue the minutia or isolate any hypocrisy when it’s clear nofollowing blog comments is a whole other subject. We’re talking about a big authority site here, with authors choosing to link out to related sites. Not a seo blogger who chooses not to link out via blog comments, like most bloggers do.The BBC link to related sites with related content. What if a commenter leaves a brilliant relevant comment and links to a washing machine site?Its not the same. Not relevant that is. There is no hypocrisy.

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