Backlinks on nofollow blogs - whats the point?

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Hi there,

i was wondering if someone can shed some light as to why people post on blogs to benefit from backlinks - most of these sites are nofollow anyway so its not that they benefit from any SEO juice right??
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  • Profile picture of the author Mike Nikolz
    Yes, Nofollow almost doesn't matter.
    And in the opposite: if you have only dofollow backlinks, it is very suspicious sign for Google. Because it is totally unnatural.
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    • Profile picture of the author InitialEffort
      Originally Posted by Mike Nikolz View Post

      Yes, Nofollow almost doesn't matter.
      And in the opposite: if you have only dofollow backlinks, it is very suspicious sign for Google. Because it is totally unnatural.
      Actually most backlinks on the internet are follow.

      --- But really there isn't much of a point to having no follow backlinks.
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      • Profile picture of the author Taktical
        Originally Posted by InitialEffort View Post

        Actually most backlinks on the internet are follow.

        --- But really there isn't much of a point to having no follow backlinks.

        I don't agree, nofollow backlinks probably do count somewhat to your google ranking, despite google's claims that they don't.

        I believe that even sites like twitter have SOME impact.
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    • Profile picture of the author billrice
      Originally Posted by Mike Nikolz View Post

      Yes, Nofollow almost doesn't matter.
      And in the opposite: if you have only dofollow backlinks, it is very suspicious sign for Google. Because it is totally unnatural.
      I think Mike hit the nail on the head with this one. IMHO, Google tries to get it's signals to reward "natural" as much as possible. Posting comments to blogs and even forums is more often a natural behavior than an automated or paid behavior. So, I think it might get special treatment in the "signals."
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      • Profile picture of the author BenJackson
        let's consider how you get to said nofollow blog in the first place.

        I'll assume you're commenting manually and you have a list of blogs to visit and comment on, and you're not just spamming. When you get to the page you were going to comment on are you really just going to click the back button instead of dropping a quick comment? Maybe if it's a REALLY low traffic blog then don't bother, but I'd say you might as well leave a comment. Spend more time on a more thought provoking or controversial comment on the highly trafficked blogs.
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  • Profile picture of the author iAmNameLess
    Well, regardless of what people say I believe nofollow links still matter towards serps.

    There are a few nofollow blogs that get me a LOT of traffic, so all in all, traffic is what is important.
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  • Profile picture of the author Heavenstorm
    its best to have all kinds of backlinks so it will look natural. We will never know how google really judge regarding nofollow links so having some of them doesn't hurt
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  • Profile picture of the author designerjack
    Originally Posted by Abruzzo Villas View Post

    Hi there,

    i was wondering if someone can shed some light as to why people post on blogs to benefit from backlinks - most of these sites are nofollow anyway so its not that they benefit from any SEO juice right??
    Consider doing NoFollow Blog Comments for the purpose of TRAFFIC.

    Keep in mind, social is a big deal now a days, when people are done
    reading an article, you can leave a great comment and get clicks to your site
    because people do read comments. In fact, it's proven that people LOOK at
    comments before reading the entire article for the purpose of feedback!

    You can traffic from it just by creating constructive and quality posts.

    As for SEO, you aren't going to gain much for page rank, but you'll
    show relevance to your comment/link, which is what Google is all about.

    Overall, you'll still have a site pointing to your site and the bottom line is your
    page rank won't improve from it but the benefits is relevant linking and free traffic.
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  • I imagine google looks at bad backlinks

    like what we see when a bot floods a forum... with spam

    its pretty obvious..
    just my guess
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  • Profile picture of the author dburk
    Hi Abruzzo,

    Wrong!

    The nofollow attribute value only applies to one search engine (Google). Those backlinks will still be valuable for other search engines. Backlinks from pages that have lots of targeted traffic are quite valuable as well. After all, aren't you performing SEO to get targeted traffic?
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    • Profile picture of the author angelarah
      That is right. What about the traffic! I think it is absolutely worth my time and effort if I can gain traffic.
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      • Profile picture of the author emjo
        Gonna display my newbieness here: how do you tell if a blog is "nofollow"? TIA.
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        • Profile picture of the author BenJackson
          Originally Posted by emjo View Post

          Gonna display my newbieness here: how do you tell if a blog is "nofollow"? TIA.
          Hey emjo,

          it's not the blog itself that is nofollow. The nofollow link element applies to a specific link on a web page and it looks like this:

          HTML Code:
          <a href="somesite.com" rel="nofollow" </a>
          There are a host of free tools on the web for recognizing links with the nofollow attribute. The one I use is called SearchStatus, I can't post links yet, but a quick Google search will bring it up.
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  • Profile picture of the author Tron2k
    I think a mix of both is best, anything unnatural to google is a red flag imo
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