I thought I’d do another Googlenoia Update since I’ve found a few more examples of it and it’s a good opportunity to hand out some all natural, 100% organic, PR free backlinks to people who’re greatly concerned over what random direction Google may take next.
It seems that Google has it in for Terry Didcott at The Honest Way as we can see in these two articles, No More Do-Follow and Honestly, Does The Slap Now Extend To Squidoo Lenses?. In response, it looks like he’s put a nofollow link condom on every link on his blog, even his internal ones. That seems a bit extreme to me but since perhaps Google is after him based on past behavior, it may not be that extreme after all, for him.
Over at My Blog Quest the author of that blog is concerned that the WordPress blogroll might incur a PR penalty so they’ve come up with this idea: Wordpress Hack To Increase Your Google PageRank Value. While limiting outbound links to advertising and sites that don’t need a PR boost, like Wikipedia, is a good idea, nofollowing your online friends is, well, not very nice and actually devalues Google’s results. You should only do this if your blogroll is, in fact, spammy.
Up and coming blogger Wayne Liew is doing away with DoFollow on his blog due to Google fears: Ending Do-Follow for Google. While I agree with some of his reasons for not using DoFollow, notably opening the door to unwanted spammers, I disagree with the idea that the idiotic change in Blogger comments has anything to do with an upcoming penalty on sites that have external links of any kind. Once again, such a penalty would devalue Google’s algorithms.
Now, if you’re wanting to delve into dark gray territory to get one up on Google, check out this post on ComTech News: How to protect your blog from Google and Make more money with Paid Blogging Services. One thing the author of this article, Jack Spirko, forgets is that Google is a registar and as such can, from what I understand, obtain secure domain ownership information. That’s important to consider if you think Google has become truly evil.
Daniel Schulman has this kind of off-the-cuff take on if he’ll draw a penalty for accepting a free ticket in this article: Blue Man Group, Paid Posts, and Google Lovin’. It’s a good question, does cash have to exchange hands for it to be a paid link/review by Google?
And, lastly, over at Blogging India Mohan describes how to get your PR mojo back from Dr. Evil: I got my PR back! 5 Steps to get back yours!
Feel free to share your thoughts on this topic.