I requested reconsideration, and got my PageRank back!

This blog got penalized with a -1 PR penalty for “selling links”. Now I did have some paid links on this blog in the past, when I was newer and less visible to the search world, and less “wise”. I’m not against buying or selling links, but doing it on your own blog, when you’re…

Click here to read all about a natural link profile

Sint Smeding IM’d me tonight, pointing me to this post on his blog, which basically is the Dutch version of what Brian Clark is talking about: whether or not to use “Click here” as anchor text for links. The first thing I had to think of was a post by Jennifer Slegg about choosing the…

nofollow is NOT meant for editorially reviewed links

Imagine you’re like me, and you like WordPress so much that you write plugins for it. People start writing about these plugins and they, of course, link to you. You see these pages writing about you show up in your referrer stats and of course you go and have a look at what they’re writing…

Outbound links in english WikiPedia now nofollowed as well

A friendly admin of en.WikiPedia, whom I’ve been talking to on several occasions about spam on WikiPedia, has just informed that because of another big SEO contest, Jimbo Wales has ordered “nofollow” to be placed on all outbound links on en.WikiPedia. In my opinion, this is great news, as it will reduce the amount of…

W3C paid links no longer indexed

The W3C supporters program had been (ab-)used for a while now by, amongst others, SEO companies. They paid $1,000 to the W3C, and got a link on the supporters page in return, a PageRank 9 page. This way they increased their PageRank. Look among the links on that page, and spot the pages with “SEO”…