Someone sent me a link to this post, and I found it extremely interesting. According to the article, Google is following and factoring “no followed” links for ranking purposes.
Back in November, “no follow” was given the white stamp of approval by Matt Cutts, and I heard him say with my own ears that Google will not follow them, or assign any Page Rank either.
The someone (braver than I am!) asked “What if you’re just trying to funnel your own Page Rank?” and Matt replied that it was fine. I wish I could quote him, but his basic response was that they don’t care, and it’s not considered “evil”.
Well, I have a nofollowed link to this same person that shared the article with me, and it’s been no followed since December 2006.
Around February, we noticed that this particular link finally stopped being counted in his inbound link count.
After reading that post today, he noticed that Google was again counting my “no followed link in his link:site.com.
I know that this isolated incident is hardly conclusive evidence that Google is following no follows, but facts are facts. Google links are being followed and counted again, that’s worth knowing…
By the way, here’s the guy who sent me the story (no followed of course)