“Google has reiterated a warning to publishers that its ban on links that are designed to enhance a site’s PageRank applies not just to paid links but to sponsored content and advertorial as well.” @PaidContent
There is soon to be a Google DoFollow Penalty to hit you and your blog. Is there anyway your blog is leaking link juice? then you are soon going to be the victim of the incredible dofollow algo change. I should tell you that Google has been analysing various sites as to how they treat links, be it free or paid content. There are millions of blogs which are expected to get hit with the DoFollow Penalty. Its one among the varoous penalites Google has been applying on millions of blogs and content creators. A few good example include but not limited to Google Penalizing Paid Directory Links, Keyword Stuffing Penalties and more.
Sites Expected To be Affected Google DoFollow Penalty
If you run a DoFollow Blog Avoid Google DoFollow Penalty
Are you a blog that truly believes in the DoFollow concept? Then your most likely affected by the Google Penalty. If you have not been affected yet, then its time that you started evaluating your blog policy and how links to externals sites behave on your blog. This is important because, Google is constantly watching blogs and how links are being treated. This is been one of the most important reasons why I moved away from the DoFollow concept.
If your comments or comment links are DoFollow
This is another major area that Google might be focusing on. I’ve seen several blogs use creative plugins and features to increase backlink building and also increase comments and engagement. With the update from Google, sites like these are most likely to be affected.
Sites that Accept Guest Posts Offering DoFollow Links
One of the major concerns this has been over the last few months. Top bloggers have already started taking notice of such changes from Google DoFollow Penalty and have already stopped accepting guest posts. This blog from the very beginning has been a nofollow and a strict no guest post policy to ensure that only my articles are published here. If you are a blog that accepts guest post you might want to consider how these guest post links are being treated and make changes soon. Don’t forget to notify the authors about the no follow links and policy changes,
Site that should consider this check
- Sites that accept guest post from networks like myblogguest.com where a dofollow link in mandatory. There are various other networks out there as well, where dofollow is mandatory.
- Sites that have CommentLuv enabled to enhance comments offering Dofollow Backlinks.
- People who have built backlinks from such Do Follow Sites are also likely to be affected as the ranks of these site drop.
To sum up the entire aspect of the Google DoFollow Algo Update, simply try only to make relevant links do follow and not all the external links. If your PageRank drops, your search rankings are surely to be affected. Also the value of the backlinks that have been built. After reading this post, you better start working on a much more convincing concept to get people to engage on your blog.
Please be wary if someone approaches you and wants to pay you for links or “advertorial” pages on your site that pass PageRank. Selling links (or entire advertorial pages with embedded links) that pass PageRank violates our quality guidelines, and Google does take action on such violations. The consequences for a linkselling site start with losing trust in Google’s search results, as well as reduction of the site’s visible PageRank in the Google Toolbar. The consequences can also include lower rankings for that site in Google’s search results.
Below is a screenshot of the sites that have already been affected by overdoing the DoFollow concept. This Google DoFollow Penalty is soon to be published and effect all Do-follow Blogs.
While there are no Google Penalty Checker Tool available on the web or with Google yet, you can always follow the Google Penalty Checker at SEOMoz for Google Algo updates.
Image credit - Dave Naylor