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Don’t Follow or You Will Be in Trouble

So the root of most of the issues Google is having with THE Canadian Personal Finance Site seems to be failing Google’s Quality Guidelines , seems to be too many links on my home page and on my site so it looks to them like I am a link farm. I feel I am not, but I also realize I do have a lot of links all over my site with Carnivals and such but I am also taking steps to clean up some of the link mess as well.

  1. I have a bunch of things on my page template which linked to sites directly, but I have added Rel=NoFollow tags to many of those (since these links are really courtesy links to friends of mine).
  2. I have told TextLinkAds that I will be removing them in 30 days (I told them that a while ago), so that may be a big fix, but I might be mistaken.
  3. Hacking the Commenters plug-in to create links with Rel=NoFollow was also kind of fun, and that should cut down on the spurious looking links too.
  4. I have gone through many of my older carnival links and done bulk changes to the links there to Rel=NoFollow as well, which should make my site look less like a “link whore” site.

I continue cleaning up the broken links, since they keep coming up, but I will also be changing my page theme, and I may kick some more things out when that happens too.

The last reconsider request I sent to Google took only two days to get a response of NO! so I will wait a while before asking for a reconsideration (maybe after I have a new theme in place as well).

5 thoughts on “Don’t Follow or You Will Be in Trouble”

  1. So, technically I should not be writing comments on bad blogs (I am coming from your older posts). That is what they want?
    According to my policy – I don’t mind writing comments on posts which I like to read.
    I wonder if the search engines were first or the websites.

    1. That is what I am reading, but honestly, I did have a lot of spammy comments from my older times, which I have since eliminated, but I would comment on things that I think are worth commenting on, first and foremost.

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