Can nofollow links hurt my site’s ranking?

I’m building links, not for SEO but to try and generate direct traffic, if these links are no-follow am I safe from getting any Google penalties? Asked anoth…

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22 Responses to Can nofollow links hurt my site’s ranking?

  1. mattiebryant54 says:


  2. Miguel Silva Rodrigues says:

    There’s another way for nofollows to hurt your site. If you use nofollow internally on a site, and go overboard with it, you run the risk of preventing good content from getting indexed. Although, if done right, that could be useful (e.g. when your site’s forum is spammed)

  3. Miguel Silva Rodrigues says:

    Not quite. It’s more that people mistake “nofollow” for “not knowing”

  4. Davide De Maestri says:

    Nice Firefox T-Shirt Matt :D

  5. Jennifer Sultzaberger says:

    Matt Cutts makes Google a reality.

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  7. Omid Shirazi says:

    tells you something about FF doesn’t it!

  8. Omid Shirazi says:

    Google’s Matt Cutts wears Firefox shirt over Chrome? NICE :)

  9. alberto dorso says:

    NO me interesa en absoluto estar suscripto a esta pagina,agradecido de todas maneras, pero quisieran que me cancelen la suscripcion.THANK YOU.

  10. Jasmin Jackson says:

    So that explains why I seen a bunch of comment spam to my site starting on Sept 5.. Almost like someone knew this was coming and started targeting with neg seo.. Hmm

  11. Kristian Tapia says:

    shepard fairey 

  12. CR says:

    whats with the ff tshirt?

  13. Aaron Whittaker says:

    Same question but change no-follow to follow… You list on a directory to get direct traffic though Google can penalise you for this in it’s organic rankings?

  14. Derek Devlin says:

    Am I the only one thinking about anchor text here? Surely if I have 1000 nofollow “blue widgets” nofollow exact match anchor text links then I’m going to get hit with Penguin for over-optimizing for blue widgets, sure the proportion of nofollows probably isn’t any issue unless you are totally abusing it but what about anchor text!?

  15. Rohit Palit says:

    It’s good to have a bit of variation in your links… 90+% dofollow links don’t always seem natural for all kinds of sites. Don’t agree on “they have always been completely upfront that nofollow links are totally ignored by their algorithms”. You wouldn’t need nofollow’ed links while building dofollow’ed ones for SEO, that way.

  16. Spook SEO says:

    Sometimes, but I target 90% dofollow. I only really use nofollow for traffic, not SEO.

  17. Rohit Palit says:

    Do you sell nofollow’ed links as well?

  18. Mark Wilson says:

    Is Chrome about to take-over Firefox?? Should we read something into that T Shirt Mr Cutts? Why is there only one Monopolies Commission? Oh the questions are endless :)

  19. CubicWebs says:

    Works at Google and wears a competitor’s T-shirt 😮

  20. makem0neyinlife says:

    am I spamming right now or not hmmm? I really don’t know, because after watching this video, neither do Google. Nothing new learned here, just the silly game of Maybe and “We Can’t Tell You” … so YES or NO lol :)

  21. texxs01 says:

    It’s called “reverse SEO” this is pone form of it anyway. And yes, it works. Thanks for sticking with a flawed algo Google!

  22. texxs01 says:

    0:25 – So now Google is going to penalize people that have a lot of links and are unpopular but not corporations?  WTF?

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