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Dofollow links from your ManageWP.org profile

Oct. 7, 2016

TLDR; If you have vote strength 5.0 or more we'll be dofollowing links to your social media profiles and if you have 10.0 we will be dofollowing links to your personal website.
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I recently stumbled upon an article that showed how to get a hassle free dofollow link from this very site. And having checked it, it was real. We forgot to nofollow the links in user profiles, so basically the site was diluting its hard earned page rank juice to links on over 8000+ member profiles, some of them created just for this very spammy purpose.

Ouch!

The way I decided to fix it is to nofollow all member profile links by default.

And then apply following logic:

1. If your vote strength is 5.0 or more you will receive dofollow links to your social media profiles
2. If your vote strength is 10.0 or more (currently only 18 people qualify managewp.org/members ) you will receive dofollow links to your website

This way link juice is distributed to a much smaller group of people, making each contribution more powerful. It is our way of saying thanks for being an active member of this community.

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Mickey Mellen

While I agree with the basic logic behind it, and it should discourage spammers from signing up if they only get a nofollowed link, the idea that you're preventing the site from "diluting its hard earned page rank juice" by doing this is flawed.

In the first few years of PageRank this would have worked; it'd almost be a form of PageRank Sculpting, I suppose. More recently, since around 2009 I think, PageRank still flows out of your site through nofollow links -- they simply don't get credit for them.

This article from WooRank explains it well: www.woorank.com/en/edu/seo-guides/link-juice

Thus, the idea of "This way link juice is distributed to a much smaller group of people, making each contribution more powerful." really isn't true at all.

Again, I like the idea, as new users (such as me) don't deserve link juice flowing to their links, but this won't help you hold on to any of that link juice.

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Vladimir Prelovac

Thanks Mickey for refreshing my SEO mojo. I think it's fair to say that nobody knows how exactly this works and that the new policy is definitely an improvement over the old one.

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Brian Jackson Ⓦ

That is probably a good move. Ya if you google "dofollow backlinks" it is crazy how many lists come up. I have seen ManageWP in a lot of them.

I somewhat agree with Mickey above as well, but still think your new policy is better than the old one. Definitely don't want members signing up just for the backlink if they aren't going to contribute to the community at all.

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Ahmad Awais

Good move! Without any debate it will stop the spam profiles.

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Saurabh Tiwari

I think It's Great Move, I have just joined this wonderful Community, Looking forward to learning new thing here

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