I just saw a post by Aaron Wall of SEObook.com saying “People Don’t Look Beyond the Page“. It says, “I once saw a college professor cite a page about caffiene on a low quality site about pornography, gambling, and drugs on his official profile page. Many people never look beyond the page when linking to a story.”
Call it “Good Page on Bad site Problem”
This is generally true as most of the people are not aware of backlashes of linking to bad sites. So my team asked me two questions :-
- How to handle it in an effective way? (I do not have time to check the whole site whether it is good or not)
- What happens if I want to use the bad site as a bad example, bad sites are not 100% bad they can still be good examples for bad sites :)? (I liked the question)
Here we go
- You need some plugins which will help you understand the site quality. You can install site advisor or SEO tool (and browse the homepage). This will let you know what others feel about this site as a whole. Still if you are not sure of what you are linking to then add “NoFollow” Tag.
- If you want to talk about a bad site, let the world know you are not recommending them with a nofollow tag.
In Short, link to only good sites (that you know as good) and for everything else (even for the sites which may be good but you are not aware and have no time to investigate) use NoFollow tag.