Google’s Matt Cutts: I Recommend NoFollowing Links On Widgets

links-danger-risk-featuredMatt Cutts, Google’s head of search spam, posted a video answer this morning strongly recommending that those who place widgets on their sites, or those who distribute widgets, should place a nofollow on the links within the widget code.

Matt Cutts said, “I would recommend putting a nofollow, especially on widgets.”

The reason is because he said most people who embed the widget on their sites do not realize what else they are embedding on their website outside of the functionality of the widget itself. So, if the widget is to embed a poll on your site, it may contain a link back to the poll website without a nofollow on that link.

Google is telling the widget maker to add a nofollow on that link, so that the webmaster who is adding the widget code to their site, will not be passing PageRank back to your site without knowing.

That being said, Matt did say that links within widgets would not necessarily carry the same weight as a true editorial link.

Matt also mentioned several times within the video the infographic example of embedding infographics on your site.

Here is the full video from Matt Cutts:

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  • Ashish Ahuja

    SEOers are getting so good google is getting afraid of them

  • Dave

    Look like Matt or Google employee has taken a note of what i had suggested to them: NoFollow their Widget and they have done now:
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  • Christian Noel

    Michael, why don’t you quit trolling and if you so brilliant ask SELand for a featured column.

  • Christian Noel

    Real SEO is whatever works for the client or your site. There are many things one can do. Some of them are On-Page some are off page…Sorry Michael links still matter. Fact not opinion. Others are off-line entirely where offline promotion generates search queries.

    All of this assumes your content is interesting and isn’t duplicated.

    In the end everyone to a degree is right, Michael appears to like rattling cages.

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