Dave Martin (703) 585-4687, Making Realty Dreams a Reality #WeWillGetYouHome (Fairfax Realty)

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PeterMark SEO
PeterMarkSEO - Holiday, FL
Real Estate Technology, SEO Web Development

Traffic Is Traffic, Regardless of the Link Attribute

A nofollow link from a reputable site is more valuable than a dofollow link from a low Domain Authority site. Search engines are more complex than you think.

Frequency/placement of nofollow links are factored into search engines’ overall page ranking calculations, especially when the host site is considered “authoritative.”

ActiveRain is a DoFollow blog, why do you think there is so much  spam here trying to do guest posts using the AR blog?  I even see gigs on seoclerks and fiverr. So to best answer your question, a no follow link can and will benefit the page being backlinked to because you are trying to maintain a natural profile. Final note: Keep it relevant as a backlink. Google does know if for example you are a spam blogger posting on ActiveRain and it is not real estate related.


Aug 11, 2018 12:38 AM
Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

    You may see 100+  rel = nofollow in a typical AR blog post. 

   Many of these are internal links such as "Like"  "Report"  "Delete".  The rel = no follow is directing search engines not to pay any attention to those links.   


  To see how many "no follows" are in your post or page, or if you are concerned that a link to your website or page is no follow, 

    Right click >  View Page Source

     Control F >  type in nofollow



     Peter Mark or Tammy Emineth or Katerina Gasset  may be able to give you a comprehensive explanation of do follow vs. no follow

Aug 10, 2018 06:04 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Well that's beyond what I know. Perhaps Katerina Gasset can weigh in and educate us. Or maybe Tammy Emineth 

Aug 10, 2018 06:03 PM
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
https://HugginsHomes.com - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

All links are considered "DoFollow" by default.  Putting the "NoFollow" just means that Google is less likely to pass the authority of the site doing the linking to the site being linked to.  Both are necessary for a healthy link profile.  There is some anecdotal evidence that even nofollow links from sites like WikiPedia pass the "link juice."

Aug 10, 2018 08:53 PM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

I am glad that we have other people here to worry about this type of thing.

Aug 10, 2018 08:25 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
Savvy + Company (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

This is a great question for Peter Mark.

Aug 10, 2018 08:02 PM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Fred Griffin at it again. And, thank goodness because way above my paygrade!

Aug 11, 2018 06:20 AM
Lyn Sims
Schaumburg, IL
Real Estate Broker Retired

Oh hell ... the question makes my head hurt. Peter Mark answers here.

Aug 11, 2018 05:06 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

I wish I knew what you were talking about.

Aug 11, 2018 04:19 AM
Evelina Tsigelnitskaya
SIB Realty - Sunny Isles Beach, FL

Interesting, with this question I've learned something new. Thank you.

Aug 10, 2018 07:56 PM
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

The classic getting higher relevance on any search engine is to create links allowing for more interactions between your blog and other "credible sources". In fact, Alexa used to be the site looking for analytics some years ago. The rules constantly change.  If you talk to those SEO gurus who want $80-100 an hour to enhance searchability, they emphasize backlinks and show you the amount of improvements.

As far as suggestions to get AR a better place finding you. I have not seen or heard any thing from the management vowed they will enhance searchability for almost 2 years. Google today does not even post more read blogs or even G+ does not display any blogs linmked anymore. Before it listed 3 blogs for each rainmaker.  I searched several top rainmakers, ambassadors etc and found I can not find their blogs either.  

As for the internal hits, friend or unfriend it lies with AR.  

Aug 10, 2018 07:03 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

This is a question I have never pondered. I guess I am not that curious to ever ponder.  Thankfully there are quite a few people who take an interest in such things. 

Aug 10, 2018 06:14 PM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

I was going to tag Peter Mark to respond.  I see that he already has. Listen to him ... he knows. He truly knows.  He just does not say he knows ... or pretend to know. 

Aug 11, 2018 09:18 AM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

great information and explanation from Fred Griffin ...thanks Fred....

Aug 11, 2018 05:30 AM
Harry Norman, REALTORS® - Atlanta, GA
Associate Broker

I agree. 

Aug 11, 2018 04:18 AM
Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
& Host of Postcards From Success Podcast



I agree, we should be.

Aug 10, 2018 08:48 PM
John DL Arendsen
CREST "BACKYARD' HOMES, ON THE LEVEL General & Manufactured Home Contractor, TAG Real Estate Sales & Investments - Leucadia, CA
Crest Backyard Homes "ADU" dealer & RE Developer

Buzzing the tower on this one.

Aug 10, 2018 07:01 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

This is above my level of knowledge.

Aug 10, 2018 06:22 PM
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

This is a question for someone with a higher pay grade

Aug 10, 2018 05:32 PM
Katerina Gasset
Get It Done For Me Virtual Services - Wellington, FL
Get It Done For Me Virtual Services

ActiveRain is a do follow link. I am not sure where you are discovering that it is isn't. 
Fred Griffin shows you how to check your no follows in your source. 

But even it AR was a no follow link- it would still be an authoritative and important link to have pointing to your website. 

No follow links from authoritative sites are just as important as follow links. 

Google is looking for 'natural' flow of links. 

So it would look SUPER unatural for your link profile to be all follow links and zero no follow links.  Unatural will  be a red flag to Google's algorithm. 

Because it is natural for anyone to have both kinds of links. 

You can also see how fast a spammer jumped on this post to try to get a link :) hehehe: 

Aug 12, 2018 10:56 PM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


This is way beyond my knowledge or interest for that matter...Our concern with our clients is to make sure they have the strategy to be market leaders...bottom line mentality.  Not our expertise...I am sure many know the answer.  A

Aug 10, 2018 11:00 PM
Valeria Mola
SIB Realty - Miami, Sunny Isles Beach - Sunny Isles Beach, FL
305-607-0709 SIB Realty Condos for Sale and Rent

Great question and excellent answers.

Aug 10, 2018 09:54 PM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

If I had any idea what any of this meant, I would tell you.  But, I don't. 

Aug 11, 2018 11:58 AM
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty

Parked and reading...

Aug 11, 2018 11:31 AM
Bruce Kunz
C21 Solid Gold Realty, Brick, NJ, 732-920-2100 - Howell, NJ
REALTOR®, Brick & Howell NJ Homes for Sale

WOW! Great question and some great answers, too. Still it's something I'll leave to experts to understand for me.

Aug 11, 2018 08:43 AM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

I'm parked and reading.

Aug 11, 2018 06:05 AM
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

No idea.

Aug 11, 2018 03:33 AM
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Dave Martin (703) 585-4687 - good answer here - specially from Fred Griffin 

Aug 12, 2018 10:33 PM
Mary Yonkers
Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate - Erie, PA
Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor

Clueless  Clueless!

Aug 11, 2018 04:05 PM
Candice A. Donofrio
Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker - Fort Mohave, AZ
928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text

Thank you Peter! Great answer and pretty easy for us all to understand. I know who needs to know what I don't, and thankfully they take care of me.

I'm like Donna on Suits. My brain is already too busy being awesome! LOL 😎💅💋

Aug 11, 2018 07:28 AM
Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

some very good answers !

Aug 11, 2018 07:24 AM
Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers

AR links are DO FOLLOW.  Comments are no follow.

Aug 14, 2018 02:31 PM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Above my pay grade.

Aug 14, 2018 10:54 AM