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    Content Questions


    Hi' guys, been reading this great forum here for a few weeks now and there's a few things im still curious about and hope someone in here could answer for me.

    1) What type of content does google like the best? Plain text, movies, pictures, music or somethig else?

    2) I have a site where people can post various articles to, which is hosted on their own sites, I then link to these articles with a normal link but is considering using a nofollow tag for these links. If I do so, would I loose the value they give as content to my site, or don't they give anything at all since they arn't even at my server (and most likely posted on other webpages too), so its mainly a waste of PR linking to them without a nofollow?

    3) Text links with Nofollow tags, do they have any effect on a site or does google also totally ignores the link description text too?

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    1) What type of content does google like the best? Plain text, movies, pictures, music or somethig else?

    Plain marked up text, pictures that have been tagged and described well using alt/title attributes.

    2) I have a site where people can post various articles to, which is hosted on their own sites, I then link to these articles with a normal link but is considering using a nofollow tag for these links. If I do so, would I loose the value they give as content to my site, or don't they give anything at all since they arn't even at my server (and most likely posted on other webpages too), so its mainly a waste of PR linking to them without a nofollow?

    Use nofollow to link to external sites , if you want to pass your PR to them then drop the rel=nofollow attribute.

    3) Text links with Nofollow tags, do they have any effect on a site or does google also totally ignores the link description text too?

    Nofollow means the link juice is not passed to the destination link.
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    Thanks for the fast replies.

    Originally Posted by Traffic-Bug
    1) Plain marked up text, pictures that have been tagged and described well using alt/title attributes.
    Yes kinda figured it all mattered but was mainly wondering if some types of content was better than others.

    Originally Posted by Traffic-Bug
    2) Use nofollow to link to external sites , if you want to pass your PR to them then drop the rel=nofollow attribute.

    3)Nofollow means the link juice is not passed to the destination link.
    But are they still counted as content with the nofollow? or arnt links content at all, and neither is the stuff on the page you link to?
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    Concentrate on a few keyword phrases for each page. Create titles, descriptions and content that's focused on using those phrases together. Your title and description is your "Search Engine Ad", and just like in any other advertising medium they must work together. Youve heard the term "first impressions are everything"? Titles and descriptions are your first impression.

    To reaffirm what traffic-bug said; Alt tags are huge especially for text browsers. Google is bumping pages designed for the visually impaired so alt tags are a must.

    Optimize every page as a separate unit and follow the same steps.

    cheers
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    Thanks but not exactly what I was looking for.
    more like if nofollow affects the content on your page.

    like for instance if I got a picture on my site
    <a href="scooter.jpg" rel="nofollow" title="my used scooter"><img src="scooter_small.jpg" alt="just a picture of my scooter"></a>

    Would that be counted as content, and would I, in theory, be able to find the page searching for scooter?
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    "1) What type of content does google like the best? "

    Hahaha, good stuff. You know that Google is not a person, right? Post content that your USERS like the best.

    If you are YouTube, videos are good. If you are flickr, images are good. If you are iTunes, mp3s are good. See where I am going with this?

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    Originally Posted by stevenh
    Concentrate on a few keyword phrases for each page. Create titles, descriptions and content that's focused on using those phrases together. Your title and description is your "Search Engine Ad", and just like in any other advertising medium they must work together. Youve heard the term "first impressions are everything"? Titles and descriptions are your first impression.

    To reaffirm what traffic-bug said; Alt tags are huge especially for text browsers. Google is bumping pages designed for the visually impaired so alt tags are a must.

    Optimize every page as a separate unit and follow the same steps.

    cheers
    Description tags do nothing for your ranking and can be completely ignored if you set up you site correctly!
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    Originally Posted by Mic6
    1) What type of content does google like the best? Plain text, movies, pictures, music or somethig else?
    Google really doesn't mind what your content is as long as it suits their customers (your visitors needs) The reason content is king is primarily because great content will attract links. You would be much better of therefore thinking about what your visitors need and what content can you write that smashes your competition for six. Google will not buy anything from your site!

    2) I have a site where people can post various articles to, which is hosted on their own sites, I then link to these articles with a normal link but is considering using a nofollow tag for these links. If I do so, would I loose the value they give as content to my site, or don't they give anything at all since they arn't even at my server (and most likely posted on other webpages too), so its mainly a waste of PR linking to them without a nofollow
    Its not really clear from your post but it sounds as if the content you have at the moment is a duplication of that which is on other sites? If it is then don't worry about nofollow, don't worry about whether this will devalue your content as your content has no value already.

    Give me one reason why the content is more useful to me as u user on your site and why I couldn't get the same benefit from that content on the authors site??

    3) Text links with Nofollow tags, do they have any effect on a site or does google also totally ignores the link description text too?
    If you are referring to links pointing to your site, if they are nofollow then you get zero SEO benefit from google

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    • tlavelle1183 agrees : Not only does your site's content have no value, it's all duplicate, and could get you penalized
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    yep that makes a lot of sense.
    Was more trying to get a better understanding of google than what would be most fitting for the users comming to a site.

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