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    Text Link vs Image Alt Text


    Hi, I have a gallery which has an image link and a text link, to the same item. I want to nofollow 1 of the links. Usually I'd be inclined to nofollow the image link. In this setup however, the link text is often greatly truncated due to a space restriction and users choosing particularly long file names, so the anchor text maybe something like this: Animated Blu.. rather than Animated Blue Butterfly widgets. Whereas the image alt text contains the full file name.

    My instinct tells me to go with the image and nofollow the text links but I'd like some advice first.

    Thanks very much

    Kene
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    Why do you want to nofollow one of the links at all? Link sculpting with nofollows is usually an all or nothing affair, either all the links to a page are nofollowed or none of them are.

    What do you hope to gain by doing this?
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    There will be 25 files per page and to link once via the image and then again right under it, with a text link, doesn't seem right. I never like to link twice, on the same page, to the same file.
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    You're right in a way. Some search engines like Google only "count" the first link anyway.

    But alas, alt text is not as strong as proper anchor text.

    Can you not make it one (big) link, with the image AND the text inside?

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    In that case you don't need to worry, I can understand that it may feel wrong, but it happens frequently enough that I don't think it would cause you problems. I don't think there is need to go to the trouble of nofollowing.

    As a counterpoint to the above. If you view nofollows as a vote of no confidence for a page nofollowing one of your links may actually cause you problems. It's certainly a theory that has been kicked around, and seems to hold water in a common sense sort of a way, but I would want to see evidence before I really pushed that idea.

    If it were me I would skip the nofollowing and leave the links to stand as they are.
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    visit seoMOZ and look at this vid of Rands...

    http://www.seomoz.org/blog/whiteboard-friday-dangers-of-nofollow

    should help somewhat...

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    Ew JV, a vid? Got a transcript of that, maybe?

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