For those of you also writing blogs, you might also want to link to dubious websites, but not increase their Google-ability.
Google works by indexing the internet for links. This generates a PageRank for a page. The higher it’s PageRank, the higher it shows in results. OK, it’s more complicated than that, but it’s the basic principle behind it.
So, you can see why some people might not want to increase certain dodgy websites PageRank, including my not wanting to link to those UK Miracle Mineral Solution sellers, lest they get more sales.
However, there is a solution in HTML! It’s called “NoFollow”.
To stop Google’s indexing robots from following links and increasing said dubious websites PageRank, therefore causing them to be higher in Google results and probably get more sales, in the HTML link tag, add rel=“nofollow”.
So, and example tag would be <a rel=”nofollow” href=”whatever you want to link to”>Whatever you want to link to</a>
Hope this helps some people out there!
EDITED WITH CORRECTION!