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Do backlinks have to be clickable?

sreeve
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Do backlinks have to be clickable?

If you place a link on a reply of say a forum does it need to be clickable to count as a backlink to the search engines?
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heavysm
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As a simple reply Id say yes, only because it has to physically point back to your site, meaning be clickable back to your site.
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michellerana
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Yes, your backlink should be a clickable text that goes to your site. Otherwise, search engines won't be able to follow the connection between your web page and the page on the other site.
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myonlinetraininghub
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Hi sreeve,

I'm wondering if you are confusing a link and the 'no-follow' attribute of a link.

By definition a link is clickable, otherwise it's just text. So as everyone has said, back links to your site must be 'clickable' so that the search engines can follow it to your site.

A link can also be marked as 'no-follow' which means the site on which it appears doesn't want to attribute your link and hence your site with any 'link love'. Or put another way, no-follow links tell the search engine not to give that back link much importance. But this is a big topic in itself and you'd find more by searching the forums or Googling. Hope I haven't confused things :)
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Without going right into it, the common misconception with no-follow links is that the search engines don't follow them. This is sort of untrue. If you place an inviting link on a no-follow page that gets a lot of clickthroughs the engines will notice and credit you for it.

Similarly, this will also make your site appear more "natural" to the bots.
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dave333 wrote:Without going right into it, the common misconception with no-follow links is that the search engines don't follow them. This is sort of untrue. If you place an inviting link on a no-follow page that gets a lot of clickthroughs the engines will notice and credit you for it.

Similarly, this will also make your site appear more "natural" to the bots.


I don't know if this is true. Search engines don't follow a "no-follow" link.
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It is my understanding that the "NO FOLLOW" idea was developed by Google. The other search engines have chosen not to accept Google's lead in this instance.

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Since we are on the link value subject, I was wondering if a link on a page with no PR at all is still a recognized backlink or does the page have to be ranked by google for google to acknowledge the backlink?
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Using my sites as evidence I can answer your question with a resounding, YES. The links will be recognized by Google. However, 0 Ranked sites are crawled less often than higher ranked websites. So unless you ping the backlink, the link may take awhile before Google along with the other search engines will discover the link.
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michellerana
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Any link pointing to your site is considered as a backlink. You should always link to the page that is relevant regardless of pagerank.
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Yes, Back links have to be clickable, because if you place a link on reply it has to be clickable,it is indirectly pointing to your site.
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