Is your system unable to boot into Windows XP/2000 or even Safe Mode? Whether you get a blue screen or XP/2000 just hangs, then this information is for you. This will allow you to repair your Windows XP/2000 installation (hopefully) without having to losing your data or settings.

Indications:

  • May allow Windows to load properly if there are critical driver, software or registry problems which have rendered the system unbootable. (Blue screens, hanging, errors etc..)
  • May repair/reinstall missing Windows components or solve otherwise quirky behavior
  • May allow drive to be installed on another system or motherboard with different chipset
  • May allow you to install new motherboards or make other large hardware changes that XP may not readily accept with PnP.

Note: The system repair function will remove any updates you have previously installed that are not included on the CD. Drivers will also be reverted to their original XP versions, as well as some settings (Including by not limited to network & performance settings). It may be necessary to reactivate your Windows XP

as well.

Step 1: Determine the problem

  • First, figure out what CAUSED the problem. Often times, when Windows is rendered unbootable, there is a good reason. This can often be due to hardware failure (bad hard disk, memory or CPU for example). In these cases, the system repair function will not work. System repair will only repair your software.I strongly recommend you run a disk utility on your hard drive before performing a system repair. You can find more information about disk utilities here:
    http://www.techspot.com/vb/showthrea…&threadid=7602

    Memory can also cause these problems. A good memory test can be found here: http://www.memtest.org

Step 2: Begin the repair process

  • You must boot from your XP or 2000 CD. Please make sure it is the same version of Windows that is currently installed on your computer (ex. XP Home cannot repair XP Professional). Place the CD in your CDROM and start your computer. Newer versions will work as well (ie. Windows XP Pro SP2 CD will work on an older WinXP Pro SP1 installation)Before the Windows logo appears, you will be asked to press any key to boot from CD, so do just that.

    If you are unable to boot from the XP/2000 CD, then please check the last step in this short guide.

Step 3: System repair steps

  • A blue screen will appear and will begin loading XP setup from the CD.RAID/SCSI/Unsupported UDMA users:
    You will be prompted to “press F6 to install any third party SCSI or RAID drivers”. Most users will not have to press F6, but if you are running RAID, SCSI or unsupported ATA controllers, then you need your controller drivers on a floppy disk. If you are unsure whether you have RAID/SCSI, then simply let the CD load without pressing F6.

    Once completed, you will be confronted with “Windows Setup”. You will be asked to setup up Windows, or repair Windows with the recovery console. Choose the FIRST option, NOT recovery console.

Choose F8 to continue.

  • Next, Windows Setup will find existing Windows XP/2000 installations. You will be asked to repair an existing XP installation or install a fresh copy of Windows XP/2000.If no installations are found, then you will not be given the option to repair. This may happen if the data or partition on your drive is too corrupted.

  • That should be it. Windows XP/2000 will appear to be installing itself for the first time, but it will retain all of your data and settings. Just follow the prompts, have your CD-KEY handy and hope for the best!
CDROM NOT BOOTABLE: If the XP/2000 CD does not boot…

 

  • Many computers out there are not configured to boot from the CDROM. If you cannot boot from the CDROM, this is probably due to the boot order of your computer being incorrect for CDROM booting.You have two options:

    1.) You can change this in the BIOS during POST, which is usually the very first screen displayed by your computer when you turn it on.

    2.) Many newer computers have a selectable boot menu by tapping F8, F10 OR F12 right during/after the first POST screen. This will allow you to temporarily boot from a CDROM.

    To enter your BIOS, most users here will press the DEL key.

    Most users with Dell, Gateway, Sony & HP systems will press F2.

    Many Toshiba laptops are F2 or require you hold the ESC key when you turn the system on. Your notebook will report an error and prompt to press F1 to enter setup. Do exactly that.

    Compaq users will usually have to press F10.

    IBM typically uses F1 or F2.

    Other brands may have different keys to press to enter setup, but F1, F2, Del, Tab and CTRL+S or CTRL + ALT + S are the most common ones I’m familiar with. Often, the BIOS will display what button to press to “enter setup” during POST.

When you enter the BIOS setup, you need to change the boot order. The CDROM should be setup before the Hard Drive. Each BIOS is different, but here is an example:

Source: http://www.techspot.com/

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When you have more than 1 ISP to provide your internet services, you need to use a good load balance so that you can enjoy the full benefit of having them. Below are some of the best practices in utilizing multi ISP lines. [translated to Bahasa Indonesia]

logo_mikrotikMikrotik:

menggabungkan dua atau lebih ISP Internet
Pengalaman saya pake mikrotik :
ISP-A gateway 10.0.0.1 bandwidth 2Mbps
ISP-B gateway 10.1.1.1 bandwidth 4Mbps

dengan menggunakan Static Equal Cost Multi-Path routing :
setelah memasukan ip pada masing interface tinggal masukan gateway
/ip route add gateway=10.0.0.1,10.1.1.1,10.

1.1.1otomatis
akan membagi dengan sendirinya sesuai load/beban yang tersisa,
perhatikan bahwa gw 10.1.1.1 ditulis 2x karena dia memiliki bw 2x lebih
lebar

 

mudah bukan

Jika
anda mempunyai 2 network lokal dengan 2 ISP seperti diatas, hanya saja
ingin di buat network-1 melalui ISP-A dan network-2 melalui ISP B, maka
yg anda lakukan sbb :
misal :
net-1 : 192.168.0.0/24
net-2 : 192.168.1.0/24
isp-A gw 10.0.0.1
isp-B gw 10.1.1.1

isikan ip pada masing2 interface, kemudian :

/ip firewall mangle add src-address=192.168.0.0/24 action=mark-routing new-routing-mark=net1 chain=prerouting
/ip firewall mangle add src-address=192.168.1.0/24 action=mark-routing new-routing-mark=net2 chain=prerouting

/ip route add gateway=10.0.0.1 routing-mark=net1
/ip route add gateway=10.1.1.1 routing-mark=net2

penjelasan :
beri
tanda pada lalu lintas data dari network tersebut (misal 192.168.0.0/24
== net1) dan lewatkan pada gateway tertentu (misal 10.0.0.1 untuk net1)

Intinya sama saja jika kita menggunakan linuxbox menggunakan iptables/pf atau apapun

Sumber: itcenter@yahoogroups.com
Sumber Gambar: landashop.com

Tiga cara install XP pada notebook yang menggunakan SATA HDD.

windows_xp_logoDikarenakan Type Harddisk Notebook saat ini sudah mempergunakan SATA dan masih banyaknya user yang memilih Operating System Windows XP, sedangkan Windows XP sendiri belum bisa mengenali Harddisk SATA tersebut secara langsung maka seringkali user/customer mengatakan Harddisk tersebut rusak atau tidak dikenali pada saat instlasi Windows.
Tapi sebenarnya Harddisk tersebut tidak rusak hanya kita perlu menginstall driver Harddisk SATA pada saat awal instalasi Windows XP tersebut atau kita bisa men-disable feature SATA pada laptop tersebut apabila BIOSnya mendukung.

Berikut cara instalasi laptop dengan Harddisk Type SATA dengan 2 cara yaitu :
I.  Men “DISABLE” SATA NATIVE SUPPORT
Hal ini dilakukan apabila “BIOS” pada Notebook/Laptop tersebut mendukung untuk melakukan DISABLE SATA NATIVE SUPPORT, yaitu dgn cara sebagai berikut:
1. Masuk Menu BIOS (Tekan F10 – segera setelah tampilan COMPAQ muncul, untuk Notebook Compaq)
2. pilih Menu System Configuration
3. pilih SATA NATIVE SUPPORT
4. Rubah menjadi DISABLE
5. Save perubahan dan keluar dari Menu BIOS
6. Setelah Restart lakukan instalasi Windows XP

II. Instalasi menggunakan “External DiskDrive/Floppy Drive”

Apabila BIOS pada NoteBook/Laptop tersebut tidak ditemukan menu untuk mendisable SATA NATIVE SUPPORT (seperti pada langkah I diatas) maka Instlasi Windows XP harus dilakukan dengan mempergunakan External Floppy DiskDrive.
Pada cara ini anda mutlak memerlukan satu buah komputer yang dilengkapi dengan Floppy Disk Drive dan sebuah Disket Kosong yang berfungsi untuk meng-ekstract file driver SATA. Floppy drive ini bisa juga berupa sebuah External USB Floppy Disk Drive.
Caranya copykan / extract file driver SATA ke floppy disk / disket.
Kemudian lakukan instalasi seperti biasa, ketika muncul pesan “Press F6 to Install a Third Party Driver”, tekan F6 dan ketika diminta drivernya, arahkan ke External USB Floppy drive. Pilih driver yang sesuai. Kemudian lanjutkan instalasi Windows XP seperti biasa.

Khusus Notebook Compaq Presario, bisa lakukan langkah-langkah sbb:
1.  Buka CD Driver (copy) yang disertakan pada Komputer (Notebook / PC) yang telah ada Operating Systemnya dan memiliki DiskDrive
2.  Explore CD Driver (di komputer yg ada DiskDrivenya)
3.  Masuk/Pilih Direktori \Umum\HDD SATA
4.  Pilih Direktori HDD965/HDD 945 sesuai dgn spesifikasi Notebook
mis: – Notebook Pressario 3430/3422 — Chipset i945 pilih Direktori 945
– Notebook Pressario 3535/3504 — Chipset i965 pilih Direktori 965
5.  Jalankan file yg ada di dalam Direktori tersebut (akan minta disket)
6.  Masukkkan Disket Kosong yang diinginkan tunggu sampai selesai.
7.  Ambil Disket yang telah jadi tersebut untuk persiapan Instalasi Notebook
8.  Persiapkan Notebook yang akan diinstal, Pasang External DiskDrive
9.  Booting Notebook dg windows XP
10. Tunggu beberapa saat hingga layar biru muncul dan tekan F6 segera mungkin
11. Tunggu beberapa saat hingga muncul perintah untuk masukkan/load Driver yg diinginkan
-> tekan S -> Muncul pesan untuk masukkan Disket Driver yang akan di LOAD
-> Masukkan Disket Driver (poin 7) Tekan Enter
-> Tunggu beberapa saat hingga muncul beberapa Pilihan Driver yang akan diinstall
-> pilih Driver yg sesuai dgn tipe Notebook (contoh : SATA ICH8 AHCI mobile
u/Chipset Intel 965)
-> tekan enter
12. Lanjutkan proses instalasi seperti Biasa dan jangan Ambil Disket hingga RESTART

Notebook merk lain, bisa gunakan langkah-langkah sebagai panduan, tinggal disesuaikan dibagian instalasi driver SATA. (Joe)

 

III. pembuatan CD Windows XP + SATA

 

Sebelumnya siapkan lebih dahulu:
1. CD Master Windows XP
2. Dot Net Framework
3. nLite
4. Driver SATA

Langkah-langkah pembuatan Master Windows XP adalah:

1. Jalankan nLite. Tekan Next

2. Masukkan CD MasterXP >> pilih lokasi dimana Master Xp akan di copykan

3. Tekan Next

4. Pilih Driver dan Bootable ISO biar nanti bisa langsung di ‘burn’ di CD

//
//

5. Pilih Insert, cari Driver SATA >> pilih iaAHCI.inf di folder komputer kamu >> klik Next

6. Pilih Textmode driver, Block saja semua file yang muncul >> klik OK

7. Klik Next

Weleh masih panjang banget, mendingan baca aja tutorialnya yang sudah saya buat dalam bentuk Pdf saja ya?

donlode
Membuat CD Windows XP + SATA LINK1 | LINK2
nLITE 1.3 + Dot Net FrameWork
Driver SATA for AMD
Driver SATA for INTEL

Sumber artikel:

http://blog.anugrahpratama.com

http://www.bujangrimbo.com

Sumber gambar:

http://aris85.files.wordpress.com

SEO learning tips:

For as long as I can remember, the best way for me to learn has been to do. I have gone through countless checklists while trying to understand search engine optimization. The following is a compilation of the most useful checklists I have completed in order to learn SEO. My intent is that this list can be used by people who are inexperienced in SEO but want to learn more. (As a bonus I included handy dandy check boxes.)

seo google internet marketing

seo google internet marketing

The Beginner’s Checklist to Learning SEO

Learn how to build a basic website

Before diving into SEO techniques it is important to know the basics of web development. The following tasks will develop the necessary web development skills needed to become a successful SEO:

Learn how to code a basic website without using a WYSIWYG editor – Don’t fear the word code, writing HTML is much easier than you think. If you can make a sandwich with two pieces of bread and put something in the middle, you can write HTML. For help, check out this excellent tutorial. Remember, don’t worry about SEO techniques at this point. Focus on learning how to build a website first.

Code a website that contains the following:

o All styles with CSS. No Tables!
o Homepage has 3 unique paragraphs about you
o 3 pages total; homepage, contact and portfolio

Update: As of July 11th 2009, I have upgraded my website’s layout so it may no longer be as useful as a sample as it was prior to the upgrade.

I have created a sample for you using my information, Danny Dover. Feel free to use it as a guide but don’t copy and paste my code or you won’t learn anything. You will likely have to scour the internet to learn how to fill some of these requirements. This is useful because it improves your searching skills. (Note: I have purposefully not SEOed my example website. You will see why in a little bit)

CheckboxPick Your Keywords – Pick keywords that are uncompetitive. This is very important as the words you choose will become the center of your SEO efforts. I recommend using your name. Go to Google and search for yourself. If a small amount of low quality websites show up, use your name as your keywords. If your name is competitive to rank for, find a variation of your name that is easier. Ex. Danny Ben Dover.

Register a domain name and find hosting – This is not nearly as difficult as it sounds. I recommend SiteGround as good option. However, there are literally thousands of choices. Use your best judgment, but remember you shouldn’t be paying more than $7.00 USD a month and the domain name should be included for free. Your only requirement is that your host can’t have immovable ads. These could be crawled by the search engines and ruin your rankings. For your domain name, use your keywords from above. Ex. dannydover.com or dannybendover.com. If your keywords are not available as a domain name, choose different keywords. (Note: In this exercise, the keywords you are optimizing for and your domain name should be the same. Although this is not always the case in the real world, having similar keywords to your domain name makes SEO much easier.)

Upload your website files to your new hosting account – The easiest method is to use FTP to drag and drop your files. See your hosting provider for details.

Sign up for Google Analytics and verify your website – This free tool will allow you to track visitors to your website. Installation instructions are included by Google.

Wait a week and search for your keywords in the big four search engines – I generally use the rank checker tool as a shortcut. It is alright if your website doesn’t show up. That is what SEO is for. If you do find your website ranking (even if it is not on the first page), record how it ranks in the major search engines (Google, Yahoo, Bing) in a spreadsheet.

Wait two weeks to allow search engines to find your site and for Google Analytics to gather data.

Learn about SEO and apply it to your website

Now for the fun part. Learn basic SEO techniques and apply them to your glorious website. This will allow you to see how SEO can help your website rank.

Read the entire Beginner’s Guide to SEO – This is essential to building a strong SEO foundation. I also recommend reading the completed parts of the new Beginner’s Guide and Aaron Wall’s SEO Overview.

Read all of the Google Search Engine Ranking Factors – These will reinforce what you already know and give a perspective on variation. These factors are based off of the experience of some of the SEO industry’s most successful people.

Sign up for Google Webmaster Tools, verify and read everything – This phenomenal resource will show you how Googlebot sees your website and point out any SEO problems you have on your site. Be sure to familiarize yourself with it. The information it provides is formulated toward Google but applies to all the search engines.

Run your website through the SEOmoz tools – Specifically, I recommend the Term Target Tool and Page Strength Tool. These tools will point out areas where you can improve your website.

Add a robots.txt file and a sitemap – Although these are not really necessary for such a small site, familiarizing yourself with these files will be indispensable.

Apply your knowledge – Optimize your Title Tags, URLs, Anchor Text, HTML structure (H1, H2), and keyword usage. This is the bread and butter of onsite search engine optimization.

Link build – Add a link to your website on all of your favorite social media/networking sites. Feel free to try your luck with linkbait, although for a site with no competition this isn’t really necessary.

Track your site on Linkscape and Yahoo! Site Explorer – Wait a month for Linkscape and Yahoo to find your links and then check to see what links are being counted. On Yahoo, be sure to select “inlinks except from this domain to entire site.” Only the links on Linkscape are displayed in the order of importance.

Check Google Analytics – By this time, you should see more interesting data from your analytics tool. Use this data to learn the basics of analytics and use it as a reference point while link building.

Update your spreadsheet – Search for your keywords in the big three search engines again and look to see where your website ranks. Record these results in your spreadsheet. Tracking your data lets you see what techniques are working what techniques are not worth your time.

Test your own SEO theories and record the results – This is not really a task you can ever complete. 90% of all SEO information is already freely available if you can find it. Testing your own theories and getting good results will help you uncover the remaining 10% necessary to out perform your competition.

I sincerely believe that if you complete all the tasks on this list you will be well on your way to becoming a successful SEO. I recommend printing this post out and pasting it somewhere visible near your computer. That way you can complete all of the tasks in your spare time and develop your skills. Best of luck to all of the new SEOs.

Source: http://www.seomoz.org/
pic: http://www.flashdaweb.com

kaspersky antivirus internet security

kaspersky antivirus internet security

Jangan lupa untuk beli produk antivirus ataupun Internet Security-nya ya.

Reset Licence Key Kaspersky 2009

Bagi Anda pengguna pengguna antivirus kaspersky pastilah sudah terbiasa dengan “kucing-kucingan” dengan licence key-nya, apalagi kalo licencenya udah mau habis, pastilah segera berburu licence terbaru, sampe ada yang memakai un-blacklist licence segala termasuk saya.

Akan tetapi ada kelemahan dari un-blacklist key ini, memang licence key kita tidak mungkin diblokir oleh antivirus, tapi konsekuensinya kita tidak dapat lagi meng-update database antivirus kita, kalo sudah gini jadi berabe kan… percuma dong kita punya antivirus tapi ga bisa diupdate, ujung-ujungnya ga bisa lagi dong mengenali virus terbaru saat ini…

Tenang sodara-sodara… semuanya masih bisa diatasi kok… hihihihi…. ada cara yang lebih “legal”. Anda dapat mengatur ulang Kaspersky setiap kali Anda inginkan dengan crack ini. Crack ini hanya menghapus kunci registri / file yang berhubungan dengan licence kaspersky.

Terus langkahnya gimana? kasih daaaahhhh….

1. Nonaktifkan fitur Self-Defense, klik kanan pada icon Kaspersky dari tray icon kemudian pilih Settings. Muncul jendela Setting, pilih Option kemudian uncheck Enable Self-Defense. Klik OK
2. Exit Kaspersky, dengan cara klik kanan pada icon Kaspersky dari tray icon kemudian pilih Exit.
3. Jalankan crack, bila telah selesai biasanya Kaspersky akan aktif secara otomatis. Anda akan diminta untuk memasukkan licence key kaspersky. Pilih saja trial (Anda harus terhubung ke internet), bila sukses Anda akan mendapatkan licence key dengan waktu 30 hari

Bila limit sudah habis (sudah 30 hari) Anda dapat mengulangi langkah 1 s/d 3 untuk mendapatkan licence key 30 hari, Karena licence ini langsung dari Kaspersky maka setiap update, licence Anda tidak di-blacklist. Walaupun trial tapi tetap berfungsi penuh yang beda hanya masalah lamanya lisensi saja.

Downloadnya dimana?

Download Anti-Virus : Kaspersky AntiVirus 2009 dan Kaspersky Internet Security 2009

Download Trial Reset Kaspersky 2009 untuk versi : Windows XP 32 bit dan Windows Vista 32bit

Sumber:
http://panlydo.co.cc/tutorial-av/reset-licence-key-kaspersky-2009.html
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Chad Hurley-You TubeMengagumkan, sebuah catatan yang cukup fenomenal untuk sebuah website.

YouTube, Jumat (09/10/09), menyatakan jejaring sosial tersebut telah menegakkan tonggak sejarah baru dengan mencapai lebih dari satu miliar pengunjung per hari, dalam jejaring berbagi video paling kondang di dunia tersebut.

“Hari ini, saya dengan bangga mengatakan bahwa kami telah melayani lebih dari satu miliar pengunjung per hari di YouTube,” kata Kepala Pelaksana dan Pendiri Bersama YouTube,Chad Hurley di dalam pernyataan di blognya, dan menyebutnya “saat luar biasa dalam sejarah singkat”.

YouTube, yang didirikan oleh Chad Hurley, Steve Chen dan Jawed Karim pada Februari 2005, dibeli oleh raksasa pencari di Internet, Google, dengan harga 1,65 miliar dolar AS pada November 2006.

“Tiga tahun setelah pengambilalihan, landasan kami dan bisnis kami terus tumbuh dan berkembang,” kata Hurley.

“Karena `bandwidth` telah naik, demikian juga dengan kualitas video kami. Karena kami mulai melihat tuntutan bagi isi yang lebih lama dan lebih panjang, kami telah menghadirkan film dan tayangan lebih banyak ke laman tersebut,” katanya.

“Kami berusaha keras untuk dapat mengimbangkan langkah cepat teknologi untuk menghadirkan ke hadapan anda semua yang anda harapkan dari laman video terbesar di dunia,” kata Hurley.

(as/AS/ant)

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Quoted from: ictfiles.com

spam seo no follow nofollow

spam seo no follow nofollow

Discourage spammers by putting NoFollow attribute on links. Good reading. Good info on SEO

January 18, 2005

In the first cooperative move for nearly ten years, the major search engines have unveiled a new indexing command for web authors that they all recognize, one that they hope will help reduce the link and comment spam that plagues many web sites, especially those run by bloggers.

The new “nofollow” attribute that can be associated with links was originated as an idea by Google several weeks ago and pitched past MSN and Yahoo, as well as major blogging vendors, gaining support.

The Nofollow Attribute

The new attribute is called “nofollow” with rel=”nofollow” being the format inserted within an anchor tag. When added to any link, it will serve as a flag that the link has not been explicitly approved by the site owner.

For example, this is how the HTML markup for an ordinary link might look:

Visit My Page

This is how the link would look after the nofollow attribute has been added, with the attribute portion shown in bold

Visit My Page

This would also be acceptable, as order of elements within the anchor tag makes no difference:

Visit My Page

Once added, the search engines supporting the attribute will understand that the link has not been vetted in some way by the site owner. Think of it as a way to flag to them, “I didn’t post this link — someone else did.”

By the way, should you be one of the few using other types of rel attributes within your links (a way to show the relationship between your page and the page you’re linking to), Google advises that you should separate them with spaces.

For example, Google cited this page, which provides one example of multiple rel attributes in action, like this:

Jane

If you wanted to add nofollow to the existing one, you’d just put a space between it and the other attributes of sweetheart, date and met, like this:

Jane

Google also said upper or lower case is usage of the attribute is fine and that the creation of this new attribute is believed to meet W3C standards on markup, as they allow for anyone to create new attributes.

Causes Of Link Spam

Why would you want to use the attribute? Blog publishers, forum operators, sites with guest books and others who allow anyone to contribute in some way to their web sites have suffered when people have used these systems to spam them with links.

For search engine purposes, getting a link to your site from someone else’s site can serve as a “vote” that your site is seen as good. In Googlespeak, getting a link increases the PageRank value of your page — sometimes a tiny bit, sometimes much more.

In addition, getting a link may help better ensure that your page is indexed by the major search engines. Finally, getting a link with words you want to be found for embedded in the anchor text can help you not just be seen as popular but also help you rank better for particular words.

Here’s an example of comment spam in action. I did a Google search for texas holdem comment to find some candidates and focused on this page as an illustration. From PoliPundit.com, it’s a blog post from Nov. 2002 about a political development.

Below the post is the comment area. The area has been link spammed heavily — 30 entries containing links to web sites promoting casinos, poker, dating and other topics, like this (I’ve removed the links):

http://www.-texas-holdem-poker.us holdem poker texas holdem poker
Comment by texas holdem poker | Email | Homepage | 12/26/2004 – 12:31 pm

Your blogg is smashing! Payday Loans http://www.payday-express.com
Comment by Payday Loans | Email | Homepage | 1/15/2005 – 4:04 am

Your blogg is full o information. HGH http://www.hgh-express.com
Comment by HGH | Email | Homepage | 1/15/2005 – 12:40 pm

Great article and great website. I wish you could update if more frequently.
You?re also welcome to visit my websites: Checks, Cigarette, Dating, Honda,
Insurance, Las Vegas, Lawyers, Lexus, Online Poker, PDA, Toyota.

It’s not just a Google problem. Do a Yahoo search, an Ask Jeeves search, or a search at MSN Search. All bring up examples of pages that contain link spam, which have been indexed by these search engines. As a result, they also might find their ranking systems impacted by the activity.

Google, nevertheless, often gets the blame — which is why it was under the most pressure for coming up with something for the problem. The hope is that by allowing web authors to flag links in this manner, it will make blogs, forums, guest books and other places accepting contributions less attractive to spamming.

What Nofollow Means

Below I’ll cover what Google says it does, if it sees a link with the nofollow attributed associated with it. Yahoo and MSN are likely to react in a similar fashion, though I haven’t yet spoken with them to get exact details since news of their support only just emerged.

If Google sees nofollow as part of a link, it will:

1. NOT follow through to that page.
2. NOT count the link in calculating PageRank link popularity scores.
3. NOT count the anchor text in determining what terms the page being linked to is relevant for.

That’s the situation at the moment. Google is going to evaluate how the attribute works, and it could decide to make other changes down the line, it says.

Now let’s look at the impact of each action:

1) Not following the link to the page it points at means that potentially, Google might not index the page at all. As said, the more links that point at a particular page, the more likely it is that Google (and generally the other major search engines) will include that page within its index.

The nofollow attribute DOES NOT mean that someone will prevent a page they do not actually control from being indexed, however. If Google finds even one ordinary link pointing at a page, it may then index that page.

In addition, people can submit their pages directly to Google (and most major search engines). So it’s crucial to understand that just because someone might place nofollow in a link pointing at your site, this WILL NOT prevent your page from getting indexed.

2) As for PageRank calculations, it’s important to remember that PageRank is a pure popularity score (other search engines have similar scoring mechanisms, just not catchy names other than Yahoo’s Web Rank). The nofollow attribute means that a link will not be counted as a “vote” in this popularity contest. That can have an impact on ranking, in cases where the impact of other factors beyond pure popularity come into play.

Huh? Say there are two pages, one with a PR score of 6, the other a PR of 7. Even though the PR7 page is more popular from a link counting point of view, it could still get outranked by the PR6 page if other factors such as the words on the page, or the anchor text pointing at the PR6 page, make it more relevant for a particular search.

It’s also important to note that nofollow DOES NOT mean you are flagging a link as being bad in some way. Google isn’t going to say, “Aha — nofollow is on this link — that’s a bad link.” Or as Matt Cutts, a Google software engineer who helped develop the attribute, said:

“It doesn’t mean that it is a bad link, or that you that you hate it, just that this link doesn’t belong to me.”

Instead, nofollow effectively will cause Google to ignore the link, to pretend it doesn’t exist. This also means you shouldn’t worry that people will link to you and use nofollow as a way to hurt you — Google says that won’t happen.

3) This leads to anchor text. Generally much more important in ranking well for a particular term is to get the words you want to rank well for put into a link that points at you. With nofollow added to a link, Google won’t associate the anchor text in the link with the page the link is pointed at. This, more than anything else, will sour things for link spammers.

Stop Spam? No. A Start, Yes!

The new attribute won’t stop link spamming. Many people may still spam simply because they hope human beings will see the links, click through and perhaps convert. As with email spam, maybe only an incredibly tiny number will do so. But since there’s no heavy cost to the spamming, that might still be enough.

In particular, much blog spamming is done through automation. So even with the new system in place, some of that automation will keep rolling along. It will no doubt even evolve to spot blogs and other areas that aren’t making use of the nofollow attributes, just as smart spammers currently focus on blogs that have been abandoned, rather than irritating active bloggers.

This means other types of systems of blocking spam will likely still have to be used, such as forcing people to input characters from graphics (captchas), registration and so on (The Solution To Blog Spamming at ThreadWatch has a nice rundown on these, and also see Six Apart’s Guide to Comment Spam).

While link or comment spamming isn’t going away, it’s still heartening that it will be less attractive. Site owners have been given an important new tool that lets them control indexing — something they’ve not had offered for years. Perfect or not, I’m glad it’s emerged.

Vendor Support

Google started developing the idea of a nofollow attribute several weeks ago and quietly shared it with a number of the major blogging vendors. Many of them have now signed on, pledging to support and implement the tag in the future, if they’ve not already done so now.

As a result, those using systems provided by one of the major vendors such as Blogger or Movable Type (see here for support news) should find that implementing the tags to be associated in links in comments is a matter of flipping a switch. OK, maybe clicking a radio button or drop-down box! Google provides a list of those supporting it here.

Google said it will soon begin talking with other companies, such as those that making forum software. But makers of these packages or any packages could implement support when they are ready.

Uses For The Attribute

The tag can be used by anyone anywhere, of course. It’s not just for use with blog comment areas or forum posts. For example, Cutts said people might use it if they publish dynamically generated referrer stats and visitor information.

“Wherever it means that another person placed a link on your site, that would be appropriate,” Cutts said.

Because of this, some page authoring tools will likely add support in the future, if it is widely adopted as will likely be the case. Some tools may allow adding it right now — and those who know HTML code can do an easy insertion.

That might be handy if you need to link to a site but are worried that a search engine might consider it a “bad neighborhood,” as they’ve often described them. In reality, the chances are very small that the typical person might link to a site that would actually hurt them with a search engine. But if in double, nofollow could offer peace of mind.

Of course, those who are swapping links with other sites now have a whole new thing to look out for. If someone offers to link to you, you’ll want to make sure they don’t make use of the nofollow tag — at least if you were hoping for some search engine gain. Otherwise, the link’s not going to count.

Don’t forget — there are other good reasons to still get links even beyond search engines, of course. My Golden Rules Of Link Building article covers this more.

You definitely DO NOT want to use the attribute on links to your own pages. Do that, and you’ll deprive your own pages from the chance of influencing how your other pages rank.

Having said this, I’ve no doubt some people will try playing with the new tag as a means to “hoard” PageRank that’s passed on to only a few pages in your site. For example, your home page might link to 25 of your internal pages. Using the new attribute, you could exclude all but five of these pages. Do that, and you might possibly cause Google to give those five pages more credit (see the Link Building & Link Analysis article for Search Engine Watch members for more about this).

Maybe. Perhaps. And perhaps the search engines may make other changes down the line. Rather than get tricky with this tag, I’d recommend using it as intended for now — as a means to flag that there are certain links on your web site that you didn’t place there.

Support From Other Search Engines

How about the other search engines? MSN and Yahoo are onboard. In fact, Yahoo beat Google out of the gate in blogging its support of the new tag first. A Defense Against Comment Spam offers a few details, an example and news that the change will be implemented in the coming weeks.

As for MSN, Working Together Against Blog Spam explains how the company made a snap decision today to support the tag, though the idea was something it had considered during its Search Champs meetings with bloggers and search marketers several months ago. It promises that its crawler will begin respecting the attribute in the coming weeks.

Google, of course, has been onboard from the start. It provides more details on its blog in Preventing comment spam.

So how about Ask Jeeves, the remaining major crawler? They’re still looking at the new option and weighing it up.

“We’ll consider it for the future, but because we use local [link] popularity and not global popularity, we are not going to rush into anything today. It has more impact for Google and Yahoo because of their similar methodologies. The upside for us is much more modest,” Lanzone said.

By local popularity, Ask Jeeves is referring to how its Teoma search engine will calculate the popularity of pages and do ranking only after culling a subset of pages deemed relevant, rather than looking at all links from across the entire web. My Make Room For Teoma article explains this more.

More Info

Google To Add “Nofollow” Tagging Of Links To Fight Spam? is where I explain more about how the news of the new attribute emerged, plus provides some background on the difference between it and the nofollow attribute of the meta robots tag.

Comment Spam? How About An Ignore Tag? How About An Indexing Summit! is my post wishing for an “ignore” tag similar to what’s emerged here and how others have been wishing for this even longer.

It also looks at how it has been literally years since we’ve had an advancement in the type of indexing control given to site owners. This new attribute — whether you love the idea or hate it — is welcome move for at least giving site owners themselves some choice in the matter.

The New Nofollow Link Attribute is a thread in our forums where you can discuss the new attribute.

Source: blog.searchenginewatch.com
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