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Aidan, post: 27186 wrote:

Read that article again more carefully and while you are at it also bear in mind it was written in May of last year, before the world had copped on to PR not being ‘sculptable’!
That is exactly the point. Webnauts told me that time that he noticed the nofollow attribute was not behaving as it used to do was December 2008. On the 15th of June 2009, Matt Cutts confirmed that clearly.

Aidan, post: 27186 wrote:
You cannot sculpt PR with the robots file any more than you can with noFollow, its simply not possible for reasons one of which the writer actually states, the page may have links from other pages!
Webnauts told me that he used that time the term PageRank Sculpting in the title of his post, first because people would not understand the meaning of bot herding, and second as a linkbait.

Five days after Webnauts posted that, Rand Fishkin tried to promote the idea as his own with his post here, but he screwed it up: http://www.seomoz.org/blog/headsmacking-tip-13-dont-accidentally-block-link-juice-with-robotstxt

Read the 2nd comment of the blog post of Andy Beard. Is he wrong too?

Aidan, post: 27186 wrote:
Removing the ability for a page on your site to get some PR does not give the other pages more PR no matter what way you try to remove that ability!
Using noindex in the robots.txt, or meta robots or X-Robots does not remove the ability to pass PR. The noindex page accumulates and passes PR, but passes the most to the pages it is linking to.

Matt Cutts confirms: http://www.stonetemple.com/articles/interview-matt-cutts.shtml

Also watch the slide show of Spencer, slide 7: http://www.slideshare.net/1ereposition/google-bot-herding-pagerank-sculpting-and-manipulation-presentation

Aidan, post: 27186 wrote:
Now don’t get me started on the dangling links thing it’s suffice to read carefully what the snippet from Mssrs Page and Brin actually says.
If you are linking to a page that has no outbound links, you generate nodes. Can you prove here that the algo have changed on that? There is nowhere on the entire Internet such information.

Aidan, post: 27186 wrote:
Once again it is worth re-stating that PR has nothing to do with your rankings in the search engine results. A PR 0 can easily outrank a PR 5 as they so often do. Even Google is trying to get webmasters to stop thinking about PR!
PageRank is important for rankings, but it not the only rankings factor. It is one of over 200, but still a very important one. Therefore your argument is poor. LOL

Aidan, post: 27186 wrote:
A lot of what you have said in this thread is the kind of stuff that shonky SEO’s try to bamboozle poor innocents with, the old ‘blind them with science’ sales approach. I do hope someone has not done it to you.
Webnauts is the most ethical SEO I know on the web and we have worked together for many years. I would be careful when I make such rude statements about an SEO you do not know or ever worked with.

Aidan, post: 27186 wrote:
Again I’m glad you have had such great ranking success, I wish you quadruple the amount for the future but there is no point believeing it was all from PR sculpting or bot herding, it wasn’t.
I do not care about rankings. I care about traffic, and this month is double than the same month last year. Do you want a screenshot from my Google Analytics?

Aidan, post: 27186 wrote:
To quote the SEO gurus – correlation doesn’t always equal causation!
Webnauts or I never claimed to be guru’s.

Aidan, post: 27186 wrote:
BTW – I enjoyed doing some research on the RDFa stuff you heads-upped earlier though for 99% of the readership here it will have little effect any time soon and I still don’t see it as a ranking factor any more than meta description – next to zero!
RDFa is not a ranking factor. It is search engine marketing strategy, that can increase your CTR, exactly like the appropriate implementation of meta descriptions.

For further reading:

RDFa not important? http://www.webproworld.com/search-engine-optimization-forum/97442-you-working-rdfa-framework-into-your-search-engine-optimization-campaigns.html#post491401

PageRank Not Important?

Is Bruce Clay is wrong too?
“PageRank Leakage: If you’re using Robots.txt Disallow, you’re probably leaking PageRank. Robots.txt Disallow and Meta Roberts Noindex both accumulate and pass PageRank.”

I guess my post here all questions raised in the entire thread.

Enjoy. :)