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In the eyes of google, how is a page's ranking affected if it links to a page/site with a noindex meta tag?

In the eyes of google, how is a page's ranking affected if it links to a page/site with a noindex noarchive meta tag?

Question explained, I have a page we'll call Page B that I don't want indexed by google so I have a noindex, noarchive meta tag on it.

However, I have a page, we'll call Page A, that I would like to see do well in google.  I know that a page's ranking is sometimes affected by where it links to and by the content found on the page it links to.  Page A links to Page B

So, I'm wondering if Page B has content that will help Page A's validity and rank but it has a noindex no archive meta tag - will that hurt or delegitimize Page A? In other words, will the content of Page B still provide content validity for Page A in spite of the fact that Page B has a noindex noarchive tag.

Thank you, every little bit helps in the search engines.
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benwiggyCommented:
Page A will definetely not be penalised - however if Google cannot archive the page then at the same time it will probably not boost Page A's ranking.

By the nature of PageRank - another link = a larger denominator when calculating the value of the links, so by linking to Page B you end up weakening the value of other outbound links on Page A - and if they are linking back - you are in fact weaking the value of Page A, hope you follow...
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ontrackprofessionalsAuthor Commented:
I think I follow on the first part, however, I'm not sure what you mean by linking back to Page A. Do you mean that if Page B links back (a reciprocal link?) to Page A that it might hurt Page A's value?  If so, I'm not sure I understand why.  Thanks in advance for your clarification and help.
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humeniukCommented:
"In the eyes of google, how is a page's ranking affected if it links to a page/site with a noindex noarchive meta tag?"

Linking to a 'bad neighborhood' would have a negative effect with Google, but that's about it.  Other than that, linking to another page in general has very little relevance to your search engine placement.  Providing your website users with links to good websites that are likely to be useful and/or of interest to them is a good idea in its own right, though.

As an aside, remember that Google will ignore a noindex/no archive meta tag (and most other meta tags) anyway.  The proper way to tell Google not to index your page is by using a robots.txt file.


"Do you mean that if Page B links back (a reciprocal link?) to Page A that it might hurt Page A's value?  If so, I'm not sure I understand why."

It won't hurt Page A's rankings, but many people believe (and I'm one of them) that an incoming link is worth more if you don't have a reciprocal link on your site.  Google says that it thinks of incoming links as a vote for your website.  A one way link is a true vote for your website.  A reciprocal link is something of a paid for/traded for link so may be devalued by Google.
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ontrackprofessionalsAuthor Commented:
Thank you for your input humeniuk, just want to clarify a few things, by bad neighborhood do you mean a banned or low ranking site? or do you mean that a site with a noindex meta tag is a bad neighborhood?  Regarding telling google not to index a page are you saying that google ignores the <META NAME="GOOGLEBOT" CONTENT="NOINDEX, NOFOLLOW, NOARCHIVE"> at the top of the html and indexes the page anyway?

Thanks in advance for the clarification.
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humeniukCommented:
A low ranking site or a site with a noindex meta tag would not be considered a bad neighborhood.  A banned site or link farm would be considered a bad neighborhood.  (For more on what constitutes a bad neighborhood, see this good thread: www.experts-exchange.com/Q_21316466.html).


"Regarding telling google not to index a page are you saying that google ignores the <META NAME="GOOGLEBOT" CONTENT="NOINDEX, NOFOLLOW, NOARCHIVE"> at the top of the html and indexes the page anyway?"

Well, I'm sorry to say that I overstated that somewhat.  Meta tags in general are of little or no use.  The 'no index' meta tag is supported by some search engines and not supported by some others.  Google does support it whether it's meta name = "robots" or meta name = "googlebot".  However, it is not the recommended method nor is it the most effective method.  The preferred approach is to use a robots.txt file as outlined here: www.robotstxt.org/wc/norobots.html.

To repeat the main point: linking to a site using either of these methods will not do you any harm in and of itself.
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duzCommented:
ontrackprofessionals -

>In the eyes of google, how is a page's ranking affected if it links to a page/site with a noindex noarchive meta tag?

Not affected at all.

- duz
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pigmentartsCommented:
what duz is saying is ture, infact its soon to all change anyway, link exchange is really the question ur asking, by link to one page then will the other be affected! will stop working soon as google wants a network of good links and has new way of stopping exchange programs. i know what ur saying is not really link exchange, but in the same matter you are excepting PR to be build by linking  

below is as much as google will say, doe snot say much but read between the lines...

wherein the one or more types of history data includes information relating to a prior ranking history of documents; and wherein the generating a score includes: determining a prior ranking history of the document, and scoring the document based, at least in part, on the prior ranking history of the document.

wherein the inception date corresponding to the document is based on at least one of a date when a search engine first discovers the document, a date when a search engine first discovers a link to the document, and a date when the document includes at least a predetermined number of pages.

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