I saw a post on Andy Beards site about TechCrunch putting nofollow on advertiser links I thought I had seen them no follow for a bit but I wanted to follow up with Mike and ask a few other questions:
Here were my questions to him:
On Dec 30, 2007, at 3:28 PM, Jeremy Schoemaker wrote:
If you have time could you answer these questions I was hoping to do a post on it. I know many people would be interested why you are using no follow now on TechCrunch’s “thanks advertisers” posts. If you do not have time I understand. I know you are busy with holiday stuff.
TechCrunch seems to have fantastic ranks (as it should from its backlinks) in Google. Did that have a big influence in your decision to place the no follow attribute in the sponsors links?
Did Google contact you in any way about putting no-follow rel links on the sponsored pages?
Have you heard from any of the sponsors or had any sponsors stop advertising on TC because of it?
and his response:
From: Michael Arrington
Date: December 30, 2007 7:36:42 PM CST
To: Jeremy Schoemaker
Subject: Re: no follow on sponsors
Hi Jeremy, no, no one contacted us. We’ve been doing no-follows for a while. Just seems like the clean way to do things and be good Internet citizens. No pushback from advertisers. We’re actually increasing our rates on Jan. 1 and continue to sell out regularly.