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Guardian hides user profiles from google. An SEO trick?

August 12, 2008 2 Comments

If you look at your user profile at, it looks like this:

Guardian profile - javascript on

That all looks OK - even a nice URL to link back to my homepage. How very kind.

But if javascript is off ...

Only if you look at the HTML, there's not really a link there at all. Just some wierd javascript that goes off and gets the URL. But only, obviously, if javascript is turned on.

So what google sees is this:

Guardian profile page with javascript offWhy? Some sort of SEO trick to avoid linking out to other sites, as per my previous post? 


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  • TerryG says:

    Hi - not related to this sepcifically - but read your comments regarding the CIF website - specifically in relation to the DDA.

    I have been banging on about this since the day it launched. Pointedly and vociferously. Without any response. Anyway - drop me a line if you want - and we can rant at each other a bit.

    Sorry for the off-topicness

  • SEO Doctor says:

    I started registering and thought it could be a nice link to have, but well spotted.

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