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    PR question: Direct vs. Relative internal links
    I'm developing the internal link structure for my website. I want to make sure every page on my website casts a PR vote for my home page. Is there a difference between using absolute and relative links?

    Which one of these should I use:

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    <a href="/">Link to home page</a>
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    <a href="http://www.my-home-page.com/">Link to home page</a>
    On a related question, I have several pages on my website that I don't want to leak PR to. Pages like "contact us", "submission guidelines", "privacy policies", etc, are linked to in every page on my website. How can I prevent PR leak to these pages?

    Thanks in advance!

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    Absolute or relative should work the same. Most suggest absolute just to make sure the spiders don't get confused, but in reality all of the important ones handle it fine.

    As for not passing PR to some pages, you might make those links with Javascript or use the rel=nofollow attribute in the link, like:

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    <a href="http://www.example.com" rel="nofollow">No PR</a>
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    Cool thanks!

    Good to know relative and absolute links are the same.

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    If you use relative links, be sure to have a <base href="http://yourdomain.com/yourpage.htm"> in the page <head>, or you could be the victim of a 302 redirect, basically another site yanking your pagerank out from under you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by weisinator
    If you use relative links, be sure to have a <base href="http://yourdomain.com/yourpage.htm"> in the page <head>, or you could be the victim of a 302 redirect, basically another site yanking your pagerank out from under you.
    could you further explain this as site scrapers and 302 redirect tricksters abound within the affiliate community. Does http://yourdomain.com/yourpage.htm have to address each name page individually, or can just http://www.yourdomain.com/ suffice for all pages?
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