Google Webmaster Guidelines, Text Link Ads and Lynx
As a result, paid links have gone extinct from most websites now but there’s some interesting irony here.
The Webmaster Guidelines document recommends using a text web browser called Lynx to help people visualize how Google spiders will see their websites.
What may surprise you here is that this official Lynx website, which is actually linked from the Google Guidelines document, is selling text link ads for stuff like “online dating” and “data recovery” without using the rel=nofollow attribute.
This site is currently #1 in Google for the word “Lynx” but probably the rankings will change courtesy these text link ads.
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Amit Agarwal is a Google Developer Expert in Google Workspace and Google Apps Script. He holds an engineering degree in Computer Science (I.I.T.) and is the first professional blogger in India.