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DiggBar doesn’t kill the search traffic juice to your website – clarifies DiggBlog

By on April 9th, 2009 
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In our previous article, where we showed you how to force the DiggBar to NOT load on your website, we had told you how you were loosing out on traffic from search engine and Digg.com as a result of the new DiggBar. But in a post on the Digg Blog, it was clarified that you would not be loosing out on any search engine traffic juice due to the new  DiggBar.

They say that the source URL (i.e. the URL of your web link or web page which was just Dugg) is specified as the preferred version of the URL to search engines and a meta noindex tag is used to keep DiggBar pages out of search indexes. DiggBar basically builds a new page with a few new tags included atop it in the source code so that your search engine traffic juice and search engine ranking credits go only to your website rather than the Digg shortened link.

Source Code of the DiggBar enabled page which shows the special tags

On checking the DiggBar enabled webpage's source code we found the following interesting facts:

º A link rel="canonical" tag is included in <head> to indicate that the original URL is the real (canonical) version.

º A meta noindex tag is used to keep DiggBar pages of your webpage out of search indexes.

º Additional URL properties, like PageRank and related signals, are transfered as well, as recommended by Google, Ask, Microsoft and Yahoo! search.

Thus you should stop worrying about the DiggBar and use it's good features as a URL shortener and many others to make your work even more simpler.

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DiggBar doesn’t kill the search traffic juice to your website – clarifies DiggBlog was originally published on Digitizor.com on April 9, 2009 - 8:47 pm (Indian Standard Time)