How can I create a "link" from my site to other sites that passes no link juice or reputation whatsoever? I'm not talking about nofollow links... I'm hoping to discover there's some way to create a text- or image-link that is simply not even recognized as a link by Google, but still functions identically to a normal "
Nofollow is what you are looking for. It doesn't pass any link juice and google wont open or save them.
In general, we don't follow them. This means that Google does not transfer PageRank or anchor text across these links. Essentially, using nofollow causes us to drop the target links from our overall graph of the web. However, the target pages may still appear in our index if other sites link to them without using nofollow, or if the URLs are submitted to Google in a Sitemap.
I guess you could hide it behind a captcha since the whole idea of a captcha is that a robot should be able to access it.
Use a redirector that is blocked in robots.txt.
Instead of linking to
http://example.com, link to
/redirect?id=1 which does a database lookup based on the ID to get the URL and then issues a redirect. Alter your robots.txt file to add:
That way users can use the link mostly like normal. The only differences will be: It may take a couple extra milliseconds on click to do the redirect. Users won't be able to see the link URL destination using mouse-over.
Googlebot will have no idea where the link goes and will have no way of finding out.