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Original ANIMATED infographic: http://www.verticalmeasures.com/link-building/how-links-pass-authority-infographic/
Links are still the #1 factor in ranking sites in search engines today. Want higher rankings? Earn authoritative links as part of your well rounded SEO campaign. But how exactly are links helping your site and providing you with this ‘authority’ so sought after?
Understanding how authority passes on the web is a concept many have tried to illustrate. The fact of the matter is: we don’t know! No one knows exactly how authority links pass on authority but we have some sneaking suspicions. With the help of our talented graphic designer, Erin Pritchard, we’ve developed the below infographic to help you visualize how we think authority passes through links. Several factors contribute to full authority passing such as rel=nofollow tags or links pointing to broken pages.