XF 1.3 Link proxy and SEO


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1. Is there any negative effect, in terms of SEO, for websites published on my website if I enable link proxy?

In other words, would already existents external links that received significant boost in terms of SEO from my websites would have impact on theirs SEO?

2. Any reason to enable link proxy if the forum doesn't use SSL?

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1. I think its not if I look to the source. Also if you mouse is over a link you see the normal link not the proxy link. But I'm not for 100% sure of it.

2. Is even not needed on SSL websites. Links don't load in the page so the site is full SSL even the link is just http. Only if you load a image or other content form http it is a problem. It is just to see whats links are most clicked by the users.

Jake Bunce

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1) I'm not sure how a link proxy would affect page rank, but links in user posts are already nofollow so there shouldn't be a difference.

2) The proxy benefits inline images on SSL sites by preventing 'mixed content' warnings in the client browser. For hyperlinks the proxy / SSL is irrelevant.


If you inspect the code of a Link posted in a XenForo Message with Proxie Link enabled, this function only add a Custom Metadata to the link, but not modified the link itself, only add a new metadata for tracking purposes.
    <blockquote class="messageText ugc baseHtml">
        <a href="http://www.google.com" target="_blank" class="externalLink ProxyLink" data-proxy-href="proxy.php?link=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.google.com&amp;hash=a672cbff788e12b20a74cb51ac06f837">www.google.com</a>
In my opinion this not affect the SEO of the links, because the link is intact.

In your case, your website has a good time working without ProxyLink, external links posted in your website are already established in the Google Index, and perhaps you offer the service of Paid Reviews to other websites. I think ProxyLink would improve the SEO of your website slightly because the LinkProxy adds metadata to the links, although it is an almost imperceptible change, but it will help to lightly refresh your pages in the Google Index, verifying that new metadata.
Warning: This is only an opinion and common sense, but I haven't tested/checked