Google: Links Within PDF Documents Pass PageRank

Jul 10, 2015 • 8:21 am | comments (12) by | Filed Under Google Search Engine Optimization

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Google's Gary Illyes said in the comments section of this Google+ post that links within Adobe PDF documents do pass PageRank.

Gary wrote:

Dan, you asked me in Sydney and I told you they [PDFs] pass PageRank.

The question came up as it relates to a security company named Sophos uncovered link spammers cloaking PDF documents with links and keywords and then redirecting users to spam sites.

Dan Petrovic commented on Glenn's post on Google+ saying "last time I checked PDF files didn't pass PageRank."

Which Gary from Google came in and said "you asked me in Sydney and I told you they [PDFs] pass PageRank."

Also, Google said so in this blog post from 2011 "generally links in PDF files are treated similarly to links in HTML: they can pass PageRank and other indexing signals, and we may follow them after we have crawled the PDF file."

Forum discussion at Google+.

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