Can you opt out of the XML Google Sitemaps plugin link scheme?
This is a truly fantastic plugin – I love it. But our Google customer support analyst “strongly suggests” that we consider stopping use of the plugin because it is part of a “link scheme”. All of the links the right sidebar of the XML Sitemap configuration page are labeled as “Google Webmaster Tools” and “Yahoo Site Explorer” but are actually links to the author’s website. A script then redirects to the labeled location but only after passing “link juice” (used to power Google PageRank) to the author’s site. When we asked why this is a problem Google suggested that the Link Juice we pass to the author’s site could then be “sold” in the form of links from the author’s site to other client sites. This is why they call it a “scheme”.
I don’t actually care if we pass link juice to the author’s site and in our opinion the author is entitled to make some money from this excellent plugin – but Google apparently does care and we don’t want to get on the wrong side of Google.
Is there a way to opt out of the right sidebar links? I have been reluctant to simply alter them in the code because they are associated with long encrypted keys in the embedded resources of the code.
Thanks for the help.
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