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Re: how to hide [message #164359 is a reply to message #164356] Sun, 30 January 2011 05:35 Go to previous messageGo to previous message
Ernesto is currently offline  Ernesto   Sweden
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If it had a bearing on page rank (it actually used to, long ago) then people start adding it everywhere to linkshape. Since then google for example, doesn't follow the links, it means that the end users, meaning the ones that searches on google, will get a worse experience, since googlebot can never find anything, since everyone added rel="nofollow" to increase their pagerank.

It is a counter-productive practice and to follow the google motto: "Make the pages for users, not for search engines" applies.

If you have a problem with spam, that is another issue and not something that should be solved by rel="nofollow", since that would "ruin" all legitimate links.

While I agree that options are good, what if everyone still believes old rumours that it will make their page appear better in google search results, well, then everyone will enable it and boom, link crawling has effectively either been put out of comission, or search engines will be forced to ignore the rel="nofollow" tag.

Best practice is to use the nofollow tag on things you do not want the engine to follow, for example "Reply" "Register" "New Topic" etc.
( http://www.google.com/support/webmasters/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=965 69)


Hey, did you hear our latest inside tip? Make relevant content. Wink

That is of course just my opinion and I can be wrong like everyone else

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