Take the 2-minute tour ×
Webmasters Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for pro webmasters. It's 100% free, no registration required.

Let's say I have a products page with listing producsts and the page has pagination. I would like the 1st page to have all the SE ranking weight so I decided to put meta noindex on the rest of the paginated pages (from page 2 to N).

My common sense says that if I don't want pages to not get indexed, I shouldn't also pass link/PR juice to these pages. (Is that smart?)

What happens if I set rel="nofollow" for all pagination links from page 2 to page N?

share|improve this question

1 Answer 1

up vote 3 down vote accepted

It makes a difference. The bots do this:

  • Go to noindex.html. Crawl it, check it, do all the usual checks, get all internal links
  • Don't index this page, because rel="noindex"
  • Repeat for each internal link

As you can see, it still follows all internal links, it just doesnt index no-index.html. This means internal-linked-page.html will get found, crawled and indexed.

If you add nofollow to your noindex.html page, this will happen:

  • Go to noindex.html. Crawl it, check it, do all the usual checks, Don't follow internal links

As for your situation, pagination with rel=“next/prev”. This will indicate same result, page 2.

share|improve this answer
    
thank you for explanation –  CamSpy Jun 5 at 9:28

Your Answer

 
discard

By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.