A value for the rel attribute in a HTML tag

learn more… | top users | synonyms

11
votes
4answers
353 views

Rel no follow on EVERY link?

Forgive me for asking such a simple question, I understand why you would want to rel nofollow untrusted links (forum posts, blog comments etc), but why would you not want to do it on EVERY link on ...
10
votes
2answers
319 views

How to handle hundred of external links in a site?

The site I am working on has few hundred distributors, each one has its own page, and a link to that distributors website. Some of the distributors have multiple locations and so they have multiple ...
9
votes
3answers
3k views

How important is that we use REL=“NOFOLLOW” in external links?

I hear to improve pagerank and other SEO factors, we should use rel="nofollow" on links to external sites. Why is this? So if I'm not using rel="nofollow" will search engine bots credit the linked ...
9
votes
2answers
522 views

Ratio of No-follow & Do-follow Backlinks

I know that when it comes to obtaining backlinks, a no-follow is pretty much worthless. However, does Google (or other major search engines) penalize for sites that have nothing but do-follow links? ...
6
votes
1answer
286 views

Overriding nofollow rules with meta tag

I'm using a blog that automatically nofollows links in spite of manually dofollowing links in the HTML code. so I decided to put this code: <meta name="robots" content="index,follow,noodp,noydir"/&...
5
votes
2answers
484 views

Since Google reduces the value of links alongside nofollow links, what is an alternative?

Since 2009, Google counts nofollow links also as outgoing links, and thus reduces the value of the other links. What are some alternatives to stop Google counting outside links from my page? If I ...
5
votes
4answers
618 views

Should I put rel=“nofollow” on author link?

We have just launched a new ecommerce shop. At the very bottom there is an anchor linking to our company website (a little advertisement, if you like). The SEO experts told us to put rel="nofollow" to ...
5
votes
3answers
810 views

Should I use nofollow on internal links that don't need to be crawled?

We have a product navigation engine that allow our customers to filter products based on attributes (size, color, etc.). We are implementing an upgrade that allows them to use "multi-select" ...
4
votes
2answers
804 views

Should I add rel=nofollow to menu links?

Should I add rel="nofollow" to the links from my site menu? (To links like: home, about us, contact etc. that don't have any connection with the site niche.) Does this helps? What other options do I ...
4
votes
6answers
848 views

Using disqus for a website (question on SERP and backlink)

I am building a website and am trying to decide between writing my own commenting system and using Disqus. One of the main deciding factors is that (obviously), I want comments left on my page to be ...
4
votes
3answers
2k views

rel=“nofollow” SEO effect

Google Webmasters Tools shows rel="nofollow" links as a backlink. I believe that rel="nofollow" helps SEO and PageRank but according to many people it is not. What is your idea about this? Did you see ...
4
votes
3answers
3k views

Should I use rel=“nofollow” for social media links?

The question here is whether I'm passing juice to my Facebook, Yelp pages etc. I do want those pages to rank higher than those of competitors, but am I hurting my site by having these sitewide links ...
4
votes
2answers
456 views

Should I pass link juice to my pages on other websites that are already high PR domains?

I am starting a new website for a local business and have entries listed for it on places like urbanspoon, yelp, google+ local, etc. I am thinking of listing these citation sites on my business ...
4
votes
3answers
1k views

nofollow doesn't stop crawling?

In my website, most of the pages has a linkedin sharing button written in this way: <li> <a id="share_linkedin" href="/link/share/linkedin/Dance+Combo+%28Jazz%2C+Tap%2C+...
4
votes
1answer
203 views

Should I use nofollow when cross-linking between two sites I own on a single domain?

I currently maintain both a retail store and a repository of user manuals for those products. These websites are both situated on the same domain (mystore.com and manuals.mystore.com respectively). ...
3
votes
2answers
137 views

Our website has thousands of incoming nofollow links, does this help our SEO or is it useless?

We have a huge amount of backlinks from good sources, but unfortunately a large chunk of them are nofollow. I'm just hoping these aren't completely useless for SEO. Update: I edited the question ...
3
votes
1answer
175 views

rel=“nofollow” being removed with javascript, why?

I was looking through the blog comments of an Alexa top 20,000 site, and I noticed something odd: when a comment is viewed in the source (or in Firebug with JS turned OFF) the author's name is written ...
3
votes
3answers
94 views

Should I add “rel=”nofollow" to editorial, non-sponsored links to commercial websites?

We have a news website and, sometimes, we mention companies that we cover and include a link to their sites in our articles. In doing so, are we supposed to add a nofollow directives, or are these ...
3
votes
2answers
1k views

Is there any benefit to put rel='nofollow' on mailto links?

Since bots have a fixed budget to spend to crawl websites on a regular basis, does it makes sense to mark mailto links with rel='nofollow' to make sure them don't spend time on these (especially if ...
3
votes
2answers
1k views

Web designer's link back to own website (rel=“designer” / rel=“nofollow”)

I read somewhere that web designers' habit of placing a default "follow" link in the footer of their client websites is bad for SEO. Is this true? If so, should we use rel="nofollow" instead. I ...
3
votes
1answer
237 views

Should I disallow(robots.txt) archive/author pages with links already available on the front page?

I am working on a simple Wordpress blog where when an article is published, it appears on ALL these pages: Homepage - Headline(clickable) + 3-line summary Parent category page - Headline(clickable) +...
3
votes
1answer
77 views

Many external links affecting SEO?

I run a website that is for a non-profit organization and the site is mainly information for the consumer. A page on this site list stores that are a certain type of business. I am planning on adding ...
3
votes
1answer
32 views

Nofollow without modifying the link itself

We use third party software on our website. Part of the license agreement means not modifying the "copyright" line. I have no intention of breaking this, however, because that line includes a dofollow ...
3
votes
1answer
145 views

Are no “rel” attribute backlinks dofollow or nofollow?

I have signed up for Alexa's one month free and they gave me an option to list two extra links to my site. These extra two links do not have a rel attribute, although the main link (1st) to my site ...
3
votes
1answer
224 views

Use rel=“nofollow” on internal ads?

I know you're supposed to use rel="nofollow" on outgoing ads, to keep from passing link juice, but what about internal ads? We have a number of links with pictures that I consider as ads to other ...
2
votes
3answers
2k views

Is this tag real? rel=“nofollow external”

I can't seem to find any documentation that officially comments on this tag. Maybe a few forum posts here or there, but nothing on Webmaster Guidelines and even here on Pro Webmasters, I'm not seeing ...
2
votes
4answers
455 views

Why would you ever use NOINDEX without NOFOLLOW

Everytime I've used the NOINDEX directive on a page, it made sense to use NOFOLLOW as well. I can't imagine a scenario where you would not want a page indexed, but would want the links inside it to be....
2
votes
3answers
191 views

When there are two links to home page (logo and navigation) how should it be optimized for search engines?

How to SEO optimize when there are 2 links to home page: Logo image linked to homepage. Navigation bar text (categories) linked to homepage. There are also 2 links to contact page with different ...
2
votes
3answers
533 views

rel=nofollow, JavaScript slider content, SEO

My website has all content on one page. I'm using JavaScript to slide (animate) between the various "subpages", so only the subpage content is shown. The menu buttons are as this: <a href="#...
2
votes
1answer
283 views

How Do I Make A Dynamic PHP Link 'No-Follow'?

I want to make the Footer links on my website 'No Follow'. How would I do it on these dynamic PHP links? <ul> <li><a href="<?=site_url('terms');?>">Terms</a>|</li&...
2
votes
2answers
146 views

Nofollow links between sites owned by same company

My company owns 2 websites with the following characteristics: Same categorization and URL structure The inventories are entirely disjoint Site #1 concentrates on reproductions of famous oil ...
2
votes
1answer
325 views

Could globally applying rel=“nofollow” to external links have a negative SEO impact

I have a website which has a lot of user-sourced content that accounts for a significant portion of our organic search traffic. In an effort to avoid spammers or link bait type scenarios, we made ...
2
votes
2answers
68 views

Is meta nofollow different from rel=“nofollow”?

If I put on my website <meta name="robots" content="nofollow" />, does that prevent from passing juice to all the links on my website (internal and external)? Is the nofollow in meta any ...
2
votes
1answer
1k views

nofollow in a form action

Imagine I have a page on my website that I don't want to be followed by robots. So I put a rel='nofollow' on every link to that page. Now imagine I have a form on another page which action is a link ...
2
votes
1answer
484 views

SEO issue - External links rel=“nofollow” or NOT!

Previously I created a website for promo codes and coupons. That have hundreds of external links to the Retailer's websites and I used rel="nofollow" tag. But my site SEO rank was very very... bad ...
2
votes
3answers
2k views

Do search engines index mailto and tel links?

I have a website that allows users to display their email address and contact number on their public profile page. These would be in link format, example: <a href="mailto:user%40email.com" title="...
2
votes
1answer
59 views

Is the nofollow attribute present in reddit links?

All SEO articles I've read on this subject claim that reddit links are nofollow. I am not questioning that information, but I would like to know how these folks are able to verify that reddit links ...
2
votes
2answers
147 views

Social media links on my site & SEO

How should I give URL to my social accounts on my web page, to make perfect SEO? with nofollow attribute as like this? <a href='http://www.facebook.com/example' rel='nofollow'> We Are In ...
2
votes
2answers
136 views

About rel=“nofollow” inside links

I'm curious about this since many website use rel="nofollow" and I don't know why. If you have a site that's ranked very good in Google, and you don't add rel="nofollow" to links inside article ...
2
votes
1answer
33 views

Should I nofollow and/or noindex links that are not cached?

I have a Magento store with what they call a layered navigation. Basically a menu with links to things like color, price, etc. I'm currently not caching these links, and so their response time is ...
2
votes
1answer
26 views

`<META NAME=“ROBOTS” CONTENT=“INDEX, NOFOLLOW”>` but only for external links - without using `rel=“nofollow”`

Can you set <META NAME="ROBOTS" CONTENT="INDEX, NOFOLLOW"> but only apply the nofollow part to external links ? I know you can set rel="nofollow" on individual links, but in this particular ...
2
votes
2answers
43 views

How to link domains hosted on one hosting account

I have several different domains hosted on one hosting account and some of these domains are linked together not because I am trying to influence page rank but because they contain related content. ...
2
votes
1answer
740 views

How to Keep “Good” Bots That Ignore Robots & Nofollow From Getting Into Honeypots?

We have a self generating honeypot that is designed to fill crawlers with junk data (among other things). Its protected with the right "treaties" and headers so 99% of good bots stay away. Today ...
2
votes
1answer
91 views

Does nofollow block bad neighborhoods?

Say website A has a lot of backlinks from bad neighborhoods (link farms, black hat websites, spammy website, etc...). It may even suffer from a penalty. If site A has a nofollow link to site B, are ...
2
votes
1answer
80 views

Avoiding crawl time for noindex pages

I have pages with noindex in robots meta tag (specifically inner site search results pages). Because my site has many pages and Google hasn't crawled them all and I'm trying to help his crawler focus ...
2
votes
2answers
231 views

Nofollow on links to Google pages

I have a site that includes a fair amount of location (street address) data, and I generate a lot of links to Google Maps using that data. What's the usual practice for nofollow in this situation? ...
2
votes
1answer
544 views

Do all search engines obey nofollow rel attribute on hyperlinks

I have been informed that search engine support is inconsistent for the rel attribute with the 'nofollow' value. Is this the case. From my research Google, Yahoo and Bing seem to obey this attribute ...
1
vote
2answers
197 views

Using nofollow when crosslinking my own sites

I have 20 sites in the same domain, different niches and I want to interlink them for USER EXPERIENCE. I want to know from someone who tested this: Will using a nofollow attribute for the links keep ...
1
vote
2answers
707 views

Is it acceptable SEO to have rel=“nofollow” on internal links that are not part of my keyword strategy?

After reviewing my content keywords in Webmaster Tools, it seems that Google is identifying the text in non-relevant links as keywords. Is it acceptable practice to implement rel="nofollow" within the ...
1
vote
5answers
690 views

Should I add a “nofollow” attribute to download links, or disallow the URLs in robots.txt?

I have a download link very similar to Opera's one - it's just a script that sends the file. It doesn't have an extension and there's no obvious way to tell that it's actually a download link. So ...