Recently I was checking the source code of a website. I was expecting the links to do follow or no follow but what I observed was this:

<a href="http://www.website.com" rel="nofollow me noreferrer">

What is the meaning of this full line?

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Rel attribute can contain multiple value. Here is reference link.

The value of this attribute is a space-separated list of link types.

<a href="http://www.website.com" rel="nofollow"/>
<a href="http://www.website.com" rel="me"/>
<a href="http://www.website.com" rel="noreferrer"/>

So the short form is

<a href="http://www.website.com" rel="nofollow me noreferrer"/>

Nofollow is used when you don't want to pass Google trust factor(Pagerank and Anchor text) to that link.

Noreferrer is used when you want to hide your HTTP referral information, so other sites who use analytics tool don't know from where the traffic is coming.

Me is used when you want to reference your profile on any page. It can be anything like google plus, facebook, twitter and site/author profile as well.

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