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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 to that page. I heard that search engines try to post forms. If it is true, they will reach a page that I don't want to be indexed.

Am I falling into paranoia? Do search engines really try to post forms?

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Yes, they will try to post the form. Anyway, the approach you're using could potentially have problems if someone else links to the page. If you don't want a page to be crawled by a responsible bot (like Google/Bing etc) then you should use the robots.txt file to disallow them from crawling it. If you don't have access to robots.txt you can do a similar thing with the robots meta tag. Adding the following to the head of the page you don't want indexed should work:

<meta name="robots" content="noindex, nofollow"> 
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  • This seems to be the perfect solution. thanks a lot ! – paragooon May 15 '11 at 17:12

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