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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"/>

in the head of the blog to enable following for my link.

My question is that will that code override each link's rel="nofollow" rule and let search engine crawl and count those links for SEO?

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  • Thanks for the info, good point. (Do not assume just because you see a backlink that it’s carrying weight) wish i knew all this earlier :)
    – user49192
    Jan 25, 2015 at 4:32
  • you're welcome but i think you should thank Deimoks. :)
    – user38723
    Jan 25, 2015 at 10:46
  • Search engines still crawl nofollow links, they don't just give the link juice. If you don't believe me, check your server logs.
    – Badr Hari
    Jan 25, 2015 at 16:24
  • so is it even useful for PR?
    – user38723
    Jan 25, 2015 at 16:45

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Search engines crawlers follow the most restrictive rule. If you use nofollow in your meta tag, no link will be followed. If you use follow in your meta tag, all links will be followed except those with rel="nofollow".

So answer to your question is no, meta tag with follow doesn't override individual rel="nofollow".

http://googlewebmastercentral.blogspot.co.nz/2007/03/using-robots-meta-tag.html https://support.google.com/webmasters/answer/96569?hl=en

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  • so bad, but Thanks. however, in my google webmaster, I've seen many links from sites (including stackexchange) with rel="nofollow" links to be counted as backlinks for my site. i doubt that Google is reckless about nofollow links...
    – user38723
    Nov 4, 2014 at 16:46
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    Links with rel="nofollow" does not transfer PageRank or anchor text, so it won't help to your SEO. These are Google's Matt Cutts' words: "Do not assume just because you see a backlink that it’s carrying weight. I’m going to say that again: Do not assume just because you see a backlink that it’s carrying weight. Sometime in the next year, someone will say “But I saw an insert-link-fad-here backlink show up in Google’s backlink tool, so it must count. Right?” And then I’ll point them back here, where I say do not assume just because you see a backlink that it’s carrying weight."
    – Deimoks
    Nov 4, 2014 at 16:52
  • well looks like Google's made it far more complicated than i thought.
    – user38723
    Nov 4, 2014 at 16:59

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