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 have?

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NO!! Doing this is SEO suicide. Menu links are great way to channel PageRank to your important pages. Using nofollow would essentially keeping PR from those pages and, even worse, throwing away PR as PR is still "sent" to those links. It's just not used when calculating those page's PR. Don't use nofollow on any internal links unless you don't want search engines finding the pages they are linking to.


If you really want to deemphasize those pages then remove them from your main menu. The biggest issue you will have with that, though, is that they are important pages to users so they need to be easily found. That means you probably want to place them in the footer of your website. That basically is the same as putting them in your main menu.

I wouldn't worry about PR and interlinking to those pages. They may not seem like important pages to you but they are to your users. If you interlink your pages properly then your "really" important pages will stand out from the rest anyway. My advice is to leave those links in your main menu and not worry about it.

  • Ok thank you. But how can i tell search engines not to give importance to about us link and so on...
    – m3tsys
    Dec 30, 2010 at 16:51
  • when i mean they should not give importance to that link i mean they should not count that keyword (let's say 'contact'). I hope that you have understood me.
    – m3tsys
    Dec 30, 2010 at 16:53
  • Also, excuse me for my misspellings; i am not a native english speaker.
    – m3tsys
    Dec 30, 2010 at 16:56
  • I've updated my answer for you.
    – John Conde
    Dec 30, 2010 at 17:11

@m3tsys: +1 on John Conde's answer.

I guess you are using tools like Google Webmaster to find out which keywords are relevant to your website. You should focus on your website main topic and optimize your content for your main keywords, Google will identify your real relevant keywords once you start publishing content. If after a while you see "about" is still a relevant keyword to your site maybe you should not include About link on the static page or when creating the page on server side, insert it using javascript.


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