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Why would Wikipedia show set external links as rel="nofollow"?

One of the ways search engines determine what Google calls “PageRank” is by the number of incoming links, with more weight given to sites with high page-ranks (NB: I will use this term as the generic ...
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What is the difference between "nofollow" and "noreferrer" link from SEO perspective?

The difference is that, in theory, rel="noreferrer" should not have any SEO impact, while nofollow clearly specifies that the link does not endorse in any way the target URL. nofollow was invented by ...
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What if using rel="dofollow" and rel="nofollow" together for a link?

No such thing as dofollow: The dofollow attribute does NOT EXIST in either rel or meta, this is due to the fact that by default both pages and links are considered dofollow unless you use nofollow. ...
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What is the difference between "nofollow noopener" vs. just "nofollow"?

nofollow will give you granular control to individual external links such as a webpage you don’t necessarily endorse or an internal link you want to prevent bots to access or index such as your ...
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Should I put rel="nofollow" on author link?

The seo experts told us to put rel="nofollow" to all external links. Trying to massage PR (for want of a better term) in this way sounds like a very outdated concept to me. Is e-Commerce any ...
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Do search engines still crawl a noindex page

Yes, Google still crawl webpages that have noindex tag. But if you have same content on two different webpages and one URL contain noindex tag, while second does not, then you should not worry about ...
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Overriding nofollow rules with meta tag

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 ...
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Do search engines still crawl a noindex page

As Goyllo has already stated, search engine bots will crawl pages that have a noindex meta tag. If you think about it, they need to crawl the page in order to see the noindex meta tag in the first ...
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What is meaning of "nofollow me noreferrer" in a rel attribute of a link?

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 ...
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Should you use nofollow links to original sources?

In my opinion you are overthinking this. I recommend using dofollow for any link that you as the writer endorse as worthwhile, relevant content. I recommend using nofollow for any link that's been ...
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My website Internal links are no-follow

No this is not good. Google did not intend for nofollow to be used for internal links. It is meant to be used for links that you do not have editorial control over. This is going to hurt you a lot. ...
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What if using rel="dofollow" and rel="nofollow" together for a link?

The tag rel="dofollow" doesn't exist, it does nothing if anybody uses it. Having two rel attributes in the same tag is an error, regardless of their value.
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rel="nofollow" On Quality User Supplied Links

if the linked to page is context appropriate and of a high value wouldn't it be better to allow the passing of pagerank? Quite probably yes. But unfortunately, in the real world, for arbitrary user ...
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What is the difference between "nofollow noopener" vs. just "nofollow"?

rel="noopener" is used so that when a new window is created upon clicking a link, malicious javascript code running in the new window will not access your previous window via the window.opener ...
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Should links to PDFs have the 'nofollow' attribute?

No-no-no, don't let Semrush misguide you. It is indeed only your decision about indexing/deindexing of PDF. In general, Google loves PDFs. I would noindex them only in case they dublicate the ...
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Does a jQuery "rel=nofollow" even work?

Google does process JavaScript now so, at least for them, this should be effective. But if you want to be sure this works for all search engines you should implement a solution server-side.
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SEO issue - External links rel="nofollow" or NOT!

Nofollow should be used on untrusted links only. If you are curating these links to the retailers' websites (and it sounds like you are) then there is no reason to use nofollow. If users are posting ...
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When there are two links to home page (logo and navigation) how should it be optimized for search engines?

Don't worry about small things like this. It's perfectly fine to have both links. Don't nofollow either of the links. With regard to the home page links… Having the logo linked to the homepage ...
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Our website has thousands of incoming nofollow links, does this help our SEO or is it useless?

What you have to know about rel="nofollow" There are many different opinions, on this question, but the most important thing you need to know about it is that it won't harm your seo if you use ...
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rel="nofollow" on randomly generated internal links

Showing random post from your site is a pretty common practice, adding rel="nofollow" to such links makes no sense at all because it goes against what nofollow really means. nofollow just indicates ...
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Why would Wikipedia show set external links as rel="nofollow"?

There's a couple of reasons why any website (including Wikipedia) that welcomes user content today would make links as no-follow. Links can become outdated and may even return error pages (example: ...
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SEO effects of footer attribution link to website builder's site

I'll not recommend using external dofollow footer links cause: Many of them will be off-topic so your ranks will not be affected Multiple links from the same domain (for SEO it's better quality than ...
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How to deal with data-sheet and product PDFs which are repeated over the web?

Google usually tries to index the authoritative, original source for such content. Ideally Google would index the copy of these PDFs on the manufacturer website. Manufacturers that are removing ...
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Should you use "rel=sponsored" on internal links?

I wouldn't. This might rub some the wrong way, but unless the site gets a ton of traffic (thus the primary benefit) and building authority is not a goal, I can't imagine why anyone would want to pay ...
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Browser seems to automatically add 'nofollow' to links, even though it's not in the page source

As this is happening across all browsers I'd say it's unlikely a browser extension is doing this. Although still check if it happens with any turned off. Failing that, it may be that the site is ...
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When there are two links to home page (logo and navigation) how should it be optimized for search engines?

You should NOT use nofollow on one of the links. nofollow tells search engines that you can't vouch fer the authenticity of the link. It may have been automatically created by a user or spammer. ...
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Having an iframe of which inside the page has a noindex nofollow tag would it affect the rankings of the page having the iframe? Is it cloaking?

No, the NINDEX, NOFOLLOW on the embedded iframe will not effect the page it is displaying on. As they are neither on the actual page, nor within the <head> section of the pages source code. I ...
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Should I add rel nofollow to internal links which already have meta noindex?

It makes a difference. The bots do this: Go to noindex.html. Crawl it, check it, do all the usual checks, get all internal links Don't index this page, because rel="noindex" Repeat for each internal ...
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Should I put rel="nofollow" on author link?

Nofollow is a value that can be assigned to the rel attribute of an HTML a element to instruct some search engines that the hyperlink should not influence the ranking of the link's target in the ...
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