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    whats this mean

    a rel="nofollow" i found it on a link to my site can someoe tell me what it means??
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    rel="nofollow" is a message to search engine spiders to not follow (or pass PR) from that link. This is usually found in advertisements and blog comments.
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    And sometimes in Social Bookmarking sites too.

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    See this very recent thread for a fairly extensive discussion on rel="nofollow".

    http://www.sitepoint.com/forums/show...;3D%22nofollow
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    when Google sees the attribute (rel="nofollow") on hyperlinks, those links won't get any credit when we rank websites in our search results.

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    Quote Originally Posted by seopigeon View Post
    when Google sees the attribute (rel="nofollow") on hyperlinks, those links won't get any credit when we rank websites in our search results.
    'we'?

    If you were from Google you'd know that Google don't even follow those links, it's not just a lack of credit for them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ann_india View Post
    And sometimes in Social Bookmarking sites too.
    And in some Website Directories...

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    Quote Originally Posted by jvr View Post
    And in some Website Directories...

    and in any code everywhere

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    tells the SE not to pass on what is called as
    pR juice!

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    Quote Originally Posted by arora View Post
    tells the SE not to pass on what is called as
    pR juice!
    It does more then that and how it is handled varies by search engine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stymiee View Post
    It does more then that and how it is handled varies by search engine.
    That article you posted said that Yahoo themselves said that they follow nofollow links and index what they find. So far my test has shown Slurp ignore the nofollow link 3 times and follow the control link. Admittedly, it's not much of a test but so far it's not showing the results that I expected. I might do a more serious test with multiple pages instead of just two.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JJMcClure View Post
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    That article you posted said that Yahoo themselves said that they follow nofollow links and index what they find. So far my test has shown Slurp ignore the nofollow link 3 times and follow the control link. Admittedly, it's not much of a test but so far it's not showing the results that I expected. I might do a more serious test with multiple pages instead of just two.
    An expansion of your test would be helpful to flush out any inconstancies Yahoo may have with their policies concerning nofollow. If you get consistent results you should consider publishing an article at SitePoint with outlining your finds. Then we can cite them whenever new nofollow threads pop up.


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