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New Google NOFOLLOW HTML Tag

Posted: Wed Jan 26, 2005 2:14 am
by eyecandy
Google has launched a new NOFOLLOW tag to be used primarly for Blogs, Forums and Guest Book type sites that get a lot of link spam. This is to prevent spammers from getting credit on their links. The site owners need to implement this on their programs so that the tag gets inserted automatically.

The tag is in this format: rel="nofollow"

So for example, if your HTML link tag is as follows:
<a href="http://www.yahoo.com/">Yahoo</a>

Then you would do this:
<a href="http://www.yahoo.com/" rel="nofollow">Yahoo</a>

Here is more info about it:
http://www.google.com/googleblog/2005/0 ... -spam.html

Posted: Sat Jan 29, 2005 4:28 am
by megri
Tag will be used only in blog comment. Can it be used any where on the page. which in my opinion is yes

Posted: Sun Jan 30, 2005 3:19 am
by Edgar
Megri the tag can be placed anywhere on the page and your site doesn't have to be a blog.

Posted: Thu Aug 07, 2008 11:51 pm
by guruananth
In Robots.txt also many of them using nofollow tag check rel=nofollow and Javascript also

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Posted: Fri Aug 08, 2008 4:18 am
by lordkira
maybe i could apply this with my blog.. thanks for the great info..

Posted: Fri Aug 08, 2008 5:24 am
by Joseph James
I have reasons to believe that google follows “nofollow” tag. In my isslog, I find google following nofollow links

Posted: Mon Aug 11, 2008 1:15 am
by Ka-canor
Yup, nice idea by to filter spammer on other site or on blog.

Posted: Tue Aug 12, 2008 2:44 am
by imranahmed
link is broken.

Posted: Tue Aug 12, 2008 3:06 am
by aciam
good to know coz it'll somehow eliminate or minimize 'spamming' on websites and blogs

Posted: Tue Aug 12, 2008 3:07 am
by ndixon
Google does not follow a link which includes the nofollow attribute. From the horse's mouth at
http://www.google.com/support/webmaster ... swer=96569

How does Google handle nofollowed links?

We don't follow them. This means that Google does not transfer PageRank or anchor text across these links. Essentially, using nofollow causes us to drop the target links from our overall graph of the web. However, the target pages may still appear in our index if other sites link to them without using nofollow, or if the URLs are submitted to Google in a Sitemap.

Re: New Google NOFOLLOW HTML Tag

Posted: Thu Aug 14, 2008 8:30 pm
by VladTepes
I think most webmasters now known this for age... good reminder.

eyecandy wrote:Google has launched a new NOFOLLOW tag to be used primarly for Blogs, Forums and Guest Book type sites that get a lot of link spam. This is to prevent spammers from getting credit on their links. The site owners need to implement this on their programs so that the tag gets inserted automatically.

The tag is in this format: rel="nofollow"

So for example, if your HTML link tag is as follows:
<a href="http://www.yahoo.com/">Yahoo</a>

Then you would do this:
<a href="http://www.yahoo.com/" rel="nofollow">Yahoo</a>

Here is more info about it:
http://www.google.com/googleblog/2005/0 ... -spam.html

Posted: Fri Aug 15, 2008 2:28 am
by tomasmatt
This thread was started on Wed Jan 26, 2005. At that time nofollw tag was new.

Posted: Fri Aug 15, 2008 3:13 am
by guinanie
tomasmatt wrote:This thread was started on Wed Jan 26, 2005. At that time nofollw tag was new.


No follow tag is still an issue today especially to Google who does not want a no follow tag.

Posted: Fri Aug 15, 2008 7:58 am
by peterko
guinanie wrote:
tomasmatt wrote:This thread was started on Wed Jan 26, 2005. At that time nofollw tag was new.


No follow tag is still an issue today especially to Google who does not want a no follow tag.


That's very interesting. I was wondering how do you know Google doesn't want "nofollow" tag. I didn't hear about it, was any information released online so I can read it? Anyone else can clarify it?

Have a great day

Posted: Sat Aug 16, 2008 2:18 am
by bikini tv
this is interesting because people say that google sometimes even follows a nofollow link, but they just dont use it for page rank is all.