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Old 8th January 2008, 01:01 PM   #1
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Default Interesting Tidbit On 'no-follow' Tags

This may have been discussed and the information can be outdated but here is something I found on Wikipedia.

Google takes "nofollow" literally and does not "follow" the link at all. That is supposedly their official statement, but experiments conducted by SEOs show conflicting results. They show instead that Google does follow the link, but does not index the linked-to page, unless it was in Google's index already for other reasons (such as other, non-nofollow links that point to the page).[8] Links with "nofollow" are included in the backlinks reporting data at Google's Webmaster Central

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Old 8th January 2008, 03:42 PM   #2
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I agree. I make the assumption that google follows/indexes everything on a page that is not restricted by a robots.txt or password. They may not factor in something into the algorithm, but that doesn't mean they are not 'fully' aware of it based on my experiences.

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I agree that Google follows the nofollow, but does not pass along the PR from one page to the next. This is consistent with what they have been saying about webmasters putting the nofollow tag on paid text links. They could have given it a different name like noPR tag, but they would have had a tough time getting Yahoo and MSN to also comply.

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You know what's funny about this, just in terms of Google wanting to make its search results really high quality? What about a site like wikipedia deciding to put nofollow tags on all the external links? Wouldn't it make sense if Google ignored those sorts of nofollow tags? I mean, I understand that wikipedia did this to suppress the "Editing" of people adding links to sites they own and control... (Er, see the wikipedia page on me for an example of this...) But wouldn't Google produce better results if it did consider those pages that a probably high-trust site like wikipedia links to?

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if it did consider those pages that a probably high-trust site like wikipedia links to?
You had me up to there.

I think the issue arose when the links were not nofollow the tendency was for the links added to wikpedia were less likely to be 'high trust' and more likely to be based on self interest/promotion. I believe there did become a 'trust' issue.

Here is a handy search function. you can enter a website domain and see where and how many times it is in within wikipedia

http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?...search&target=

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