On Tue, 02 Aug 2005 00:45:22 +0100, Roy Schestowitz
>Big Bill wrote:
>> On Mon, 1 Aug 2005 08:51:34 +0000 (UTC), "T.J." <firstname.lastname@example.org>
>>>How does Google react to rel="nofollow" ?
>>>I put a brand new page up at the weekend which
>>>only has 1 link pointing to it using rel="nofollow"
>>>and within 48hrs it was indexed in Google.
>> It means it won't credit you with anything from the passing page. get
>> an ibl from a PR10 page and it won't pass any PR. For those who care
>> about these things.
>I don't think it ever be followed either, unless you count actual users. It
>isn't just a matter of credit, but it also supresses also attention
>(bandwidth) from crawlers. It allows you to control leakage of PR, which is
>probably a bad thing over the long term... the death of citations and
You are correct; according to Google, MSN, and Yahoo - links using
rel="nofollow" attrribute will not have their search spiders following
those links and will also ignore the anchor text used for those links.
It is as if you had not shared the link at all on the page -
It was mainly created for bloggers to use to control comment spam but
it did open the doors on the attribute to be applied, and-or misused,
in other areas of the page.
In terms of citations and acknowledgements - is Wikipedia still using
rel="nofollow" on links shared on that site?