Before we dive too deep into this topic let’s define what we’re really talking about. In the world of website design and blog design we love to talk about how many “inbound links” a site may have, how many attributes any given LINK may have, etc, etc. Today we are referring to LINK attributes or LINK tags. This basically means what types of cool little tags have been applied to any given LINK on any given website or blog.
One thing to keep in mind…almost ALL search engines ignore ALL LINK attributes except one. The rel=”nofollow” attribute. Yep…this is the attribute of all attributes folks. By adding the no-follow tag to a link we have dictated to the search engines that we DO NOT want the link to be handled as a normal editorial vote…so to speak. In summary we don’t want the search engines to allow any link value to be passed to other sites.
It gets more interesting. Each search engine handles the rel=”nofollow” tag differently. So my original question still stands. To follow or not to follow? I hope to dive into each search engine on a series of blog posts to summarize their individual idiosyncrasies. We don’t have the exact formula, of course, but with years of experience we can make some good guesses!
Stay tuned for more nofollow updates and here is an example of a real nofollow tag we used not too long ago. <a href=https://www.ebbwebdesign.com rel=”nofollow”> blog scraping idiots!</a>
That is one of my favorites…we’re making fun of these hack blog content scrapers out there who ruin the entire Internet with their garbage.
Good Search Engine Optimization practices, quality site structure and general white hat tactics are always the way to fly in the online world folks. Remember that.Google+