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rel="nofollow" Google, Yahoo, MSN, Blogmakers target spam

 
 
Reply Wed 19 Jan, 2005 05:33 pm
One of the most significant syntax standards for SEO has been established.

The trio of main search engines (Google, Yahoo and MSN Search) have agreed upon a standard for <a tags.

By adding the rel="nofollow" tag to a link webmasters inform search engines of "untrusted" links that should not contribute to search engine ranking algorithims.

The initial use for this tag is blogs, for use in the comments section to curb blog "comment spam" (posting comments just for the backlinks) but is useful for any application that allows user-generated urls (like forums).

Here are some blogs that will support this standard in their software

Brad Fitzpatrick - LiveJournal
Dave Winer - Scripting News
Anil Dash - Six Apart
Steve Jenson - Blogger
Matt Mullenweg - WordPress
Stewart Butterfield - Flickr
Anthony Batt - Buzznet
David Czarnecki - blojsom
Rael Dornfest - Blosxom
Mike Torres - MSN Spaces

Here are the blog entries from the search trio:

http://www.google.com/googleblog/2005/01/preventing-comment-spam.html
http://blogs.msdn.com/msnsearch/archive/2005/01/18/nofollow_tags.aspx
http://www.ysearchblog.com/archives/000069.html

Note: Able2Know will support this tag shortly on sites we run and I will add this to the Able2Know SEO mod and publish an update.

This will be added to the Able2Know SEO mod shortly
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husker
 
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Reply Wed 19 Jan, 2005 05:46 pm
Will this help or hinder A2K?

does this go on all pages
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By adding the rel="nofollow" tag to a link webmasters inform search engines of "untrusted" links that should not contribute to search engine ranking algorithims.


I might not understand fully.
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Craven de Kere
 
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Reply Wed 19 Jan, 2005 11:02 pm
If you read about it (I provided all the links you need) you should be able to understand it. If not you should probably not worry about it.

You can read about the html standard it uses here:

http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/struct/links.html#h-12.1.2
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Monger
 
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Reply Thu 20 Jan, 2005 12:51 am
The cooperation between companies there is good to see. Addressing referrer spam would be nice, too....
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Craven de Kere
 
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Reply Thu 20 Jan, 2005 01:21 am
This was aimed at being available to address referrer spam as well, but there hasn't yet been a push by log analyzers to adopt it.

I've contacted awstats and webalizer asking that they support this standard (and when asking it doesn't hurt that it is valid, validating HTML and XHTML).
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blackhawk12
 
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Reply Fri 18 Feb, 2005 03:06 pm
Hey Craven , is this new tag utilized in the SEO mod yet? Best regards and kudos on this awesome MOD,

Bernard Richter
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Craven de Kere
 
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Reply Fri 18 Feb, 2005 05:18 pm
Not yet, I have been very busy. When I have some time I'll update the mod.
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