[pmwiki-users] Limiting search results (nofollow default)

Pico pmwiki at ben-amotz.com
Mon Sep 18 09:01:09 CDT 2006

Pico wrote:
> Any suggestions on the best way to limit search results on PmWiki pages 
> (without password protecting). 
> I took a look at the MicroSoft live.com search page and was surprised at 
> how different the search results were from google.com, in terms of 
> grabbing and promoting near the top of the list certain PmWiki pages, 
> such as PmWiki.PmWiki and Main.RecentChanges, as well as some 
> semi-personal pages that had never appeared on google.com
> One approach I am thinking of is to add %nofollow% to my pagelist 
> templates, to limit the opportunity for search rankings to be driven by 
> automatically generated pagelists.  (One problem: I'd be changing the 
> distributed PageListTemplates page and, as a result, creating issues for 
> future upgrades)
> If I wanted to do more that just change my pagelist templates, could I 
> make a simple change in my config.php that would cause all links to use 
> nofollow by default and, if so, would there be a easy way to bypass that 
> to allow certain links to be followed?  Actually, it would probably work 
> well if I changed the local config.php to add the new default and then 
> shut it off with a group configuration, such as main.php that allowed 
> the links in that group to be followed.  That way, I would treat the 
> main group, for example, as my public jumping off point, while using 
> pages in other groups as jumping off points to pages that might not receive 
> separate search rankings.
> Any suggestions or feedback?
> Pico

Fixed a couple of stupid typos in the last paragraph.


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