[pmwiki-users] having trouble with google :(

Patrick R. Michaud pmichaud at pobox.com
Thu Dec 23 21:23:24 CST 2010

On Wed, Dec 22, 2010 at 07:28:46PM -0500, Ashish Myles wrote:
> Also FYI: any <a> tag with rel="nofollow" is not followed by search engines.
> All the links in your sidebar menu seem to have rel="nofollow". 

Just to clarify a common misconception (and perhaps prevent it from 
being repeated further):  The rel="nofollow" attribute does not require
a search engine to not follow the link.  Many search engines 
(including Google) still follow links marked with rel="nofollow".  

The nofollow attribute simply indicates that the link is not to be 
accorded any weight in ranking calculations.

See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nofollow#Interpretation_by_the_individual_search_engines for more details.

PmWiki defaults to adding rel='nofollow' to local links to non-existent
pages, which explains why many of the sidebar links have rel="nofollow".


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