[pmwiki-users] Nofollow in external URLS

John Rigdon jrigdon at researchonline.net
Mon Oct 21 19:09:54 CDT 2013

This is an important issue for me.  I have been moving my sites to PMWiki
over the past few months and simultaneously have seen a dramatic drop in
site traffic and ad revenue.  I attributed it to the crappy state of the
gubment and the economy, but perhaps I have inadvertently caused all my
new content not to be indexed..

I find there are a half dozen or so references to 'nofollow' in
pmwiki.php.  From what I understand of the dialogue, adding the line to
config.php should override these so the indexing will occur.

Is this correct?

Thank you,
John Rigdon


> Thank you! Unfortunately, I wasn't even aware of this issue before. Now
> I wonder whether "rel=nofollow" was the reason why my (not publicly
> editable) wiki was under-represented in search engines.
> Maybe $UrlLinkFmt could be added to the sample config.php, but be
> commented out by default? This might help people to notice.
> --StefCT
> On 10/21/2013 03:31 PM, Patrick R. Michaud wrote:
>> Because comment spam, wiki spam, and blog spam have been such large
>> problems in the past, I prefer PmWiki's current default of rel=nofollow.
>> This makes more sense given that PmWiki defaults to an open editing
>> model (i.e., a wiki) when it is first installed.
>> The config already makes it possible to disable/enable rel=nofollow as
>> desired by setting $UrlLinkFmt:
>>     # remove rel=nofollow
>>     $UrlLinkFmt =
>>       "<a class='urllink' href='\$LinkUrl'
>> title='\$LinkAlt'>\$LinkText</a>";
>> Pm
>> On Mon, Oct 21, 2013 at 10:22:51AM +0200, Eric Forgeot wrote:
>>> I guess most people are using PmWiki as a CMS and not as an open wiki
>>> so it
>>> could make sense to disable this no follow option (and make it possible
>>> to
>>> enable it again in the config)
>>> Le 21 oct. 2013 10:15, "Simon" <nzskiwi at gmail.com> a écrit :
>>>> I understand that the attribute rel=nofollow was added as an antispam
>>>> measure some time ago,
>>>> but I wonder if in fact it penalises PmWiki websites but not having
>>>> their
>>>> content counted and weighted by search engines?
>>>> I'm thinking it would be better not to have the default being
>>>> nofollow.
>>>> Simon

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