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Nofollow Tag Making Me Dizzy
Posted 13 May 2009 - 10:41 AM
First, I'm not a coder, but I try to keep up by reading as much as I can about SEO/coding, etc. I am employed as a copywriter, and a lot of our coding is done by a company hundreds of miles away. They seem busy much of the time, and when I asked about this particular meta tag, they sent me a paragraph from Wikipedia about robots.txt, which I didn't find very helpful. I've tried searching the web and these forums in particular, and although lots of questions about nofollow have been answered, I can't find one that references this particular problem. If I've missed it, please redirect me to the appropriate thread!
What I'm wondering is if it is a good idea for our homepage (and nearly every page of our site) to feature the following tags:
<meta name="robots" content="no,follow">
<meta name="googlebot" content="nofollow">
I'm also not clear on what the deal is with the comma between "no" and "follow"....I feel silly for asking--but I couldn't find another example of the use of a comma there. What does it mean?
Thanks so much for humoring a non-coder. I'm looking forward to learning more about this so I can better contribute to these forums!
Posted 13 May 2009 - 10:53 AM
i'm not sure the comma will work as it is, but it might just see the NO as don't index, don't follow, don't pass go or collect £200.00!
here are details of the correct usage... http://www.w3.org/Se...s/Spidering.txt
Posted 13 May 2009 - 11:27 AM
Since we don't use "noindex" specifically, does that mean that our internal pages could still be indexed through the sitemap (just not accessed and indexed through our internal links, since the nofollow tag prevents it)? Could that be happening? We've ranked for some keywords for several years--a few to internal pages--so we've definitely been indexed somehow. Though now that I think about it, some of our internal pages don't seem to be ranked like they used to be.
Thanks so much for the reply!
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