I’m pretty curious if search engines are still not respecting their own imposed crawling filter:
It’s been almost an year now, since the search community introduced the rel=”nofollow” attribute. It was a ground breaking technique for spammers and not only, but the question is does it still work?
Google started the trend when they announced the new attribute. Along with them hoped onboard also Yahoo and MSN and a lot of other blog-related sites. The original idea was to stop the comment spam on blogs. Well, it had an impact, but not the one desired, because spam still exists even with the nofollow-ed links.
One day a few months ago I wanted to see which search engines obey to this rule, and which don’t, which follow links which are given rel=”follow” and which don’t. I put a special file on my site fur testing purposes only, which I marked it with nofollow. A couple of months later here we are, and I have an interesting piece of data I want to share.
Source Article (Februari 2006)
I’m using the rel=”nofollow” attribute quite a lot because I often want to limit the amount of links to say my contact page, to prevent that this page is indexed higher than my other pages.
Does anyone know if this is true:
Well, I think you missed the idea a little bit: crawling (“hitting”) on link is not mentioned to be prohibited by nofollow. Nofollow items will never appear in SERPs, they will never be included into PR counting and they will not be taken into consideration as backlinks. That’s the idea.