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  • There is contrasting information on when to use nofollow tag thats got me confused :S
    Some reasons to use nofollow make sense e.g. on feedburner, internal links, But I am confused about using nofollow on external links? I want to give credit to people I link to (which I do) but dont want to loose PR linking to a dead site or unrepeatable one.

    Any advice on nofollow attribute would be good.


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  • NoFollow and DoFollow intro

    Who wins?Let’s start with their origins. Spammers leave comments with lots of links on others’ blogs, just to get link juice back to their site. To them, it doesn’t matter that their post is irrelevant, way too long, not readable, etc. They simply want to stuff keywords and links just to get a little bump in search engine rankings. This makes some comments areas, especially for popular blogs, unreadable.

    In 2005, Google’s spam team created an HTML attribute do deter comment spammers. That’s when the NoFollow tag (rel=”nofollow”) was born. Adding this to comments prevents search engine spiders from crawling the links so that there is no passive benefit from leaving comments.

    There is actually no such thing as a DoFollow tag; not having the NoFollow code inherently becomes DoFollow.
    Almost all blogs start with NoFollow comments

    By default, both WordPress (WP 1.5 and up) and blogger/blogspot have NoFollow comments. So ever since you first created your blog, anyone who left comments never received any indirect benefit from you unless you actively did something to take the tag off.

    Why would you want to remove the NoFollow tag that’s meant to protect you from spammers? Well, for one, you may want to encourage activity on your blog by offering link juice back to the people making comments. Secondly, there are wonderful plugins like Akismet that should keep your spam from actually being published anyway.

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