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  • Resolved richireo2016

    (@richireo2016)


    It turns out that when updating or creating a new pagefront in wordpress 4.7.4 this automatically adds to the target_black this rel = “noopener noreferrer” is there any way to disable it? Cause me problems

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  • morphin15889

    (@morphin15889)

    Is there a noopener noreferrer solution?

    I recently found out that the problem is the same, now the problem is resolved. Will it affect the seo rank?

    [link redacted]

    twopluscute

    (@twopluscute)

    Please fix this.
    At the very least give us the OPTION to choose whether we want our internal links nofollow or not.

    I want them follow and – obviously – there is nothing risky about me linking to my own posts.

    There are plugins that safely turn external links to nofollow. I am afraid I can not see how this forced is an improvement (and by the many social media groups I am member of, not many/any blogger seems to like it either).

    Kindly asking you to reconsider.

    Moderator Samuel Wood (Otto)

    (@otto42)

    WordPress.org Admin

    This does not add nofollow. The noopener and noreferrer are not at all the same thing, and have no SEO impact at all.

    The way you can tell that it has nothing to do with “nofollow” is because of the spelling. It’s not the same word. They have totally different meanings and do not affect each other at all.

    The nofollow keyword tells search engines to do certain things. The other two tell browser engines to do things with JavaScript. Not even close to the same thing. Don’t get them confused. Really, they’re not even close.

    jk2k5

    (@jk2k5)

    The problem isn’t nofollow (since it doesn’t do that). The problem is affiliate links. Amazon requires the referral information for affiliates. Stripping out that data violates their TOS. If they can’t see where the link/click came from, I don’t know how they can then attribute the visit and any sales correctly.

    It also seems to me that it would affect Google Analytics because the referring site information would be hidden. If I send traffic, nobody would be able to tell, and vice versa.

    Moderator Samuel Wood (Otto)

    (@otto42)

    WordPress.org Admin

    The problem is affiliate links. Amazon requires the referral information for affiliates. Stripping out that data violates their TOS. If they can’t see where the link/click came from, I don’t know how they can then attribute the visit and any sales correctly.

    Not sure where you’re getting that information, but you are incorrect.

    Amazon does not need referrer information to process affiliate links. When they give you an affiliate link, then it contains information in that link that is specific to your account. Somebody clicking that link is clicking that special link and explicitly telling them where they came from. A noreferrer in the rel won’t change that or indeed have any effect on Amazon whatsoever.

    Referrer data from the browser in header requests is inaccurate, misleading, and basically useless for pretty much all purposes. Nobody really relies on it, because it’s almost never accurate to start with. Privacy software, anti-virus software, even some ad blockers routinely prevent referrer information from being sent at all, to the point where there’s no point in advertisers and others to rely on it. So, they don’t. Haven’t for a long time.

    These tags are specifically a solution to a problem where links that open in a new window or tab can access the window or tab that opened them and potentially do malicious things. The noopener prevents that from happening in most browsers, and the noreferrer does the same thing in Firefox versions earlier than 52.

    If you want to turn it off, the method given previously in this thread will work. However, note that this is not considered to be a “solved” problem, and it is thus likely that future versions of WordPress will make this the default for all links. It’s not in core yet, but I believe that it eventually will be.

    d.

    (@pxlar8)

    Amazon does not need referrer information to process affiliate links. When they give you an affiliate link, then it contains information in that link that is specific to your account. Somebody clicking that link is clicking that special link and explicitly telling them where they came from. A noreferrer in the rel won’t change that or indeed have any effect on Amazon whatsoever.

    There are two parts to this. One is a code that is part of the special link. That identifies your affiliate account and allows for segmentation within your account. It identifies which account should get the credit for the referral, but it doesn’t identify where they came from–those links can technically be placed on any site anywhere because they’re simply a URL.

    But an important part of the Amazon TOS is that they are very strict on where those links are placed and they track that closely. If I was to place my affiliate link here, for example, and it generated referral sales, Amazon would send me a “please explain” at best or ban me at worst because I don’t own or control this site and it’s not listed among my allowed sites. It is also explicitly a violation of Amazon’s affiliate agreement to obscure the source of the links “such that we cannot reasonably determine the site or application from which a customer clicks through such Special Link to the Amazon Site.”

    • This reply was modified 4 years ago by d.. Reason: Edit: added direct link to source of quote
    Moderator Samuel Wood (Otto)

    (@otto42)

    WordPress.org Admin

    @pxlar8 they don’t track that. Really. I know this from personal experience. You can post your link anywhere you like. They only care about dishonest usage, which isn’t putting it on random sites.

    jeppeeke

    (@jeppeeke)

    They track it. Just ask them. If you post your link in an email and somebody buys from it, you get banned. It has happened to many. You cant put your link anywhere you want. People get banned for this all the time.

    Moderator Samuel Wood (Otto)

    (@otto42)

    WordPress.org Admin

    @jeppeeke That’s as may be, but they’re not going to ban you for having a rel=noreferrer in the links. Because that is silly.

    Regardless of this, instructions have already been provided to disable this feature if you want to do so. Continued discussion on affiliate link tracking and other such things is off-topic. So, I’m closing this thread.

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