Thursday, 20 January 2005

Don't follow me

This new rel="nofollow" link tag introduced by Google to prevent comment spam is a great idea - and not just for preventing comment spam. As Robert Scoble notes, as a blogger I now have a way to link to things without increasing their Google rank - useful when I want to cite something egregious, pathetic, or otherwise despicable. Amazing how Google got all the major blogging firms to cooperate, not just its own Blogger but also Six Apart, WordPress, MSN Spaces, and the lot. Now will the other search engines (MSN, Yahoo! etc) respect "nofollow"?

Edit: yup, according to the MSN Search and Yahoo! Search blogs, they will. I didn't know all search teams had blogs.

Edit again: what's to prevent people using "nofollow" to avoid 'leaking' out Google PageRank?




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