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Thread: When should I use no-follow on internal Links?

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    When should I use no-follow on internal Links?

    I often saw, that serveral websites put no-follow on some internal links.

    For example:

    Letīs take a submenu with articles:

    Articles
    - one (http://xyz.com/one.html - Linked without no-follow)
    - two (http://xyz.com/two.html - Linked without no-follow)
    - three (http://xyz.com/three.html - Linked without no-follow)
    .
    .
    .

    Now, there is a spot with new articles on the website:
    Recent Articles:

    One (http://xyz.com/one.html - Linked with no-follow)
    Two (http://xyz.com/two.html - Linked with no-follow)

    Should I always keep it that way?

    Should every link to a site just appear one time visible to google? (i donīt mean duplicate content! Just duplicate links to the same page from different sections on the site!).

    Could it be, that google perhaps donīt like it, to follow the same link to the same page over and over?


    Thanks for any answers,
    Marc aka Morricone
    Indonesien von A-Z
    http://indonesia-portal.de

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    Re: When should I use no-follow on internal Links?

    No follow should be used on a lot of links like affiliate links, log in, search functions and so on if it is logical, if you want pages to be indexed they should be followed, if not use no follow.

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    Re: When should I use no-follow on internal Links?

    Hi Mark,

    The purpose of no-follow for internal linking is to steer link juice the way you want/need it. So, if for example you want to push a specific page, don't use no-follow on the links to that page and viceversa; if a page like sitemap or contact is not important but still has a link present in all the pages, do use no-follow to preserve link juice for other links.

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    Re: When should I use no-follow on internal Links?

    We used Nofollow tag on our internal links for many reasons, like we don't want to crawl important page on our site...

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    Re: When should I use no-follow on internal Links?

    Marc take the advice of AVC.
    John S. Britsios, Forensic SEO & Social Semantic Web Consultant | SEO Workers | Webnauts Net

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    Re: When should I use no-follow on internal Links?

    Quote Originally Posted by AVC View Post
    No follow should be used on a lot of links like affiliate links, log in, search functions and so on if it is logical, if you want pages to be indexed they should be followed, if not use no follow.
    Are you sure that you don't change the link so you don't get commision? The same applies to code from Affiliate providers that are not valid, not even well-formed.

    A tiny change may be to your disadvantage.
    1. The URL redirects you to the correct site.
    2. But it may not track your affiliate Id correctly.
    A computer (program) is plain stupid. It does exactly what it is told to do. Read about the concequences of a, comma error:
    http://www.webproworld.com/internet-...tml#post310926

    Syntax, sematics, imperatives and pragmatics etc. are all important in computer programs. You must decide what is most important in different situations, e.g. valid code or valid tracking. I prefer valid tracking.

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    Re: When should I use no-follow on internal Links?

    Use no-follow particularly for affiliate links and for other sites that you do want to give the link juice.

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    Re: When should I use no-follow on internal Links?

    Quote Originally Posted by kgun View Post
    Are you sure that you don't change the link so you don't get commission? The same applies to code from Affiliate providers that are not valid, not even well-formed.

    A tiny change may be to your disadvantage.
    1. The URL redirects you to the correct site.
    2. But it may not track your affiliate Id correctly.
    A computer (program) is plain stupid. It does exactly what it is told to do. Read about the consequences of a, comma error:
    http://www.webproworld.com/internet-...tml#post310926

    Syntax, sematics, imperatives and pragmatics etc. are all important in computer programs. You must decide what is most important in different situations, e.g. valid code or valid tracking. I prefer valid tracking.
    You can tell if you are getting credit for the link by looking at your stats for the affiliate program, one reason to no follow affiliate links is the fact that Google might penalize pages that have a ton of affiliate links that are followed or those that are not using redirects.


    I'm not an expert on the topic, but there are some great tools and articles out there on how to run affiliate links properly so you are not penalized by the search engines.

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    Re: When should I use no-follow on internal Links?

    I don't know why everybody talks about affiliate links and other sites that you do want to give the link juice ...

    The OP stated quite clearly: INTERNAL LINKS. Using no follow on internal links.

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    Re: When should I use no-follow on internal Links?

    It is interesting to see how the rel=”nofollow” attribute has been used and by whom since it was introduced.

    Wordpress has the nofollow attribute as default on installation. (sidenote: Should you not reward those who put the time into commenting on your blog?)
    Wikipedia has nofollow attributes on external links.
    Many forums also have nofollow attributes set for signature links.
    All of this to mainly combat spammers of course.

    As far as I know Yahoo will still follow and even put the page in its index, even if it has this attribute.

    Spammers aside, the no follow should keep more PR on that particular page. (if you care about such things).

    I am wondering if using a noindex, nofollow attribute combination on pages such as logins etc. would be the way to go. The noindex seems to be a bit better supported, although last time I checked Yahoo was again the odd ball out.

    Now what about this, you have links in your sidebar, and those links again in your footer. Would putting nofollow attributes in your footer links cause any problems?

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