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rel="noindex, nofollow" or rel="noindex nofollow" ?

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rel="noindex, nofollow" or rel="noindex nofollow" ? noname2011 8/6/11 6:00 AM
I have read the FAQs and checked for similar issues: YES
My site's URL (web address) is: Which is corcect ?
Description (including timeline of any changes made):

1. Which is corcect?

< a href="..." rel="noindex, nofollow" >...< /a >

or:

< a href="..." rel="noindex nofollow" >...< /a >

2. Does Google index the content in nofollow link?

< a href="..." rel="nofollow" >...< /a >
Re: rel="noindex, nofollow" or rel="noindex nofollow" ? MikeMFWDes 8/6/11 6:06 AM
I believe if you have "nofollow" anywhere in the rel attribute, Google will pick it up.

rel="nofollow" is the proper/accepted way to tell Google not to follow a link on a page.


Re: rel="noindex, nofollow" or rel="noindex nofollow" ? MikeMFWDes 8/6/11 6:11 AM


"2. Does Google index the content in nofollow link?"

That's dependent upon how the page being linked to is set up. Nofollow only means they won't follow the link, from the page it's linked from.

In order to make sure content isn't indexed, you'll need to have <meta name="robots" content="noindex"> in the document head of the page.


Re: rel="noindex, nofollow" or rel="noindex nofollow" ? wejonk 8/6/11 6:15 AM
Does Google index the content in nofollow link?

If that web page is accessible by Googlebot then yes. 

The noindex can be used as a meta tag to prevent search engines from indexing.
Re: rel="noindex, nofollow" or rel="noindex nofollow" ? noname2011 8/6/11 6:23 AM
So, which is correct multiple rel attribute in link?

rel="noindex, nofollow"   (with comma)
or:
rel="noindex nofollow"  (without comma)
Re: rel="noindex, nofollow" or rel="noindex nofollow" ? Ja-Si-Da 8/6/11 6:26 AM
Include the comma - although Google is likely to ignore the "noindex" - you're better off blocking pages in robots.txt if that's what you're after.

Using only nofollow is for external links.
Re: rel="noindex, nofollow" or rel="noindex nofollow" ? MikeMFWDes 8/6/11 7:37 AM
"So, which is correct multiple rel attribute in link?"

Neither.

You can't noindex a link. That would have to be defined on-page, in the meta data.
Re: rel="noindex, nofollow" or rel="noindex nofollow" ? cristina 8/6/11 8:30 AM
Yes, noindex in the rel attribute of a hyperlink tag does not do anything. If you want to use noindex use it in the meta robots tag in the element, with comma if you want to use nofollow as well, that would stop the page being indexed, and links it it will not be followed, see reference below.
Re: rel="noindex, nofollow" or rel="noindex nofollow" ? noname2011 8/7/11 10:35 AM
Thank you for helping me.