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Be aware of rel="nofollow" for links
Posted by Ouali Rezouali on 12 December 2012 03:06 PM


Be aware of rel="nofollow" for links


Combat comment spam with "nofollow"


Setting the value of the "rel" attribute of a link to "nofollow" will tell Google that certain links on your site shouldn't be followed or pass your page's reputation to the pages linked to. Nofollowing a link is adding rel="nofollow" inside of the link's anchor tag (1).


When would this be useful? If your site has a blog with public commenting turned on, links within those comments could pass your reputation to pages that you may not be comfortable vouching for. Blog comment areas on pages are highly susceptible to comment spam (2).  Nofollowing these user-added links ensures that you're not giving your page's hard-earned reputation to a spammy site.



Automatically add "nofollow" to comment columns and message boards


Many blogging software packages automatically nofollow user comments, but those that don't can most likely be manually edited to do this. This advice also goes for other areas of your site that may involve user-generated content, such as guestbooks, forums, shoutboards, referrer listings, etc. If you're willing to vouch for links added by third parties (e.g. if a commenter is trusted on your site), then there's no need to use nofollow on links; however, linking to sites that Google considers spammy can affect the reputation of your own site. The Webmaster Help Center has more tips on avoiding comment spam, like using CAPTCHAs and turning on comment moderation (3).



About using "nofollow" for individual contents, whole pages, etc.


Another use of nofollow is when you're writing content and wish to reference a website, but don't want to pass your reputation on to it. For example, imagine that you're writing a blog post on the topic of comment spamming and you want to call out a site that recently comment spammed your blog. You want to warn others of the site, so you include the link to it in your content; however, you certainly don't want to give the site some of your reputation from your link. This would be a good time to use nofollow.


Lastly, if you're interested in nofollowing all of the links on a page, you can use "nofollow" in your robots meta tag, which is placed inside the
<head> tag of that page's HTML (4). The Webmaster Central Blog provides a helpful post on using the robots meta tag. This method is
written as <meta name="robots" content="nofollow">.




Your Cabanova Website,rel="nofollow" for links and User Generated Content


The rel="nofollow" attribute can't be applied for links at the Cabanova Sitebuilder level.

User generated Content on your Website (Guestbook and Contact Form) is spam-fight friendly.

A Spam Filter within our server filters submitted contact forms before delivering them the site owner email address.

Regarding the Guestbook, the posts can be fully controled and won't be published prior to your approval.

To set the Guestbook to display new entries only after your approval, please follow these instructions:

- From the ‘Site Structure’ menu, select the Webpage which contains the Guestbook [a]

- Left-click on the Guestbook [b] to edit it then click on ‘Settings’ [c] at the ‘Format’ menu level



- Uncheck the box ‘Show all new guestbook entries automatically’ [a] and hit ‘Save’ [b ]



No need to republish your Website, the changes are effective immediately after hitting the ‘Save’ button at the Guestbook Settings level.

When there is a new entry added to the Guestbook, you’ll get automatically an email notification on the email address the Guestbook is setup with and you can approve or delete it as follows:

- Edit your Website and select the Webpage containing the Guestbook from the ‘Site Structure’ menu [a]

- At a pending entry section level, click on ‘Approve’ [b] if you wish to approve it or on ‘x’ [c] to delete it



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