Posted by Neil Crosby on January 19, 2005 08:36 AM
This attribute will essentially state that the marked link is not necessarily approved by the owner of the page that it’s on, and it will not be followed by search engine bots, and it will not contribute to search engine results. Why is this good? Well, it should cut down on comment spam in blogs, for one thing. All that needs to happen is for the major blog service providers to give their support for automatically including the
rel='nofollow' attribute in any links in comments, and guess what? They have! What this means for workingwith.me.uk is that soon I’ll be able to take out some of the HTML munging code from my comments pages, which is something I’ve been wanting to be able to do for a while.
Oh yes, and adding the
rel='nofollow' attribute to your link tags will not stop your pages from validating.
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