Tag: rel=”no follow”, explained

There has been a lot of talk about the rel=”no follow” tag attribute within the technology community, and a bit at Spamroll as well. The rel=”no follow” tag is supposed to discourage comment/trackback spammers from attacking blogs, as the tag keeps search engines from following links which may affect page rankings. While it seems like a good idea, there has been some talk that this is the blogging community fixing the search engines’ problem. I don’t know if I agree on that point, but think it is an engaging topic for conversation, and very relevant, as it has been in implementation for a couple of months now.

To learn about the ins and outs of rel=”no follow”, see Google, Yahoo, MSN Unite On Support For Nofollow Attribute For Links.

For some interesting commentary on why it is not such a good idea, check out nofollow Backlash, from the Anti Spam Blog.

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