I recently learnt an important1 lesson, and I thught I would share my experience since I couldn’t get any help from Google.
I’m sure you’ve heard the words “nofollow”, “dofollow” and so on.. but until recently, I didn’t realise it was possible to turn every link on your blog into a “nofollow” link. Because I don’t like to assume that everyone knows the same things I know2, I just want to quickly explain what this nofollow business is about.
“nofollow” is an attribute3 of the relationship4 tag in link html tag5. I think it was introduced by google. I do know that it was meant to combat comment spam, because when someone makes a comment on your blog your page rank can get shared with their blog/website and increase their own page rank. But with the nofollow attribute, the SE6 bots, don’t detect those links.
The SEO Smart Links plugin, allows you to set a nofollow attribute as well as open links in a new window. I had missed the keywords ‘allows you to set a nofollow attribute’ when I was reading about the plugin and installed it on my blog. It added the nofollow attribute to all my links. Every single link I placed in my blog and had in old blog posts were turned into nofollow links.
It wasn’t until I liked to Turnip @ Turnip of Power | Social Networking that I even knew there was a problem. With Stuart @ Secluded Habitat’s help, I was able to figure out that it was this plugin that was causing all the hassle7.
Now, there might be some use for adding the nofollow attribute to all links on your blog… but I imagine that would be if you have a high PR. But I don’t, so I don’t have a high PR and I don’t even care about sharing PR juice so I’m glad it’s all sorted out.
At first, I deactivated the plugin all together but once it was confirmed that the SEO Smart Links plugin was the culprit I reactivated it and went ito my options. And sure enough, there was a little check in the box beside the option to “Add nofollow attribute”. So either I was hasty when installing the plugin and missed it in the options page, or I completely forgot to read the options page. It is most likely the former because I also have the Show Me Options plugin installed8.
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