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meta name="googlebot" content="noindex"

 6:20 am on Dec 3, 2011 (gmt 0)

I understand how the following meta-tag works:
<meta name="googlebot" content="noindex,follow">

My question is:
What happens when you leave off "follow" on the noindex meta-tag?

<meta name="googlebot" content="noindex">

Will it still follow links on the page or will it behave like you have "nofollow" on the page?




 6:58 am on Dec 3, 2011 (gmt 0)

"Follow" is the default behavior. If you omit the word, links on the page will still be followed.

Robert Charlton

 7:42 am on Dec 3, 2011 (gmt 0)

This reference is worth reading. It covers most of the basic questions about the robots meta tag that you'll encounter....

Using the robots meta tag
Official Google Webmaster Central Blog
http://googlewebmastercentral.blogspot.com/2007/03/using-robots-meta-tag.html [googlewebmastercentral.blogspot.com]


 3:16 pm on Dec 3, 2011 (gmt 0)

Just a heads up, there is no "Follow" directive for the Robots Meta Tag. There is no "Index" directive for the Robots Meta Tag. It is designed to prevent something from happening, not allow it.

Unnecessary Content Values
By default, Googlebot will index a page and follow links to it. So there's no need to tag pages with content values of INDEX or FOLLOW.


 1:50 am on Dec 4, 2011 (gmt 0)

Thanks for the answers and reference link.

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