gn_wendy - 2:35 pm on Aug 24, 2010 (gmt 0)
I recently read (though for the life of me I can't remember where) that the meta name="robots" tag is first-come first-serve.
The example given was something like:
<meta name="robots" content="noindex, nofollow">
<meta name="googelbot" content="index, follow">
What was pointed out was that since "robots" was before "googlebot", then googlebot ignored the second set of instructions and didn't index the content or follow the links on the page, as per the "robots" instruction.
Has this been confirmed? I have no reason to doubt it, but it is relevant for my real question.
A competitor has the following code on his page:
<meta name="robots" content="index, follow">
boring yet still relevant content with <a rel="nofollow" href="/directory/page/linked-text.html">linked text</a> and other text about widgets.
How would googlebot handle the linked text in the example above? There are conflicting arguments: FOLLOW and NOFOLLOW.
I make it a rule never to use the follow directive because it 1) seems stupid to tell a robot to do it's job and 2) seems to cause issues like this. However, I am trying to understand how this works.