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Why Google is following my links?

7:09 pm on Mar 2, 2009 (gmt 0)

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I've following links blocked in my robots.txt:
User-agent: *
Disallow: /tools/email.php
Disallow: /tools/print.php
Disallow: /tools/save.php
Disallow: /*?
Sitemap: http://www.example.com/sitemap.xml.gz

On each page email link is as follows:

<a href="/tools/email.php?aid=100" rel="nofollow">Email this page to a friend</a>

But log shows that Google and other search engines are still following the links. Am I doing something wrong here?


1:37 pm on Mar 3, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Your robots.txt should be blocking these urls:

It will allow Google to access a url like this:

Also please remember that rel="nofollow" was not intended to restrict robot access (even though it is called nofollow). Its purpose is to identify untrusted links to Google.


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