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Robots Follow Meta Tag
Will nofollow attribute override robots follow meta tag.
Hoegaarden



 
Msg#: 4463165 posted 10:57 pm on Jun 8, 2012 (gmt 0)

Hi Guys,

I got a question. I've come across a CMS system that uses Robots index,follow meta tag in the template file so the meta tag is present on all pages. If i assign nofollow attribute to links on pages will it override this meta tag?

 

g1smd

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Msg#: 4463165 posted 11:00 pm on Jun 8, 2012 (gmt 0)

I guess so.

The nofollow attribute applies per link.

You don't need follow or index in the metadata. Those are the defaults.

Hoegaarden



 
Msg#: 4463165 posted 11:23 pm on Jun 8, 2012 (gmt 0)

Thanks for your reply. Just to make sure though, if the meta tag for the robots is instructing them to index this page and follow all links on this page, will the nofollow attribute assigned on the actual links override it? I need first hand experience.

I'm sorry G1, i really appreciate your reply, but "I guess so" doesn't really do it for me.

lucy24

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Msg#: 4463165 posted 1:20 am on Jun 9, 2012 (gmt 0)

It may be the only answer you get unless someone else is using the same CMS and can pore over their logs for details. It simply isn't a normal meta tag: much like "inherit" or "default", it means "do exactly what you would have done if I hadn't said anything".

Option B: Can you remove the line from the template? It should have no overall effect, and it would save you from agonizing over potential conflicts.

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