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I have one page of links I do not want followed. I put in the following tag in the head:
<META name="robots" content="noindex,nofollow">
Unfortunately, Google and Fast seem not to obey it. I submited a bug report to Fast and the reply just came back that they would have their bot check my robots.txt again. They did not mention the issue I raised, which was the robots meta tag. I have altered my robots.txt, but the meta tag is supposed to work by itself, isn't it?
So, I figure this might be of interest to some here. I searched through the Fast forum to see if this issue had been mentioned, but I didn't see anything. Has anyone else noticed this behavior, or does their bot seem to behave appropriately on your site?
And also, does anyone see a flaw in the tag above?
I've not heard or seen that Fast should not honor the exclusion tags. Neither robots.txt nor meta name noindex.
At least that's what their FAQ says [fastsearch.com].
However they list the code for the meta tag with spaces between noindex and nofollow:
<META NAME="ROBOTS" CONTENT="NOINDEX, NOFOLLOW">
Could be the reason they still index your page?