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They have added rel="no follow" to the links, rather than rel="nofollow"
I'm wondering whether Google is likely to obey it, despite the typo.
Anybody any experience with this?
Q: Will Google recognize the 'nofollow' keyword when it's part of a space separated list? According to the HTML spec, the value of the 'rel' attribute is a space separated list of link types.
A: Absolutely. We'll practice the "be liberal in what you accept" philosophy, which means recognizing spaces, commas and, in fact, most punctuation. But we strongly recommend using spaces as separators to follow the specification.
I'd say there IS a chance, but just a chance, that Google will treat this as "nofollow" without the space. I seem to remember a post from a Google employee soon after the attribute was introduced discussing this exact syntax error.
I would assume that you are better off if the nofollow is NOT obeyed and you get some link juice and PR here, right?
The microformat is explicitly defined as rel="nofollow". I would not count on other rel-attributes having the same effect, even if they look similar at first glance.
I'll have to check whether we flow PageRank through links specified with a space such as "no follow". You can bet that we'll run a test and consider adding support for it. We often add support for when webmasters appear to mess up their meta tags or robots.txt, but we think the intent is pretty clear. The idea is to help webmasters achieve their goals, not be nitpicky about syntax.
[edited by: Robert_Charlton at 5:40 pm (utc) on Mar. 13, 2009]
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