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Matt Cutts video - Google knows about Nofollowed Links

4:45 pm on Mar 24, 2009 (gmt 0)

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In his last video on Youtube, Matt Cutts tells on minute 2:34 that Google shows some random links when you use the link: operator. According to him:

"...stuff that is nofollow, stuff that is follow, stuff that we believe a lot..."

But according to him, in many posts and videos, he tells that Google does not count nofollowed links. Plus, Google Webmaster Help tells the same think:


"How does Google handle nofollowed links?

We don't follow them. This means that Google does not transfer PageRank or anchor text across these links. Essentially, using nofollow causes us to drop the target links from our overall graph of the web."

So what you think? Does Google count or not nofollowed links?

10:50 pm on Mar 24, 2009 (gmt 0)

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  1. Google knows that nofollowed links exist because they spider and cache the page.
  2. Those links don't pass PR, anchor text, or any other kind of link juice.

The links are not erased from the Google cache or anything like that. But they are not put into the webgraph that Google uses for calculating PageRank, relevance, rankings etc.

"Nofollow" is a strange name for this attribute and it may be confusing at times; a lot of people have commented on that ever since it was first introduced.

11:52 pm on Mar 24, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Yeah, nofollow seems like something a foreigner would say. :/ No comprehende, senor.

Didn't Cutts also say Google is open to a nuanced version of nofollow if wikipedia could come up with one?


9:01 pm on Mar 25, 2009 (gmt 0)

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the target pages may still appear in our index if other sites link to them without using nofollow, or if the URLs are submitted to Google in a Sitemap.

now the question is will nofollow'd pages receive PageRank and anchor text if they are in the index due to a 3rd party 'dofollow' link or sitemap inclusion?