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And what is the difference between rel="nofollow" and a nofollow meta tag on each page? Is it now also a bad idea to use
meta name="robots" content="noindex,nofollow"
I thought these were *good* practices even if some had tried to use it to sculpt PR. Surely it is still ok for non informational pages such as login pages, copyright notices, privacy info pages.
If we allow these listings to be indexed then google leaves lots of our city pages which are more important and indexes these listings. The same situations being discussed here [youtube.com...]
Note that the video from Matt Cutts is discussing internal duplication, rather than content that is duplicated across many domains.
I still feel it's best to let Google crawl and index all those URLs. But I'd also make darn sure that the navigational structure gives very clear signals as to what is the CORE content and what is more ephemeral -- especially if the ephemeral content is going to be a large number of URLs compared to the core.
Google can usually figure out what content is not worth much energy from it, and what is more important and typical for the site's main purpose. If they start to get it wrong, that's when I'd begin thinking about further steps.
If they start to get it wrong, that's when I'd begin thinking about further steps
Moreover As Robert mentioned if we put those listings in noindex then we can put their links in nofollow. Right?
Moreover these pages are so many in numbers that they exhaust all quota from gbot and our other important pages are left behind.
[edited by: Robert_Charlton at 1:50 am (utc) on Jul 20, 2010]
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But if we keep those listings in noindex, how can it harm the site?
I do not expect any help by getting these pages indexed. I am more concerned about any negative effect of these pages being in noindex and links to these pages in nofollow.
Would I be better off using noindex, follow because the spider come to the page and at least get out to the pages I want to rank via internal linking.
It seems the general opinion is noindex, follow pages do accumulate pagerank so I if I want stop PR from flowing from my primary pages to these pages I need to use the noindex, nofollow and live without the internal links from these pages that may be providing some internal linking boost.
my motive was to keep gbot away from those listing pages... I just used nonidex... I did something right
Can putting listing in noindex cause this minus fifty penalty?
While this thread has been going on, my indexed pages have gone up three times after putting those listings in noindex. And this is the third time i am seeing this happen.
We recently told G to nofollow these links because we spotted some in the index even through they were blocked in robots.txt