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Does noindex/nofollow plus a Meta redirect stop link juice?



5:49 pm on Oct 12, 2011 (gmt 0)

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I posted this question on another thread but the conversation turned more toward diagnosing a penalty, rather then the redirect question: [webmasterworld.com...]

That being said, my question is this:

In trying to maintain direct to site traffic, but stopping what we suspect to be blackhat links that have caused a severe penalty, we are considering implementing the following:

Noindex,Nofollow and disallowed Robots.txt for the old domain.
Using a Meta Refresh Redirect to move the user and inform them of the domain name change.

In your opinion, will this stop the link juice (good and bad) from flowing from the old domain to the new domain?




6:59 pm on Oct 12, 2011 (gmt 0)

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I believe that all of these steps will prevent Google from maintaining link juice to your new site.


1:07 am on Oct 13, 2011 (gmt 0)

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If you add a robots <meta> tag to a page set to "noindex,nofollow", it will remove that page from the index and stop any flow of PageRank and other link factors. If you block a page in your robots.txt file that is already indexed, it will prevent Googlebot from crawling that page so it will also prevent Googlebot from ever seeing the robots <meta> tag. An indexed page that is blocked via robots.txt will likely fall out of the index over time, but it can take a good while since Google tends to retain pages. And as long as the page remains indexed, it will flow PageRank. So, if your goal is to block the flow of PageRank etc., it would be best to use the robots <meta> tag and NOT block the pages with robots.txt.


1:54 pm on Oct 13, 2011 (gmt 0)

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rainborick covers it pretty well. Don't forget that Google recently admitted they will still crawl a page that has a +1 button even if you block it with robots.txt.

There are also some other options you can do.

#1 - Use htaccess to block all traffic from Googlebot
#2 - Use htaccess to redirect the referrals from backlinks elsewhere.


2:59 pm on Oct 13, 2011 (gmt 0)

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As goodroi said, redirecting Googlebot traffic is also an option. This is the way you can do it with Apache and .htaccess:

RewriteEngine On
RewriteCond %{HTTP_USER_AGENT} ^.*Googlebot
RewriteRule ^.*$ http://newsite.com/ [R=301,L]


3:44 pm on Oct 13, 2011 (gmt 0)

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If the entire site is disallowed in robots.txt, I don't see a reason to prefer meta redirects compared to 301 or 302 redirects. Either way Googlebot shouldn't crawl it. If Googlebot does crawl (violating robots.txt) either way it would see the redirect.


3:04 pm on Oct 19, 2011 (gmt 0)

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Thanks guys, I'll let you know how it turns out

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