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Should I 'no follow' sitewide links in my footer?

1:31 pm on Feb 3, 2011 (gmt 0)

I just launched my ecommerce site and I am working on SEO and I was thinking it would be pointless to let pages like 'contact us', 'shipping policy', 'view cart', etc get indexed. So should I 'no follow' pages like those?

If so what pages should I leave as follow? From what I gather google likes to see a privacy policy. Are there other pages google likes to see that builds trust?

Also, is there a weight to links that could be effected when removing unnecessary pages?

2:34 pm on Feb 3, 2011 (gmt 0)

You shouldn't "no follow" anything.
4:57 am on Feb 4, 2011 (gmt 0)

GoogleWebmasterHelp [youtube.com...] says no.
12:36 pm on Feb 4, 2011 (gmt 0)

Thanks for the video link. I am going to keep it all natural.
11:02 am on Feb 7, 2011 (gmt 0)

WebmasterWorld Senior Member 10+ Year Member

Just out of curiosity - in what way do you think it would be "pointless" to have these pages indexed?
12:01 pm on Feb 7, 2011 (gmt 0)

My thinking was those extra superfluous pages would take away from my other important pages when it comes to ranking in the search engines and other things I am not familiar with. But, I am past that now. =)
9:30 am on Feb 8, 2011 (gmt 0)

WebmasterWorld Senior Member 10+ Year Member

Good - a couple of years ago there was a school of thought that agreed with your idea above; its been shown to be wrong. There's no benefit in putting a nofollow on internal links in the hopes of putting more weight on the other links on the page :)
2:03 pm on Feb 8, 2011 (gmt 0)

WebmasterWorld Senior Member 10+ Year Member

Another issue is pages that you don't want to show up in Google search results, forget the Page Rank issue.

Nofollow blocks the page but also declaring the page in robots.txt does the same. However, if you have thousands of dynamic links you don't want in the index, robots.txt may not be a practical method.

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