I'd like some opinions on this, and I don't recall anyone ever bringing this situation up before, so at least if I've goofed, maybe someone else here can learn from it ...
Every product on my site goes to a third party cart - been doing it for years, and worth the hassle to me to not have to deal with maintenance/security issues.
So, each product essentially has coding something like this...
<form action="http://www.some-third-party-cart.com/somecart/cartthing.cgi" method=POST>
<input name=item value="cart55^MyProductNumber^My Description^9.95>
So, the question is - have I been SCREWING myself all of these years because these are being followed as links in the eyes of the search engines, bleeding off valuable pagerank/linkjuice/etc from virtually every page on my site?
I've tested putting rel=nofollow into that form line, and the cart still works fine. The question, however, is if the search engines will recognize it since it's stuck inside a 'form', and not a standard hyperlink?
Thoughts? Opinions? Hysterical Laughter?