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Being followed by Robots?

Discussion in 'Website Design Forum:' started by lula, Jun 2, 2010.

  1. lula

    lula Senior Member

    Does telling robots to 'not follow' pages (other than the index page) affect search engine ranking? I'm suddenly worried... :confused:
    PS Sorry if this short question requires a lengthy answer...
  2. Greg

    Greg Active Member

    Hi Lula,

    Are you referring to using the rel="nofollow" link attribute?
    Or the META tag "noindex"?
  3. lula

    lula Senior Member

    Well I was advised to use <meta name="ROBOTS" content="NOFOLLOW" /> on the index page, and <META NAME="ROBOTS" CONTENT="NOINDEX,NOFOLLOW"> on all the others, supposedly so that ONLY the index page came up in Google etc's searches and looked nice and tidy (as opposed to it listing the site's other pages as well). I'm just wondering if I've been misinformed? Is there a better way to achieve this??
  4. Greg

    Greg Active Member

    So you're telling Robots to not follow any links from the homepage, and to not index inner pages and not follow links on inner pages.

    Sounds very strange to me! Why would you not want the content pages indexed too? You'd be missing out on the potential for long-tail traffic to the site by preventing indexing of the inner pages.

    Can you share the website URL out of interest?
    Oh, and in answer, I wouldn't recommend blocking all inner pages from being indexed, really can't see any advantage to doing so. Greg
  5. lula

    lula Senior Member

    The site I used it on is this one: The Charles Causley Trust

    I did it a couple of years ago and it was only my second ever website (the first being my own), so please forgive any elements of stupidity!

    As my background is in print, and I'm self (and taught in Dreamweaver I keep coming up against issues because there are BIG holes in my knowledge.

    I was trying to do the no follow thing because I'd noticed that lots of other sites only seemed to have their home page listed when you Googled them (like designforums appears once) whereas my site had all the pages listed and I thought (maybe wrongly!) that it looked a bit amateur...
  6. Greg

    Greg Active Member

    It all depends on the keyword you're searching, eg 'design forums' will just show once because of the competition, ie. lots of other sites have 'Design Forums' in their titles and META description, as well as links pointing to them.

    But for a very specific search then if one site looks to have a lot of relevant content/pages on that term then, and competition is low, chances are Google will display a few of them, if not all. I wouldn't say it looks ameteur, and aslong as the titles for pages are unique, along with relevant descriptions, it will look the opposite, professional, as the site will appear to be highly relevant and an authority on the topic :)
  7. lula

    lula Senior Member

    In that case I'm going to strip them all out!

    What would I do without you? ;)
  8. Greg

    Greg Active Member

    Good choice, and happy to help :)

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