Tuesday, July 26, 2016

When And How The Nofollow Anchor Attribute Began






The nofollow attribute is a very popular attribute of the HTML anchor tag, which tells a web crawler not to crawl or follow the link the anchor tag is pointing to. And SEO expert have always stressed the need to always insert this attribute when linking to an external web content, so that you will not be unduly search result ranking credit to those content at the detriment of yours. But have you ever wondered how the Nofollow attribute come to be?


Well, when searching through the Internet's content one day, we stumble over an article/post on the Official Google Blog that discuss on that. The post was published on the 18th of January 2005 and it was entitled 'Preventing Comment Spam' here are some extract that relates to this topic.

"If you're a blogger (or a blog reader), you're painfully familiar with people who try to raise their own websites' search engine rankings by submitting linked blog comments like "Visit my discount pharmaceuticals site." This is called comment spam, we don't like it either, and we've been testing a new tag that blocks it. From now on, when Google sees the attribute (rel="nofollow") on hyperlinks, those links won't get any credit when we rank websites in our search results. This isn't a negative vote for the site where the comment was posted; it's just a way to make sure that spammers get no benefit from abusing public areas like blog comments, trackbacks, and referrer lists.
We hope the web software community will quickly adopt this attribute and we're pleased that a number of blog software makers have already signed on. . . We've also discussed this issue with colleagues at our fellow search engines and would like to thank MSN Search and Yahoo! for supporting this initiative. "

This implies that
  • The so popular nofollow attribute of the anchor tag was introduced to the web community on the 18th of January 2005 by the now internet giant GOOGLE.
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