nofollow links for footer ?

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    nofollow links for footer ?


    Experts suggest footer links to be nofollow. nofollow suggests the Search Engine to not follow the individual link. In contrast the meta tag "nofollow" will guide the Search engine not to follow the entire page.

    How to nofollow link details same and Google too suggests that if the footer links (Terms of service and Privacy policy etc) is linked from every page of the website then it is better to nofollow the link in the footer. The benefit of adding nofollow link is that the Page rank of any page is not shared with too many webpages.

    Since the 3 column footer has about 13-15 links in them and the footer is at every page of the website, I added the rel="nofollow" in JAHAJEE section of footer. The FOLLOW section link were modified to have "rel=me nofollow" indicating the Search Engine Bots not to follow the link and additionally informing them that these link relate to the "Social Graph API" of my account. My modified 3 column footer for SEO purpose now looks like <div class='sec'>FOLLOW</div>
    <a href='' rel='me nofollow'><img src='/css/feed.png'> Subscribe</a><br/>
    <a href='/user/JAHAJEE/' rel='me nofollow'><img src='/css/JAHAJEE.jpg'> JAHAJEE</a><br/>
    <a href=''><img src='/css/twitter.gif' rel='me nofollow'> Twitter</a><br/>
    <div class="footer_div">
    <div class='sec'>JAHAJEE</div>
    <a href='/Testimonials/47.html' rel='nofollow'>Testimonial</a><br/>
    <a href='/Change-Log/46.html' rel='nofollow'>Change-log</a><br/>
    <a href='/j/terms-of-service/' rel='nofollow'>Terms of Service</a><br/>
    <a href='/j/privacy-policy/' rel='nofollow'>Privacy Policy</a><br/>
    <a href='/feedback/' rel='nofollow'>Contact Us</a><br/>
    <a href='/about/' rel='nofollow'>About Us</a>

    Additionally you can also nofollow a particular link by using robots.txt as below.User-agent: *
    Disallow: /j/terms-of-service/
    Disallow: /j/privacy-policy/
    Disallow: /feedback/

    I am deliberately leaving the "MOST VIEWED" section untouched as I want the Search engines to follow the links of such posts and even make them more popular.

    While I am not very sure right now that doing such a thing helps in Search Engine Optimisation (SEO), I think only time will tell..

    Rishi Kashyap | 7 years ago | EDIT | REPLY