What does no-follow mean?
I have seen this term mentioned several times. I'm wondering what does that exactly mean. If a Hub is considered no-follow, what is that and why?
A short answer is that it stops some search engines from following the link and disallows any passing of "linkjuice" to the other website or page.
Wikipedia has a good definition of nofollow - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nofollow
It is meant to "instruct some search engines that a hyperlink should not influence the link target's ranking in the search engine's index. It is intended to reduce the effectiveness of certain types of search engine spam, thereby improving the quality of search engine results and preventing spamdexing from occurring."
A link that is labeled "no follow" means that an coding attribute had been coded into the HTML code which constructs that link. The effect of which is that search engine will not use that link in it overall scheme/algorithm for determining the search engine rankings of the pages in its search results.
It is a bit technical. If you are not into SEO (search engine optimization) and web search engine algorithm and if you do not code HTML, you don't need to worry about it too much.
It do not have anything to do with weather the Hub is good or bad, and it is not a penalty or anything like that. It does not affect your Hub article score or anything else.
Basically, whether it is "no follow" or not doesn't have much consequences -- unless you are and SEO consultant or web developer trying to game or equalize the system in page ranks, etc.
It is something hidden from everyone and not talked about enough. Basically it is a deception to get people's content and not reward them for it.
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