Nofolow on tag clouds

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  1. johnr54 profile image48
    johnr54posted 10 years ago

    I was looking at several hubbers profiles and I've noticed that for even those with high ratings, that if there is a large number of tags in their tag cloud that many of the smaller ones are nofollowed.

    Is there some kind of limit to the number of tags that are followed?  Is this to prevent tagging spam or is there another issue?

    I've looked around the forums but I can't find this answered.

  2. WeddingConsultant profile image66
    WeddingConsultantposted 10 years ago

    John, did you mean to say no-follow links instead of no-follow tags?

  3. Mark Knowles profile image59
    Mark Knowlesposted 10 years ago

    How can you dofollow or nofollow a tag? It's not a link to anywhere.

  4. pauldeeds profile imageSTAFF
    pauldeedsposted 10 years ago

    We wanted to pass more of the page rank to the hubs listed on the profile page rather than through to the author tag pages.  That was our reasoning anyway.  I believe we nofollow about half of the tag cloud links with the less used tags more likely to be nofollowed.

  5. gamergirl profile image61
    gamergirlposted 10 years ago

    I don't see why they would on tagclouds, but every tag I've hovered over so far on my own profile has linked to a hot hubs page for my hubs in that tag.


  6. Mark Knowles profile image59
    Mark Knowlesposted 10 years ago

    That's interesting. So all the tags in my tag cloud are linked to my hubs and pass page rank if they are dofollow?

  7. johnr54 profile image48
    johnr54posted 10 years ago


    I suggest you get a copy of Search Status from

    and you can see for yourself what's followed around HP and what isn't

    Your tag clouds are just a link to the page with the hubs you have tagged that way, and they can not only pass page rank but link reputation as well.  In fact as near as I can tell that's how the majority of your hubs get PR from your profile page, since most of them don't show up in the right hand menu.

    So if you only tag a hub with a tag that ends up as nofollowed then it gets no PR from you profile.  Hence my curiosity on how many end up getting followed, and if fewer tags are better.

    1. pauldeeds profile imageSTAFF
      pauldeedsposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      I'm not really sure that it's better, but that's the way it has been for a long time and I don't see any compelling reason to change it.  HubPages does seem to do fairly well with search engines.

  8. Mark Knowles profile image59
    Mark Knowlesposted 10 years ago

    Interesting, thanks. I had never really thought about it until you bought it up.

    You learn something everyday smile

  9. johnr54 profile image48
    johnr54posted 10 years ago


    Thanks for the reply.  I wasn't lobbying for a change, just trying to understand the ground rules.  Thanks for your help.



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