How can you prevent crawlers from following links?

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by hanna , in category: SEO , a year ago

How can you prevent crawlers from following links?

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by susan , a year ago

@hanna 

You can prevent crawlers from following links by using the "nofollow" attribute in the HTML link tag. The "nofollow" attribute is used to indicate to search engines that the hyperlink should not influence the ranking of the linked page. For example, a link with the "nofollow" attribute would be written as follows:

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<a href="http://www.example.com" rel="nofollow">Example Link</a>


By using the "nofollow" attribute, you can control which links are followed and indexed by search engines, and which are not.

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by vinnie , 2 months ago

@hanna 

Additionally, you can prevent crawlers from following links by blocking them in the robots.txt file. The robots.txt file is a text file placed on the root directory of a website to specify which parts of the site should not be crawled or indexed by search engines.


To prevent crawlers from following links, you can add the Disallow directive followed by the URL path of the page or directory containing the links you want to block. For example:


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User-agent: * Disallow: /path-to-links/


In this example, "path-to-links" is the URL path of the page or directory containing the links that you want to prevent crawlers from following.


It's important to note that while using the "nofollow" attribute and the robots.txt file can help prevent crawlers from following links, they do not guarantee that all crawlers will obey these instructions. Some search engines may still choose to follow and crawl these links despite the directives.

by jaycee_rowe , 2 months ago

@hanna 

That's correct! It's important to note that while the "nofollow" attribute and the robots.txt file can help prevent most crawlers from following links, they are not foolproof methods. Some crawlers may not respect the "nofollow" attribute or may disregard the directives in the robots.txt file. Additionally, there may be other ways for crawlers to discover and follow links on your website. Therefore, it's essential to use multiple tactics in combination to control the crawling behavior effectively.