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Does Google Count rel=nofollow links?

Originally Published: May 29, 2007

What is the rel=nofollow attribute?

Links with the nofollow attribute don't count. Or do they?

Does this mean that that Google counts nofollow links?

  • The search term "piderman 3" appears on the page as part of "SpiderMan 3". That means that the page can also rank because of the words on the page. As the article was posted on a blog page, the word also appears in the website navigation links on the site.

  • Google does not only search for the direct keyword occurrences on the page and in link texts. Google also searches for misspelled versions of the words and related keywords.

    If you search for "piderman 3" on Google then Google will ask you "Did you mean Spiderman 3?" so they know the correct term that you were looking for.
Editor's Note: For an update on Google and the nofollow tag, see: Pagerank Sculpting: Does Page Rank Sculpting Still Help You Get Higher Google Rankings?

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