XF 1.2 Nofollow?


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Just looking for a bit of advice on this.

We've just had an email from a national newspaper's website saying:

While analyzing links pointing to our website we noted that your website includes potentially unnatural anchor text and links pointing back to certain pages on our website.

Unfortunately, search engines like Google now view these types of links as manipulative and are currently downgrading rankings for websites using this strategy. With that in mind, we’re asking you to please nofollow links OR, if a nofollow is unable to be put in place, we regretfully request you consider removing any links pointing to our website so we (and you) might avoid any possible ranking penalizations.
As far as I'm aware, all external links from XF are already nofollow, aren't they? Does that include links imported from VB?

(We're still on 1.2 if that affects the answer)



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Links posted by staff are never nofollow.
Is that literally anyone who shows up on the staff list? So admins, mods, etc?

That would probably account for some of it. I noticed a few addons that change this but any recommendations and any reason why we wouldn't want to make them all nofollow?

Chris D

XenForo developer
Staff member
It's an interesting issue.

I've never known a website have a problem with another website linking to their content before. Usually that's a good thing for them.

I believe it is anyone who is an actual moderator or administrator. I'm not 100% sure, but I think if a normal user is marked as staff then they remain as nofollow.

There is an add-on that allows you to set a whitelist of sites and otherwise change the nofollow value for certain users and groups. I have one that's more basic that won't do what you want. I think the other one might be by *******.