By default, all user submitted links will have a nofollow attribute added to deter inappropriate or potentially damaging behaviour. This includes all links on user profiles, as robots.txtignores all profile information.
However, there are exceptions that can be managed by admins to improve the relevance of certain links to your site and your trusted users.
Staff posts - as the setting suggests, this setting applies to users. Staff are presumed to act in the interests of the site, or to share relevant links that benefit the community, so their links are followed.
Trust Level 3 users - regular users who have gained TL3 status can benefit from having links followed to reward them for engagement and time invested. Like staff, they are presumed to act in the interests of the site. This setting can be disabled.
Whitelisted domains (and subdomains) - admins can whitelist the domains they wish to associate with their site, and should include the domain of their own site.
Go to Admin Settings / Spam
by default, the add rel nofollow to user content is checked
This setting allows internal links, and links to content on the same site but outside of Discourse, to be followed. This increases the visibility of relevant and useful content, and increases the relationship between the sites.
You can use this setting to also allow links to related and trusted sites, but note that there can be SEO penalties applied for excessive numbers of links.
Enter the most appropriate parent domain (example.com) as this will also whitelist all subdomains (sub.example.com).
Tip: when including a site on a popular domain, include only the specific subdomain (e.g. myblog.wordpress.com) to avoid whitelisting all other subdomains.
Nope. The term ”link juice” is quite yesterday but SEO-value comes from totally different metrics. Nofollow doesn’t mean anything there either. If googlebot follows that link it is counted, no matter if there is nofollow or not.
There is only one solution: don’t link — and that kind tool is missing now: deleting links automatically when nofollow is really wanted.
This is same situation (but different story) than when webmasters still believe H-tags has something to do with SEO
Now I have to ask… can you? Any of those links don’t tell what you claimed. You can start googling googlebot+nofollow.
You are now asking if I’m willing to open basics how ranking works. Sorry — for you asking that took around one minute and now I should spend something like 12 hours to explain that to you. That is not… very balanced request.
But if you aren’t willing to search & learn by yourself you can re-read those resources — that one where is words still and signal is good starting point. And yet you have to understand when googlebot follow AND not follow request named nofollow.
Right. I think understand what you’re trying to imply, but the misinformation you’re spreading is downright dangerous advice. Let me take the time to explain my claims. There might be a communication break down here and I’m assuming that you are claiming that “nofollow” is altogether meaningless.
Why do you care what Google indexes outside of your domains? If you care about your own pages not being indexed, use the robots meta tag and robots.txt. Do not solely rely on robots.txt as displayed here.
Nofollow is not useless or meaningless. It is a selfish policy that retains pagerank.(Google founder whitepaper) Pagerank being the original ranking factor may not be prominent today, but do not state qualifying links with nofollow are meaningless. That is dangerous, misleading, and lazy with that blanket statement.
I agree that “link juice” is outdated and industry jargon but pagerank still is a key ranking factor. See Ahref’s blog post on pagerank. Again, who cares what Google follows, as long as you have control of endorsement and association.
Again, who cares what Google follows, as long as you have control of endorsement and association. See top of post for noindex.
These are basic concepts, I laid them out for you. You may be a webmaster but digital marketing is my day job. SEO is part of my daily puzzle.