Google Crawling Unlinked URLs; How About Nofollowed URLs

Sep 16, 2013 • 8:21 am | comments (11) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Google Search Engine Optimization

googlebot nofollowThis is more of a theoretical question... So last week we covered how Google will use unlinked URLs for discovery. I.e. If I list out a url, like, Google will pick it up as a URL for discovery purposes but not pass any PageRank.

This got me thinking while writing the QR codes URLs article...

What about links with nofollow. If Google stripes out the link part, would they pick up the URL part and use it for discovery?

Google's nofollow FAQ said that Google won't pass PageRank or trust from a page that links to another page using the nofollow attribute. Google goes further to say they won't even use it for discovering new content and they said, "Essentially, using nofollow causes us to drop the target links from our overall graph of the web."

So if they drop the target link from the graph, and they are just left with the citation without the link part, would they use the citation for discoverability?

According to this help document, it seems not - but maybe this is a corner case?

Forum discussion at Google+.

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Sunny Ujjawal

09/16/2013 12:28 pm

Google count nofollow in backlinks, website is having PR is one proof: Discussion:


09/16/2013 01:57 pm

This has been duscussed at webmasterworld before (2010):


09/16/2013 03:16 pm

You might want to actually read the discussion you link to, it clearly shows the sites have lots of other links which are giving it the PR, not the nofollow links. Please stop spreading ignorance if you don't know what you are talking about. Its how silly myths get started.


09/16/2013 03:52 pm

google don't know what they want. link is not link, they not need nofollow links, but need private links, they will index your email address and display to everybody, etc. They love only private information & they not like any links (including good & natural).

Lord of SEO

09/16/2013 06:13 pm

dofollow, nofollow, sheep sheep ba Google, sheep sheep sheep.

Durant Imboden

09/17/2013 01:54 am

Google is certainly aware of "nofollowed" links, and such links are listed in Webmaster Tools, so who knows?

Soni Sharma

09/17/2013 06:52 am

Yes they may use it for citation.But I think they are not using it for now.

Editorial Guy

09/17/2013 10:09 am

Great point, Google knows. I seem to always agree with Durant Imboden


09/17/2013 10:27 am

Even, Google will not give priority to High paid PR sire PRWEB which proveds nofollow links only now. If you request PRWEB for DoFollow they declined.


09/17/2013 12:50 pm

nofoolw according to last Mozscape only 2.45 of links were not follow so it's not a great deal


09/19/2013 03:03 am

If a link is no-follow why border with it?

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