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A recent Google Groups thread draws attention towards Google’s way of handling nofollow attributes in links. Way back Google posted an entry where they tried to clarify their nofollow attribute. However, the real picture is still not clear.

Adam Lasnik says:

> Does Google crawl a rel="NOFOLLOW" tagged link and not give it credit,
> or does it just stop at the link and not visit that page unless it’s found elsewhere?

Sometime back Matt Cutts also informed that Google does not crawl nofollow links

At a link level, you can add a nofollow tag on the granularity of individual links to prevent Googlebot from crawling individual links (you could also make the link redirect through a page that is forbidden by robots.txt). Bear in mind that if other pages link to a url, Googlebot may find the url through those other paths.

Search Engine Watch has a good post on it.

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Nav is the founder and CEO of PageTraffic, a premier search engine company known for its assured SEO service, web design and development, copywriting and full time SEO professionals.

Navneet has wide experience in natural search engine optimization, internet marketing and PPC campaigns. He is a prolific writer and his articles can be found in the "Best Articles" section of many websites and article banks. As a search engine analyst , he has over 9 years of experience and his knowledge is in application here. WebProNews Writer
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