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All Wikipedia links are now NOFOLLOW

Discussion in 'Google' started by MoveForward, Jan 20, 2007.

  1. #1
    Is it me or has Wikipedia just gone No Follow on external links. Strange thing is I'm only seeing this on certain pages like this one???
     
    MoveForward, Jan 20, 2007 IP
  2. giovanni

    giovanni Peon

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    #2
    Thats interesting actually, they dont want to link to everyone
     
    giovanni, Jan 20, 2007 IP
  3. ajsa52

    ajsa52 Well-Known Member

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    #3
    I've checked a couple of pages, and external links are normal (without nofollow),
    but for me using "nofollow" on external links is the logical step to reduce spam.
     
    ajsa52, Jan 20, 2007 IP
  4. Monty

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    #4
    There is nofollow on non english versions of Wikipedia.
     
    Monty, Jan 20, 2007 IP
  5. lorien1973

    lorien1973 Notable Member

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    #5
    I just checked a wiki page that I have a link on. Its gone nofollow too, along with all the other ones on the page too.
     
    lorien1973, Jan 20, 2007 IP
  6. giovanni

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    #6
    But people who need backlinks are losing them...:(
     
    giovanni, Jan 20, 2007 IP
  7. mdvaldosta

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  8. MoveForward

    MoveForward Active Member

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  9. Monty

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    #9
    Is this on en.wikipedia ? because I checked one of mine and it's still a "follow" link, as it used to be.


    This is the opposite.
     
    Monty, Jan 20, 2007 IP
  10. ruler22

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    #10
    Is this for sites that may have links in an article?
     
    ruler22, Jan 20, 2007 IP
  11. lorien1973

    lorien1973 Notable Member

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    #11
    Yep. Check the links on this page:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Three_wise_monkeys

    Edit. Weird. The nofollow is gone now. so confused.
     
    lorien1973, Jan 20, 2007 IP
  12. lkj

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    #12
    so probably they are testing it or applying for articles that get link spammed alot... people removing competition and so on... never ending story :)
     
    lkj, Jan 20, 2007 IP
  13. the wub

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    #13
    It was decided to switch on the nofollow attribute for all external links in the English Wikipedia. This has been an option for a while, and it was done now because of an influx of spam and talk of an SEO competition targeting Wikipedia. Whether it will stay this way for a while or indeed permanently, no one is really sure. If some links have not changed, I believe this is due to WP's caching system, and they will be nofollow soon.

    In any case, adding links to Wikipedia to promote websites is strongly discouraged. They will most likely be removed, and if continued you can be blocked from editing.

    Hope this helps to clarify.

    the wub - Wikipedia admin
     
    the wub, Jan 20, 2007 IP
  14. gford

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    #14
    I see no reason wiki shouldn't do this. There is no reason to have anything but nofollow as was just said, wiki isn't there to promote external sites and I am all for it even though I lose a few very valuable links!
     
    gford, Jan 20, 2007 IP
  15. fsmedia

    fsmedia Prominent Member

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    #15
    for all my wikipeida entries my links are not nofollowed, so I think it's just some of the pages
     
    fsmedia, Jan 20, 2007 IP
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    pelican Active Member

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    #16
    even if it is nofollow, if your link can stay in wiki, it will still bring nice traffic.
     
    pelican, Jan 20, 2007 IP
  17. Monty

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    oh my god . i want to believe my eyes . i have lost my strongest backlinks:(
     
    trichnosis, Jan 21, 2007 IP
  19. mr_dean

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    #19
    I understand that they have to do something to stop SPAM, but those are bad news to some webmasters. Wikipedia link used to be quite valuable.
     
    mr_dean, Jan 21, 2007 IP
  20. Pat Gael

    Pat Gael Banned

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    #20
    Really strange because it was no-follow all links since long months ago.
     
    Pat Gael, Jan 21, 2007 IP