Does Google Index the Linked-to Page

According to an article on Wikipedia, Google won’t index a linked-to page from a nofollow link. So strictly speaking if a website isn’t indexed in Google and I make a comment on a nofollow blog that comment and nofollow link to my website shouldn’t cause my site to get indexed.

A week or so ago I decided to buy a new domain and hosting to go with it. I put up some decent content on the one and only page on the site, while I get the rest of the content sorted. I didn’t submit the site to Google Webmaster Tools or do anything with it or get any other links.

According to this article on Wikipedia and an old article that I quickly dug up here Google won’t index a page through the no follow attribute.

So when I posted a blog comment on a popular no follow blog and decided to enter the new website in the optional website textbox, a few days later the site was indexed in Google and Yahoo. The only link to the site is through the blog which Yahoo site explorer also shows up.

So I guess Google does indeed index no followed links.

8 Responses to “Does Google Index the Linked-to Page”

  1. PaulNo Gravatar Says:

    Hi Michael, as you’ve found – this myth is debunked. The only thing that happens with a no-follow is that pagerank doesn’t get passed.

    In other words the bot behaviour won’t take it into account when determining important pages.

    Many people (spammers) are still successfully ranking in Google using ONLY no-follow links from blogs etc.

  2. MichaelNo Gravatar Says:

    Hi Paul,

    Although there’s no PR passed, it’s a good way to get a site indexed quickly.

    I can’t imagine that you could rank for fairly competitive terms using just this one strategy.

  3. Jordan McClementsNo Gravatar Says:


    I see you are using rel=”nofollow” on this blog..

    I decided to take it off my blog.

    If a comment is spammy then I don’t publish it. If it is a quality comment then I think it is only fair that I share the wealth a wee bit ! ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. MichaelNo Gravatar Says:


    If a comment is from someone that I don’t know and poor then I tend not to approve it.

    The no follow attribute is the default that’s all. Maybe when I get a sec I’ll remove it.

  5. Jordan McClementsNo Gravatar Says:

    I installed the ‘Do Follow 4.0’ plugin for WordPress. It is dead simple, and works retrospectively as well i.e. all previous posts get the ‘nofollow’ removed…

  6. Paul AnthonyNo Gravatar Says:

    In my opinion, if you want to give link juice to someone who deserves it, do so in the article body.

    Opening up comments for follow, is a sure fire way to attract more comment spam, and to make it onto a dofollow list of blogs.

    Just my two cents. I’ve experimented with b4, and found it didn’t make a bit of difference to audience participation.

  7. Jordan McClementsNo Gravatar Says:

    There is no right answer to this one I guess. It is a debate that could go on for years (and probably will…)

  8. S BrowneNo Gravatar Says:

    Am I correct in thinking that if I have do follow links on my site, it will negatively affect my own rank? Or can you pass PR without losing any of your own?
    By the way, thanks for the interesting post / comments.

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