WordPress tag links and tag clouds. To use or not to use. The debate continues. Most SEO guys are of the opinion that the probability of being penalized by Google increases when wordpress tag clouds are added to a blog/site.
Here’s what Google’s Matt Cutts has to say about the use of tags and tag clouds.
Personally I need my tags as I don’t have time to set keywords for each and every blog post so I rely on All In One SEO to turn my tags into keywords.
In other to keep the Big G happy, I decided to look for a way of adding the nofollow attribute to ALL my tag links including those within a cloud and I stumbled on Kaf Oseo’s Nofollow Tag Cloud.
By default, this little plug-in inserts rel=’nofollow’ in links generated by wp_tag_cloud() ONLY! If you’d like to apply the nofollow attribute to tags appearing within your posts too, you’d have to edit the plug-in as shown below.
Remove // from line 22 circled in red above so that it looks like this:
Save the plug-in, upload it to your wordpress plug-in folder and activate it via your wordpress dashboard and you’re done.
Here’s a direct download link to the plug-in: Nofollow Tag Cloud.
NOTE: In the event that your browser downloads the file with a .htm extension, you’ll have to rename that to .php
HOW TO ADD THE NOFOLLOW ATTRIBUTE TO WORDPRESS’ READ MORE LINK
The Read More link that appears on the front page of a wordpress blog or its’ archives page has no SEO benefit at all and as such should be nofollowed. It’s kinda crazy to rank for "Read the rest of this entry" :-D.
Using the Custom More Link plug-in by Michael Weingaertner, you can add the nofollow attribute to the read more link while @ the same time removing the #-number anchor that is added to the read more link by default.
Below is the simple plug-in setup.
Here’s the code : <a href="%permalink%" rel="nofollow">%linktext%</a>
With nofollow in place on my tags and tag cloud, I can now use tags freely without stressing myself about the chances of getting penalized by Google ;-).
This post was made possible by Malanciault’s Adding the nofollow attribute in WordPress Tag Cloud and tag links and HellBoundBlogger’s Avoid Using Tag Clouds On Your Blog – Matt Cutts.
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