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Twitter, sometime over the past week or so, has removed the nofollow attribute from its links. This is unusual for a number of reason, the largest is that Twitter had nofollowed links on its social network since 2008 on bio links and 2009 on all tweets. So why change it now?

I reported this news at Search Engine Land on Friday after Chris Silver Smith posted about it on Twitter saying “SEO folks, you might be interested to know that Twitter is apparently no longer using rel=”nofollow”. So, profiles, tweets, and other pages on Twitter may now contain followed links.”

Here is that tweet:

Truth is, I doubt Google will count these links, even if they are followed but hey, why did Twitter drop the nofollow from the links? I emailed Twitter on Friday but I have still not heard back yet from Twitter on this topic. I initially thought this was removed by a developer by mistake, not knowing what the nofollow was and just removing it when pushing a code update. But who knows.

The redirect itself is a weird one, and some are even seeing the nofollow, as Glenn Gabe pointed out:

It is just weird and Google also has not commented on this change – not that they need to.

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I wouldn’t run and start spamming Twitter with links, although Twitter is already super spammed already with links, even when nofollow links were there. So the nofollow didn’t really help that much reduce spam but can this lead to more link spam on Twitter?

This change by Twitter is just unusual and I do wonder if we will see the nofollow return soon.

Forum discussion at Twitter.



Source: www.seroundtable.com

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Twitter Resumes Nofollow Attributes To Links

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Twitter Resumes Nofollow Attributes To Links

A few weeks or so ago, Twitter removed nofollow attributes from its links. Well, it seems like now those nofollow link attributes were added back. Glenn Gabe spotted this on this past Friday, right before the long July 4th weekend.

Here is a screenshot from Glenn from Friday but yes, the nofollow are still on links at the time I wrote this post:

So there goes that link building strategy – joking if that was not obvious…

As I wrote when Twitter removed nofollows from the links, I said I doubt Google would count them anyway.

In any event, figured I’d report on this so you are all updated on the current state of links on Twitter. 🙂

Forum discussion at Twitter.

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Source: www.seroundtable.com

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