[wp-trac] [WordPress Trac] #11691: Tag cloud widget: Add support for nofollow

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Sat Jan 2 15:26:33 UTC 2010

#11691: Tag cloud widget: Add support for nofollow
 Reporter:  trick77      |       Owner:            
     Type:  enhancement  |      Status:  new       
 Priority:  normal       |   Milestone:  Unassigned
Component:  General      |     Version:            
 Severity:  minor        |    Keywords:  has-patch 

Comment(by nacin):

 -1 to this.

 User reasons: Like the rest of core, the default widgets should have as
 few unnecessary options as possible. I don't think this option would or
 should be used enough (more on that in a moment) to be in core.

 Additionally, many bloggers will not know what nofollow is, simple as
 that. Nor should they need to learn it to decide whether their internal
 tag cloud should have nofollow links.

 SEO reasons: Unless I am missing something, adding nofollow to internal
 site links doesn't make much sense anyway. To elaborate, Google has
 changed how nofollow links are used to calculate pagerank.

 Passing more pagerank to other links on the page is the only reason I can
 think of as to why you'd want to do this. Previously, if you had 10 links
 with 5 nofollow, the other five links each got 20%. But now, the other
 five links each get 10% -- the nofollow links are counted, but the
 pagerank they would pass is not passed.

 This is something that should be left as a plugin. You can use
 {{{wp_rel_nofollow()}}} on the widget HTML which will add nofollow to all

 Suggesting wontfix.

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