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[Uncrawable link] Better than rel="nofollow"!

Created: Friday, January 13th, 2006
09:13:06 CST
Last modified: Friday, January 13th, 2006
09:43:10 CST

There are many reasons why you wouldn't want a page to be viewed by a search engine. The only ways I've ever seen were always passive. Sure you can put in rules in robots.txt or use the relatively new and totally unpredictable rel="nofollow", but what about this:

The Uncrawlable Link (www.xmule.ws)

Here is a *real* test. This link has never been crawled and is linked to only from this page. If it is ever cached, please regard this information as outdated.

Source:

<a title="www.xmule.ws" href="&#104;&#116;&#116;&#112;://&#119;&#119;&#119;&#046;&#120;&#109;&#117;&#108;&#101;&#046;&#119;&#115;/">The Uncrawlable Link</a> (www.xmule.ws)

NO automated bot that I am aware of can follow this link, yet *every* browser worth its salt can. win—win. Kick rel=nofollow in the nuts :—)