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Working on a post and need some help. Can someone think of a scenario where they would use the index, nofollow meta robots tag?

Thanks in advance.
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If you had a forum page or user generated content section on your site and wanted to avoid SPAM.

If you have a list of affiliates and links to their sites and don't want to break webmaster guidelines.

You're telling people you'll link to their site in exchange for a link on theirs and then add a nofollow to the links page just to be sneaky. (Joking).
 
Thanks +Chris Butterworth .

Wouldn't you use a blanket rel=nofollow on all links instead in those scenarios? Some dudes are convinced that <meta name="robots" content="index,nofollow" /> passes PR.
 
Yeah, nofollowing content areas containing links would be more appropriate, but my suggestions would be the lazy way of doing it. 

I don't think nofollow passes value, but I believe nofollow links do make up part of an organic looking profile. Quite a few of the organic links for my own site have come from forum posts which are nofollow. I think they have value, but don't pass value. 

That doesn't really help you does it?
 
You'd want to be cautious about using meta robots nofollow in general, remembering that it applies nofollow to all links - even internal links.

Recall that people used to PageRank sculpt by applying nofollow to internal links, knowing that every link they nofollowed - the PageRank for every other link on the page increased a little bit. Subsequently Google changed how that worked and no nofollow links evaporate PageRank, hence the problem for applying nofollow within your own site either on a page or a per link level.

In general I'd only apply meta robots nofollow on a page with a lot of outbound links where I don't care if I'd lose the PageRank flowing from the internal links on that page to other parts of the site.
 
Document submission where a certain directory can contain any number of documents for which content and quality you cannot vouch.
 
+Jason Mun I would refrain from using that meta tag at all if it's about a normal website page (if it's a repository as +Dan Petrovic said, then you might use it): I would instead create a script to apply the rel=nofollow tag to each newly created external links (that's related to blog comments) or applying it manually through the content only to external links. As +Alistair Lattimore said above, it's likely that you gonna shot yourself in the foot trying to sculpt PR. 
 
i would say thin content or internal pages like t&c or privacy page that have sitewide links...
 
We have clients names/projects in our web design portfolio on our website, and sometimes clients request that their results don't show in Google
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