This news if for all the SEO enthusiasts out there. Here is a small SEO improvement but and important nonetheless.
But first a few terms for you to know (if not already)
- A "rel" is an HTML attribute that specifies the relationship between the current document and the linked document. This is used by Google for SEO purposes.
- UGC stand for User Generated Content
What we changed
We added the "ugc" value to the link rel for all newly content created by all end users (aka super users and registered users).
For example: <a href="http://www.communityexample.com/" rel="ugc">This is a nice community! </a>
This change will apply to topics and replies and basically make it visible to Google what content has been created by end users.
Why is this good for SEO?
Google recommends the following "We recommend marking user-generated content (UGC) links, such as comments and forum posts, with the
Identifying links created by end users can be useful in the case of spammers. Links containing" rel="ugc" will generally not be taken into account when calculating PageRank on the Google Search results page.
This won't prevent spam, but it will avoid problems with passing PageRank and deter spammers from targeting your site. By default, many sites automatically add this attribute to any posted comments.
More info from Google here
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