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1. nofollow is No Good!

Eat Drink Sleep MT, News, 24 KB, 1461 words

This morning I saw a flurry of new information from many sources about this thing called rel="nofollow" which is supposed to help stop comment spamming. Read about it's interaction with Movable Type at Six Log, Movable Type, and the Six Apart Professional Network, and a little more generic info is at Google.

Either I don't fully understand what nofollow is supposed to do, or it really is a dumb idea. I'm confident it's the latter.

Well, ok, those who implement nofollow will definitely help in not raising a spammer's Google PageRank. But that's the only benefit. As has been pointed out, a legitimate commenter's link won't count...

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2. Introduction to Nofollow

Six Apart ProNet Weblog, News, 45 KB, 3949 words

As we've just announced, we'll be supporting the new rel="nofollow" attribute for comment and TrackBack links with our platforms.

With the introduction of the new spec, it's worth reviewing the initiative for Professional Network members who'd like an overview of the entire effort. • What is nofollow?

The HTML specification allows a tags for hyperlinks to include a rel attribute. This attribute is used to specify a link type describing the relationship between the document hosting the hyperlink and the document that is the target of the hyperlink. • Is this valid HTML?

Yup. Though the rel attribute has been relatively obscure (it's used in XFN and Technorati's tags, but...

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3. Nofollow

Six Apart User Manual, Manuals, 25 KB, 818 words

Nofollow

The nofollow plugin is intended to help search engines understand which portions of your page are written by you and which are written by other people. The important element of this content is the hyperlink.

Many search engines use links between sites to understand how they relate. Comment/TrackBack spammers looking for higher placement in search engine rankings seek to exploit this heuristic in order to make their sites more relevant by linking to them from blogs.

By marking which links are part of your site versus part of third-party submissions, search engines can...

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4. Considering the nofollow Attribute

Don't Back Down, Tutorials, 14 KB, 917 words

The world is afire this morning with talk of the announcements by Six Apart and the three major search engines ( Google, MSN and Yahoo) to support a new HTML attribute named nofollow (in full, rel="nofollow"). By adding this attribute to your link anchors, the search engines will no longer consider the linking page as a component of the linked page's rank.

The idea is a simple one: Add this attribute to all link tags that you don't want to contribute to the rank of the linked page. For instance, comments and trackbacks, which are submitted to your site by users, are by their very nature considered "unknowns". Adding this attribute to those tags means you don't "stand up" for the value...

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5. Using nofollow in Movable Type

Don't Back Down, Tutorials, 8 KB, 301 words

Installing the Movable Type "nofollow" plugin from Six Apart will automatically update the built-in tags MTCommentBody, MTCommentAuthorLink and the container tag MTPings. The use of the MTPings container should serve to update any URLs contained within, such as those produced by the MTPingURL tag and surrounding template code.

Note that MTPingURL is in use in the default templates (in the Individual Entry Archive and the Trackback Listing Template). In case the MTPings container method doesn't work (and there is no reason that it shouldn't), then you'll need to adjust these templates manually. Nothing appears to happen with MTCommentURL, which would make sense, as it simply displays a...

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6. Movable Type 3.16 released

Six Apart ProNet Weblog, News, 22 KB, 1240 words

We've just launched Movable Type 3.16, which we previewed to Professional Network members on the email list and members-only blog last week. We've heard a lot of good feedback from you about Movable Type since the launch of the Professional Network a few months ago, and this release addresses many of your requests.

The focus for Movable Type 3.16 is on code quality and cleaning up little issues and bugs that have crept into the code base, either in the past year or, in some cases, since Movable Type was first released.

To get started, you can get Movable Type now, or log in to your account to upgrade. Or, read on to find out more details.

A solid, high-quality platform

First, above all you've told...

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7. Blog Maintenance

Learning Movable Type, Tutorials, 26 KB, 1364 words

Movable Type weblogs require some level of maintenance, beyond just adding new content. Here are some suggestions that can help keep your blog running smoothly. If you have other suggestions not on this list, please let us know in the comments section.

Dead Links

If you link to any other websites from your blog, and or have comments or TrackBacks enabled, you need to periodically scan your site to make sure that your external links are still active. Links with URLs that are no longer valid give a "404" server error when someone clicks on them.

One of the biggest deadlink culprits can come from TrackBack links. Periodically click on the "TrackBack" button on the left side of...

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8. Six Apart - Movable Type News

Six Apart News, News, 17 KB, 666 words

01.18.2005

Movable Type 'nofollow' plugin

Today we are pleased to announce our full support for the rel="nofollow" attribute to hyperlinks introduced to address the main cause of weblog spam: the payoff of higher placement in search engine results.

This initiative, with announced support from Google, Yahoo, MSN (and surely more to come), will direct search engines to ignore links with this attribute set for the purposes of spidering or increasing search engine relevance or ranking.

For current users of Movable Type (note: this plugin is included by default starting with version 3.16), this support is implemented as a simple plugin ( zip [4K], tar/gzip [3K]-- tested on MT 3.x and MT 2.661). For most users enabling "nofollow" support involves placing a single file in your plugins directory. All links submitted by external users in comments and TrackBacks will then be modifed to add the...

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9. Changed files in MT 3.17

Six Apart ProNet Weblog, News, 14 KB, 221 words

You may have noticed that we just announced the release of Movable Type 3.17 over on the MT News blog. This release is a small bug fix release in terms of changes, but an important one for those who are affected by the bugs.

If you're running MT 3.16 and would like to upgrade to this release with the minimum of hassle, you can simply upload the following changed files: • docs/ (a number of files) • README.txt • lib/MT.pm • lib/MT/App.pm • lib/MT/App/CMS.pm • lib/MT/Plugin.pm • lib/MT/Template/Context.pm • mt-db2sql.cgi • php/mt.php • plugins/nofollow/README.txt • plugins/nofollow/nofollow.pl • plugins/nofollow/tmpl/nofollow.tmpl • tmpl/cms/edit_comment.tmpl

For those of you on international versions, you...

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11. Search Engine Watch launches a blog

Six Apart ProNet Weblog, News, 14 KB, 261 words

Danny Sullivan, one of the biggest names in the search engine industry, has just announced the launch of the Search Engine Watch Blog, and takes the time to explain why he chose Movable Type 3.11 to power the blog. Danny got help setting up his blog from Rob Matthews of Tiger Technologies.

In passing, Danny points out some criticisms I'd made of the Search Engine Optimization industry, but to be clear, those are critiques of those who were or are abusing the medium. Here's hoping that Danny's example of how to use a blog well will be one that the unprofessional exceptions in the SEO business learn from and emulate.

Search Engine Watch has always had some of the best coverage of its...

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12. Known Issues with the Latest Version

Six Apart Knowledgebase, Manuals, 26 KB, 847 words

Question

A list of all known issues in the latest version of Movable Type. Please be sure to review this list before using the product or opening a support ticket.

Answer

As of Version 3.16, released April 18, 2005 • Configuration • A new application method ("app_path") prevents the login cookie from being set when Movable Type is installed in the root folder, rather than a subfolder. See Keep getting login screen for the solution. • Archives • It is impossible to produce files with no file extension by using the File extension for archive...

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13. Six Apart - Movable Type News - Movable Type 3.17 released

Six Apart News, News, 21 KB, 942 words

Today we are releasing Movable Type 3.17. This release addresses four issues that do not affect the majority of installations, but are critical for users with certain configurations.

Version 3.17 is not a required upgrade if your Movable Type installation is not affected by these issues.

Changes in this release include: • Installation at the root of a domain no longer continually logs out the user. • Fixed URL-encoding of uploaded file paths (e.g. images%2fbeach-pic.jpeg) • Fixed a bug in the nofollow plugin which causes HTML sanitization of everything within an <MTPings> block. • Fixed a bug in mt-db2sql.cgi which caused it to fail in certain situations when subcategories...

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14. Basic Photo Gallery Templates

Eat Drink Sleep MT, Tutorials, 73 KB, 4269 words

I've assembled some templates to build a photo gallery with Movable Type. What makes mine different and special from all the others? Easy: it's compatible with MT version 3.2. That means it'll work with the StyleCatcher plugin and the Movable Type Style Generator!

The only special requirement to use these templates is PHP. PHP is used to calculate the image size. The plugin Better File Uploader - with its For Photo Gallery button - will make adding photos go much quicker.

I've created a small example gallery, if you're interested in seeing the result before trying it yourself.

Setup a New Weblog

First, you'll want to create a new...

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15. Basic Photo Gallery Templates

Eat Drink Sleep MT, Tutorials, 80 KB, 5741 words

I've assembled some templates to build a photo gallery with Movable Type. What makes mine different and special from all the others? Easy: it's compatible with MT version 3.2. That means it'll work with the StyleCatcher plugin and the Movable Type Style Generator!

The only special requirement to use these templates is PHP. PHP is used to calculate the image size. The plugin Better File Uploader - with its For Photo Gallery button - will make adding photos go much quicker.

I've created a small example gallery, if you're interested in seeing the result before trying it yourself.

Setup a New Weblog

First, you'll want to create a new...

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16. Printer-Friendly Pages

Learning Movable Type, Tutorials, 37 KB, 2673 words

Updated. Originally posted March 29, 2004. Providing printer-friendly versions of your weblog entries can be useful to your weblog readers. For example, my cooking weblog has printer-friendly versions of the recipes like this. Learning Movable Type links to printer-friendly versions at the end of each entry. There are several ways to create printer-friendly versions. I've outlined two methods in this tutorial. The first method is a simple header tag and CSS trick that automatically generates printer-friendly pages whenever someone goes to print a page from your blog. The second method is a bit more involved, creating a printer-friendly archive template with associated...

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17. Upgrading Movable Type

Six Apart User Manual, Manuals, 40 KB, 3199 words

Upgrading Movable Type

Problem

You want to upgrade the Movable Type software.

Solution

Upgrading follows nearly the same steps as installation except that you will want to perform a backup of your system before attempting the upgrade. If you are upgrading from Movable Type 3.1x or before, you will also want to migrate to the new configuration file: mt-config.cgi.

Discussion

If you're on any past version of Movable Type, version 3.2 offers a lot of features and improvements that will make managing your blogs easier. To take advantage of them, you'll need to install the latest...

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18. Pre-installed plugins Archives

Six Apart User Manual, Manuals, 18 KB, 281 words

In order to provide extra functionality to Movable Type users not tied to normal release cycles and to provide solid examples for developers of use of the Plugin API and best Movable Type prorgamming practices, we will from time to time bundle plugins with Movable Type.

With Movable Type 3.2, there are three included plugins which we will detail in their own sections. • NofollowSpamLookupTemplate Backup/Refresh

Like the Movable Type application, these plugins are supported by Six Apart. If you experience any problems using these plugins and you are a paid licensee, you can submit a help ticket with our Technical Support staff....

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19. Known Issues Archives

Six Apart User Manual, Manuals, 24 KB, 1282 words

• Once an entry or category has been set to receive TrackBack pings, disabling pings for it through the UI will not actually refuse pings to that item but will suppress display of those pings. • Rebuilds will fail silently after saving an entry if a problem exists in your templates (for example, mismatched tags or a missing include module). An error will be shown, however, upon manual rebuild using the "Rebuild Site" functionality. • The nofollow plugin will cause a spurious warning for users with older versions of Perl upon running mt-check.cgi, mt-testbg.cgi or any of the...

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20. PluginSwitch

Six Apart User Manual, Manuals, 21 KB, 293 words

PluginSwitch

Settings for enabling/disabling particular plugins. MT controls this through the mt_config table. For example: PluginSwitch nofollow/nofollow.pl=0

What specifically does hash type mean? How does a user specify values? Also how does a developer support this switch or is it automatic?

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mgs | September 27th 2005