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Hiding external links from search engines helps to discourage spammers from posting links on your site. If you turn this option on, any URLs inserted in pages and comments will be given the 'nofollow' attribute, which prevents search engines from following them.

(info) Shortcut links (e.g. CONF-2622@JIRA) and internal links to other pages within Confluence are not tagged.

 

(warning) The information on this page does not apply to Atlassian OnDemand sites with multiple apps. If you are using Confluence-only OnDemand, the information does apply.

To hide external links from search engines:

  1. Choose the cog icon  at top right of the screen, then choose Confluence Admin.
  2. Click 'Security Configuration' in the left panel.
  3. This will display the 'Security Configuration' screen. Click 'Edit'.
  4. Check the 'Hide External Links From Search Engines' checkbox.
  5. Click the 'Save' button.

Background to the nofollow attribute

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As part of the effort to combat the spamming of wikis and blogs (Confluence being both), Google came up with some markup which instructs search engines not to follow links. By removing the main benefit of wiki-spamming it's hoped that the practice will stop being cost-effective and eventually die out.

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