Who has set up a self hosted wordpres site in the last few days?

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If you have can you do me a favour and check if they are nofollow links all over it?

I posted this in the web design section but realised it is happening on all my installs that are new (old sites unaffected)so thought I'd see if it was for anyone else. I install the wordpress via fantastico (using hostgator reseller package) and ALL links, on default theme and anything else I install, are nofollow. Even with no plgins (meta-robot doesnt help either).

I found it initially for one site, uninstalled everything (including all hosting) then reset it up and was still the same, have since tested on two domains I had laying around and having the same problems on newly installed wordpress.

Hostgator insist its not them and that if its happening then it is at wordpress end, them setting defaults.

Has this happened to anyone else in the last few days? How do I get around it?

(nofollow told by my SEObook plugin - one of the sites is Techix Engineering Recruitment if you want to check)
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  • Profile picture of the author cashcow
    Did you check the privacy settings?

    I just recently discovered that all my new installs have the privacy set to block search engines which I think makes everything nofollow. I never had to go in and do anything to this setting before, but now I need to set it to allow search engines.

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    • Profile picture of the author John Hixson
      Originally Posted by cashcow View Post

      Did you check the privacy settings?

      I just recently discovered that all my new installs have the privacy set to block search engines which I think makes everything nofollow. I never had to go in and do anything to this setting before, but now I need to set it to allow search engines.

      Lee
      Lee, hero - thanks for that! Never even knew that was there before - spent ages backing up, deleting and moving things, wish I'd asked here earlier!

      Nail on the head, good stuff!
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  • Profile picture of the author stma
    It's set to private by default now. You can't add your ping list until you change that setting.

    Good for when your setting up - annoying if you forget

    I'd make sure to check any blogs you update as well. Wouldn't be happy if my newly upgraded blog went to "private".
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  • Profile picture of the author cashcow
    I thought maybe it was just me, because I can't believe that it would default to blocking search engines!

    There I was happily making blogs and selling them to people and they all were set to block the search engines!

    I might not have noticed either, but one of my customers emailed me and wanted to know when he should change the privacy settings to allow search engines! I went back and checked and all the blogs I made for the last 2 weeks were set to block them.

    I had to go into each one (they had already been purchased!) and change the setting, then email all my customers about it - how embarrassing is that?
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  • Profile picture of the author Preben Frenning
    I spent quite a lot of time trying to get my new wp sites indexed, but nothing.
    I got kind of frustrated, checking in google all the time, pinging at pingler.com (Which usually gets my sites indexed in a few hours), I even thought google had slapped me for some reason!

    Then I randomly found out while creating a new site, so that's a good thing to know!
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  • Profile picture of the author dean_holland
    HOLY COW !!

    I have NEVER been so glad to read a post !!

    Thankyou .. Thankyou .. THANKYOU !!

    I have just started in the last 2 weeks building more blogs of my own, the more recently started ones I just went to check and there all set to block your right !!

    did I say THANKYOU yet ??

    Thought it was slower than my previous blogs !!

    Blog life saver !

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  • Profile picture of the author peter gibson
    I cannot believe this. I spent the entire day going through my code and losing it, wondering why I couldn't get my site on the run and indexed. I even had hostgator online with me - 2 techs trying to figure out what the deal was!!! Whew, thank God I came across this post. Wall Major thanks for bringing this up!

    And btw yeah, why in bloody hell would wordpress do that? Frikin ridiculous.

    At least I'm breathing a sigh of relief now.
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    • Profile picture of the author keyaziz
      WOW!

      Thank you - I didn't even know that setting existed. Seems some of my sites have it to block search engines. I can't believe that is a default setting.
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  • Profile picture of the author SteveJohnson
    It IS a default setting - but according to the WordPress trac, it wasn't intentional. Standard behavior for the last 3 years has been to have the box checked automatically. Hopefully it will get changed back to original behavior in the next release.
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    • Profile picture of the author blaine41
      Thank You Cash Cow. This must be new within the last 2 weeks.
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    • Profile picture of the author navjotjsingh
      Originally Posted by SteveJohnson View Post

      It IS a default setting - but according to the WordPress trac, it wasn't intentional. Standard behavior for the last 3 years has been to have the box checked automatically. Hopefully it will get changed back to original behavior in the next release.
      This behavior has been restored for next release of Wordpress.
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      • Profile picture of the author SteveJohnson
        Originally Posted by navjotjsingh View Post

        This behavior has been restored for next release of Wordpress.
        Yes, I know, thanks. I didn't even have time to submit a patch after I opened the ticket. Westi beat me to it. Change is committed to 2.8.5 release.
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  • Profile picture of the author Fernando Veloso
    Originally Posted by WarriorMaster View Post

    I just installed 2.8.4 and it was done, back to normal.
    It was a major flaw, it had to be corrected asap. Imagine how many people are hitting their head asking

    "WHY? Why isn't my site indexed???????????"

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  • Profile picture of the author Paul Hancox
    This is precisely why I don't upgrade to the very latest Wordpress all the time. I don't want to be a continual BETA TESTER
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    • Profile picture of the author CalGolden
      Originally Posted by Paul Hancox View Post

      This is precisely why I don't upgrade to the very latest Wordpress all the time. I don't want to be a continual BETA TESTER
      I am with you on that one, Paul. I always give new releases and chance to work some of the kinks out before I dive in. Beta is not always better.

      Go thing Wordpress is on this thing. Imagine not wanting to have your site found by search engines. Well, if you are a BF'er...


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  • Profile picture of the author jlxsolutions
    This definetly explains why my most content fileld blog thingy didnt get indexed properly by google thank you
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