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Why You Should Start Using Rel Me in Your Hyperlinks

Why You Should Start Using Rel=Me in Your Hyperlinks

Why You Should Start Using Rel Me in Your Hyperlinks Pop on to Twitter.com and take a look at your profile. Now, highlight the URL you included in your profile and inspect the element or view the source. You’ll notice something interesting about the hyperlink—Twitter inserts the rel tag “me” (along with “nofollow”). The whole link looks like this:
<a target="_blank" rel="me nofollow" href="http://www.yoururl.com">http://www.yoururl.com</a>
So, what does that “me” rel attribute do for your SEO? For now, nothing. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t use it yet. Adding the “me” tag in your rel attribute is meant to signify to search engines that you are linking to another page that belongs to you or was created by you. Though no major search engine currently recognizes the rel=me tag, many web developers and SEOs have begun incorporating it in anticipation that they will in the near future. The rel=me attribute can help search engines understand that you’re linking to a page that is related to your identity. That’s what Twitter is attempting to do with its rel=me nofollow attribute. It’s telling search engines that you are linking back to your own homepage, rather than referring the user to someone else.
You should follow this practice on your own websites as well. For example, if you include a link to your Twitter or Facebook or LinkedIn profile from your personal website, you should include the me tag each time. And when you link back from an external blog or another website you own, use the me tag for the same reason.
Again, there is no SEO impact currently, and the type of effect it will have in the future is yet to be seen. But it’s highly likely that search engine spiders will be paying closer attention to connecting the dots between your various social media profiles and other proprietary presences on the web using a tag like rel=me. For example, the New Orleans Saints defensive end Will Smith could use the rel=me attribute to link to his social media accounts to help disambiguate it from the actor Will Smith’s web presence.
By adding rel=me to your links now, you’ll save yourself the trouble of adding it in later when it is implemented. And if it goes by something other than rel=me, you can simply replace whatever it is using a find and replace (perhaps it might be rel=self or rel=myself). A rel=me tag will have a significant, yet different impact as the rel=follow and/or rel=nofollow tag, so be on the lookout for it .
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