An SEO professional asked a submitted question about nofollow.
They wanted to know if they could use rel=“nofollow” in the URL, in place of the noindex.
John answered that no, essentially nofollow tells us not to pass any page rank to those pages.
However, it doesn’t mean that they will never index the page.
If you really want a page to be blocked from indexing, then you must make sure that there is a noindex on it.
You cannot rely on Google accidentally running across a random link to that page.
Don’t assume that nofollow and noindex are both the same.
In particular, regarding new content, John says that Gary published a blog post about a year ago or so, regarding rel=“nofollow” and different types of other attributes.
Gary mentioned that they do sometimes use nofollow for the discovery of URLs also.
On the one hand, they may see the link without a nofollow, or they may see it with a nofollow and still look at it anyway.
If you don’t want the page to be indexed at all, just make sure it’s not indexed.
This happens at approximately the 34:45 mark in the video.