Official Google Webmaster Central Blog: Pagination with rel=“next” and rel=“prev”

Much like rel=”canonical” acts a strong hint for duplicate content, you can now use the HTML link elements rel=”next” and rel=”prev” to indicate the relationship between component URLs in a paginated series. Throughout the web, a paginated series of content may take many shapes—it can be an article divided into several component pages, or a product category with items spread across several pages, or a forum thread divided into a sequence of URLs.

via googlewebmastercentral.blogspot.com

I’ve been wondering why they haven’t been doing this for the last 4-5 years…

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