Seems like Bing is not honoring the No-follow and No-Index meta tags. The tags are used to tell the search engine bot that it should not follow the link and index it. In a post on the Bing forum, one user has complained about the same. The post from the Webmaster and the reply from Microsoft are mentioned below for your information. (Via)
I have a site containing pages that I don’t want their content being indexed by search engines so all of those pages have
<META NAME=”ROBOTS” CONTENT=”NOINDEX, NOFOLLOW” />
in their header and it has been like this for a while now.
Both Google and Yahoo respected the tag and those pages are not being indexed by them but today I checked and found all those pages even recent ones are indexed and cached on Bing.
Brett Yount (Program Manager | Bing Webmaster Center)
This is a known issue we are working quickly to resolve. If you have pages you would like permanently removed from our index, please send me a mail to email@example.com with your domain name and “MSNBot ignoring robots tags” in the subject line. Please also include the URLs in the body of the message. You may use an * wildcard for any directories such as:
Normally, I would request that you fill out a content removal request, however, since this is a problem on our side, I’ll do the leg work for you.
So if you too are finding the links no follow and no-index links ( which shouldnt be indexed or crawled by MSNBOTS) getting indexed, do as the Program Manager above says. I will suggest that you also add that link’s entry in robots.txt file ( which most of the crawlers honor)
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