Last Update - 30 Aug 2020
Dofollow and nofollow links in seo
Search engine crawlers follow dofollow links. Nofollow links don’t allow search engine bots to follow your links. So, let me tell you which is better, Dofollow and nofollow links in SEO (Search Engine Optimization).
As soon as you start a new blog, you want to gain top-ranking positions in SERP ( Search Engine Results Page ). However, you have to remember that does not happen overnight. You should build a certain amount of quality links before you’ll start seeing the first results of your activities.
As you’ve already known, all links are divided into Dofollow and Nofollow. I will cover the basic things about each one and whether they are really worthy of SEO (Search Engine Optimization) activities.
What is a Follow Link?
The term “dofollow link” is used to describe a link that passes the authority as opposed to one that doesn’t. Dofollow links allow google (in fact all search engines) to follow them and reach our website.
A dofollow value is simply a descriptor since a dofollow value for the rel attribute doesn’t exist in HTML. So, dofollow links are technically any links that don’t have an rel attribute with a nofollow value.
The best way to give the following link is to use the keyword as the anchor text. Here is an example:
<a href=“https://legendblogs.com/”>Do Follow Link</a>
It is important not only to get a do-follow link from anywhere but to gain a follow link from a reputable website.
What are Nofollow links?
As we know Nofollow links don’t pass any link juice but it can help to get traffic on your website. A no-follow link is created with the no-follow link HTML tag. These links do not influence the search engine rankings of the destination URL.
Google does not transfer PageRank or anchor text across them. In fact, Google doesn’t even crawl no-followed links. The HTML is identical except for the addition of the rel=”nofollow” tag.
<a href="https://legendblogs.com" rel="nofollow">No Follow Link</a>
Basically, The no-follow tag is basically a notice sign for search engines saying “don’t count this.”
The history of rel=”nofollow”
Google originally introduced the no-follow tag in 2005 to combat comment spam. While PageRank sculpting is no longer a thing, “nofollowing” some internal links can help with crawl prioritization because Google doesn’t crawl nofollow
Other link attributes
Google introduced two new attributes that do not pass authority. They work as additional ways to identify the nature of some links.
Google suggests using the sponsored attribute to identify links on your site that were created as part of advertisements, sponsorships, or other compensation agreements
<a href="" rel="sponsored"></a>
User Generated Content (UGC)
Google recommends marking user-generated content (UGC) links, such as comments and forum posts, as UGC. The UGC (user-generated content) attribute looks like this.
<a href="" rel="ugc"></a>
How to check whether a link is Nofollow or Dofollow
There are a few ways how to check the type of links: Dofollow or Nofollow.
- Right-click on a page and click “view source. You will see a screenshot. In the source code, you need to press Ctrl+F and search for your site name and comments in the screenshot. Now you can check the type of a link.
- There are many useful extensions you can download for Firefox or Chrome automatically that will define whether a link is Dofollow or Nofollow.
Here are some rough guidelines for dealing with different types of links you find here:
- Guest posts bio links
- Widget links
- Bought links on low-quality sites
- Comment section links
How to Get Follow Links
The best way to get do-follow links is the honest way: creating awesome, original content that gets shared and linked to naturally.
Try to get a healthy balance of Dofollow and Nofollow links. Both links can deserve a good place in SEO.
Furthermore, most of the backlinks you get from following places are nofollowed:
- Social networks (Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, etc.)
- Forums (Reddit, Quora, etc.)
- Guestbooks (hello)
- Wikipedia (hint: anyone can edit a Wikipedia page)
- Press releases
Hopefully, you learned a lot of things about dofollow and nofollow links. It is a well-known fact that everyone wants to get do-follow links.
Both types of links play an important role in terms of SEO (Search Engine Optimization). So, once again I say that, try to get a healthy balance of do-follow and no-follow links. Both links can deserve a good place in SEO.