What is Nofollow and Dofollow Links and What is the Difference between Them

By | February 25, 2018

What is Nofollow and Dofollow Links

In this post, I am telling you that “What is Nofollow and Dofollow Links” and which link is suitable for SEO. For those who are new in blogging SEO, it is important to know about Nofollow and Dofollow links for them. If you are confusing with “do follow” and “no follow” links, then this post can be useful for you.

Before knowing about the nofollow and do follow links, I would suggest that you need to understand first about Backlinks. Because without the information of backlinks you will not understand about No Follow and Do Follow link.

Read: What are the Backlinks and Why it is necessary for Blog SEO

What is Nofollow and Dofollow Links

1. What is The Nofollow Link

NoFollow Links are those links which the search engine does not index. This means that the website owner or blogger will use the nofollow link then the search engine cannot pass it, it can only be read by human only. In simple words, we can use the nofollow link to hide the link from the search engine. And avoid spam in your site in the search ranking. Nofollow links are done for those sites. Which can be a fake site.

Example of No Follow Link:

<a href=”https://www.smartblogy.com/” rel=”nofollow”>smartblogy</a>

To use the No Follow link you have to use only the rel = “nofollow” code in the link. After that search engine cannot read this link.


1. What is The Dofollow Link

First of all, let me tell you that the DoFollow link is also called Follow Link. Do Follow links allow all search engines to index links. That is, both search engines and humans can read this link. And you can also increase your site’s search ranking by using Keywords in the follow link. I mean to say that when we use backlinks in the post, then instead of links, you can also use Focus keywords. Which is called anchor text.

Example of Do Follow Link:

<a href=”https://www.smartblogy.com/”>smartblogy</a>

All default links are Do Follow Links. So you do not need to use any extra code to use the Do-Follow link in the link.

How to find that a Link is DoFollow or NoFollow?

If you want to check a link that it is DoFollow link or NoFollow link then it is very easy. Move the mouse pointer to the link that you want to check, right click, Now a shortcut menu will open in front of you.

click on “Inspect Element” in it. Now a window will open on the side of the page where you can check that the link is the DoFollow link or the NoFollow link.

Read Also: What is Off-Page SEO and How to do Off-Page SEO- Full Guide

Where to Use Do Follow Links:

Whatever links we use in the blog post, those all links are dofollow links. For this, we do not need to add any code separately in the link. This is some point, which will help you to understand more easily.



1. Links to other posts of your own site: You can use the link of the second post of your own site as a dofollow link. Not only me but all bloggers and website owners do this.

2. Related content links: If a site is related to your content and has a good relationship with you. You are absolutely sure that if bad information is not shared on it, you can dofollow its links too.

3. Guest Posts: If a blogger makes a guest post on your blog. You can also keep the URL of the same niche blog as DoFollow

Read Also: How To Do On-Page SEO- Full Guide

Where to Use NoFollow Links:

1. Paid Links: If you want to take money from someone and give it to the website link on your blog, such as Sponsored Posts, Advertorial, then such a link should keep you a NoFollow link.

2. Illegal Site: A website which is blacklisted in the list of Google Adsense such as gambling, porn etc. So, you should have a NoFollow link for this website’s link.

3. Affiliate Links: we do not know what kind of product sells by Affiliate site. They may also have fake information. So you can also use nofollow links for the affiliate programming site link.

4. Irrelevant Web Page: If you want to provide a link of a web page in your blog that is not related to the niche of your blog, then such a link should have you with the NoFollow link.

Blog Comments: your blog’s comments Links should also keep in the NoFollow link.

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How to Create NoFollow Links in Blog Posts

As I mentioned above, whenever you create a link in your blog, that is by default DoFollow. If you want to some of your links as NoFollow, you can also manually do this work and also do with the help of the plugin.

To do manually, all you have to do is to use “rel attribute” in anchor tag of HTML as I have told you above and if you want to do this work with the help of a plugin, you can use WordPress’s “Ultimate Nofollow Plugin”.



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