What are NoFollow Links?

Understanding the meaning of NoFollow Links is very important for every blogger. A NoFollow

link is not actually a brand/type of link. It is a link that has been hidden from the search engines by

a function known as “nofollow”. It is a piece of programming code that a person may use to stop a

search engine from crawling the link.


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If the search engines take note of the link (crawl it) then it becomes part of the linked pages SEO.

This may seem fine because normally if a website or blog links to another site it is because that

other site is useful in some way. There are times however when a link may be inserted onto some

body’s website/blog by a third party. This is often seen in the comment sections of blogs/articles,

or within online forums.

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What is so bad about someone else linking from my site?

There is nothing wrong with a person linking to their site from yours, however in return for helping

with their domains SEO, many people expect some sort of return. For example if someone leaves

well thought out comment at the end of an article, then the article writer should be okay with the

commenter installing a link. Other people however may simply install a link, and leave no comment,

a low quality comment, or a SPAM comment. This angers the article writer because it adds nothing

of value to the web page. It is a little like somebody advertising their shop on the back window of

your car.

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What do the search engines say?

A link from one domain to another will affect the SEO of both sites, but will affect the SEO of the

linked-to site, more than the site linked from. Google does not like people using “nofollow” on

web pages, but do not mind if you use it to hide links. This is why bloggers and webmasters will

use the NoFollow function to hide links. It stops spammers from installing links because it will

do their websites SEO no good.


Who uses NoFollow Links?

Some blogging platforms will automatically install a “nofollow” function into the comment section

of blogs. But in most cases, the NoFollow function must be added into the comment section

manually. This means that anyone can use the NoFollow function if they wish. There is no

predetermined website or blog type that works better with NoFollow links.


The effects of NoFollow Links

The function decreases the amount of Spammed comments, but also decreases the number of

legitimate comments. People are willing to add a concise and meaningful comment sometimes,

if they are rewarded with a link for their efforts.


Finding blogs that do not use NoFollow Links

How can you know if a blog uses NoFollow Links? You can check the source code from the browser,

but in many cases, people are simply not going to know unless they install a link and see if it is

crawled by Google. There are mobile device apps and online tools that are able to locate blogs that

do not use the “nofollow” function. There are also plugins for web browsers which are able to inform

you if the blog you are looking at–uses the nofollow function.


Trial and Error

Another sure fire way of locating blogs that do not use the “nofollow” function is through trial and

error, allied with diligent file keeping. You need to note down the websites that crawl their links so

that they become valid Backlinks.


You also need to note the websites that do not crawl links, and the websites that may allow you to

add a link, but are liable to deny you access to the website in order to do so. There are innumerate

files you can keep, suffice it to say that if you have files to reference, you will be unlikely to waste

your time on blogs with a NoFollow function installed.


I hope this NoFollow Links guide helps you in your Blogging career, don’t forget to share this post

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