How to add NoFollow Tag to a Link
Tutorial on how to add nofollow tag to a link and understanding NoFollow and dofollow tag attributes by adding rel=”nofollow” and rel=”dofollow”
Let us now learn how to add NoFollow Tag to a Link, mainly to affiliate links by adding the attribute: rel=”nofollow”.
When it comes to SEO, the two most commonly discussed terms are Nofollow & Dofollow. Most experienced and professional Bloggers and webmasters understand the importance of Nofollow and Dofollow tag attributes when it comes to search engine optimization. However, most newbie, have no idea about this and this post is targeted to help them out.
Here I will explain all about NoFollow and DoFollow tag attributes and how to add no-follow to a link, mainly affiliate link. This guide is basically a tutorial for people who want to learn when, why & how to use nofollow tag and dofollow tag.
Clarification: Not all DoFollow links are bad for SEO. This is also approved by the popular WordPress Plugin – Yoast SEO. Experts and creators of this Plugin suggest adding 5 to 6 external links in a post of 300 to 400 words. The condition is that the external links must be to trusted websites with good SERP.
Therefore, not all DoFollow links are bad. Yes, linking to bad websites and posts is definitely bad.
Why should we add a NoFollow Tag to a Link?
Well, the answer is simple – As per SEO rules, we must give more importance to internal links to our own posts by adding “DoFollow” attribute and adding NoFollow attribute to other external links. This is called link building.
What are NoFollow Links?
NoFollow links are those links that we don’t want search engines to follow. Most professional Bloggers add a NoFollow link attribute to Affiliate Links because these links are not considered good for SEO.
Update: Google and other search engines have recently started to ignore NoFollow tags but it is still a good practice to use it. However, NoFollow are not taken into account for ranking.
What are DoFollow Links?
Dofollow links are those links that we want search engines to follow.
Blogging platforms like WordPress and Blogger add dofollow attribute to all links by default. If we link to an external site in any posts and do not want search engines to follow the link or we do not want to provide any free of cost link juice to that particular link, then we can use nofollow link attribute.
How to add Nofollow Tag to a Link?
In a WordPress or a Blogger blog, a default link would look like this:
<a href="http://www.guidebaba.com/how-to-add-nofollow-tag-to-a-link.html"> How to add Nofollow Tag to a Link</a>
To make it nofollow, simply add an attribute Nofollow to the link like this:
<a href=http://www.guidebaba.com/how-to-add-nofollow-tag-to-a-link.html rel="nofollow > How to add Nofollow Tag to a Link</a>
In order to make this change, you will have to enter the HTML area of the Post Text Editor. You will have to manually add the rel=” nofollow” attribute to any link or links that you want to make nofollow.
If you are using the WordPress platform, then you have the liberty to use plugins that automate the job. However, there is no need to add Nofollow Tag to all the links. Most professional bloggers suggest to add Nofollow Tag to affiliate links as search engines hate such links.
A very popular WordPress plugin to add Nofollow Tag attribute to affiliate links is: Gocodes
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