NoFollow vs DoFollow – How Does It Affect Your Backlinks?

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If you’re working on getting backlinks for your site to improve your page ranking, you should understand the difference between DoFollow and NoFollow links.

They’re important in determining what happens to your external links and the links going to your site.

NoFollow vs DoFollow: How Does It Affect Your Backlinks?

What is DoFollow and NoFollow?

In WordPress, all in-post and in-page links are set to DoFollow by default.

DoFollow means that search engines will follow the link and factor it in as part of their PageRank algorithm. In other words, the website you’re linking to will get an increase in PageRank. Learn more about PageRank in our Ultimate Guide to On-Page SEO.

NoFollow, however, is used to tell search engines that a specific hyperlink should not be used to influence page ranking. Search engines don’t follow NoFollow links.

Depending on the purpose of your hyperlink, you’ll need to decide whether to use DoFollow or NoFollow for your hyperlinks.

When to use DoFollow links

If a site you’re linking to is relevant to your blog or blog article topics, that’s the when you should make sure that the hyperlink is DoFollow. Google and other search engines love it when site owners link to relevant sites using appropriate anchor text. Ensuring that your links are DoFollow will also increase the page ranking of the site you’re linking to!

If you’re exchanging backlinks with other blogs, make sure that they give you a DoFollow backlink as well!

When to use NoFollow links

If the site you’re linking to isn’t relevant to your blog in any way, that’s when you should use NoFollow links.

For example, at Aspiring Bloggers’ service page, we have a testimonial section with links going to websites we’ve created for our clients. We made sure these links are NoFollow.

Since we’re a blog that offers blogging tips and most of our clients’ sites are travel/health blogs, there’s no reason for us to use DoFollow because we’re completely unrelated topics.

Let’s say we forget to use NoFollow for those client sites. Well, it can actually end up hurting our site’s ranking because search engines will wonder why we’re linking to other sites when those sites don’t really have anything to do with us.

It’s important to remember to set links as NoFollow when it applies.

How to implement NoFollow

Method 1

Th easier method to implementing NoFollow would be to download the Rel NoFollow Checkbox plugin below or find it in Plugins > Add New and install it.

Plugin | Rel NoFollow Checkbox

what is no follow backlinks

This plugin creates a checkbox that allows you to enable NoFollow when you’re creating a hyperlink. It’ll save you the hassle of having to edit HTML yourself to transform a link into NoFollow.

Method 2

Add “rel=”nofollow” inside of the <a href> attribute of your hyperlink. You’ll need to use the text editor for that instead of the visual editor.

For example, if you this is a normal hyperlink for Aspiring Bloggers:

<a href=”https://www.aspiringbloggers.com”>Aspiring Bloggers</a>

This is with NoFollow:

<a href=”https://www.aspiringbloggers.com” rel=”nofollow”>Aspiring Bloggers</a>
When to Use NoFollow Links

If you’re linking to something that has nothing to do with the content of your blog, it’s best to use a NoFollow Link. Using DoFollow links to irrelevant pages can hurt your site’s ranking because the target page’s content has nothing to do with your site. It’s considered spammy.
How to Use NoFollow in WordPress

As mentioned earlier, by default all of your hyperlinks will be DoFollow so we won’t worry about that one.

For NoFollow, here are a couple of ways to implement it:
Method 1

Add “rel=”nofollow” inside of the <a href> attribute of your hyperlink. You’ll need to use the text editor for that instead of the visual editor.

For example, if you this is a normal hyperlink for Aspiring Bloggers:

<a href=”https://www.aspiringbloggers.com”>Aspiring Bloggers</a>

This is with NoFollow:

<a href=”https://www.aspiringbloggers.com” rel=”nofollow”>Aspiring Bloggers</a>
Method 2

An easier method to implementing NoFollow would be to install the Rel NoFollow Checkbox plugin below:

Plugin | Rel NoFollow Checkbox

what is no follow backlinks

This plugin creates a checkbox that allows you to enable NoFollow when you’re creating a hyperlink. It’ll save you the hassle of having to edit HTML yourself to transform a link into NoFollow.

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