What is nofollow and dofollow rel attributes

Nofollow and Dofollow rel Attributes:

Search Engine Optimization (SEO) contains numerous factors.In which,one factor indicates the backlinks, and backlinks are distributed into two types. One is nofollow and other second is Dofollow. In this lesson we will introduce and reveal nofollow or dofollow rel Attributes.Mostly nofollow links are found on internet web pages with relation tag like rel="nofollow" and same like other rel="Dofollow". Both rel means different with each others and process too.

Nofollow or Dofollow rel Attributes
Nofollow or Dofollow rel Attributes

Just take little bit review about backlinks and its usage with these rel attributes. Search engines (Google,Bing,Yahoo) counts backlinks in page ranking process. We should keep care about links standards and quality, Because these are more important element/factor of SEO. Seo experts preference dofollow links instead of nofollow rel attributes. 

What is nofollow:

Bٓefore proceeding that is important to know about nofollow rel attribute. This attribute rel=”nofollow” prevent from robots to crawl links on that page.This rel="nofollow" work as a command or instruction for search bots to avoid crawl these individuals links, with this attributes you are capable to tell them search engines don’t count this link in search ranking. Try to add nofollow attribute on your web or blog links. In simple words we can say,rel="nofollow"make secure your web page from spamming, Because dofollow links are enabled to crawl by bots instead of nofollow. Sometimes which links you added in your content are spam domains and have redundant content , so it is important for your site safety to add this rel="nofollow" attributes. Nofollow attributes doesn’t allow spider or crawlers to index this link, that’s means search bots give respect your attributes and ignore this link.Use this meta for nofollow.

<meta name="robots" content="nofollow">

You can add nofollow attributes in all content links at once with the above meta line then search engines will not index all links.But if you want to add nofollow attribute only with one or two specific links then see below example.

<a href="http://www.facebook.com" rel="nofollow">Facebook</a>


Its is important to know that, If you doing internal link between your web page so, no need to add rel="nofollow" attributes. In other condition, You can add rel="nofollow" with external links (Outside web page links).

What is Dofollow:

As we learn about rel="nofollow" that is prevent and disallow search engines to index links. But rel="Dofollow"is opposite process to rel="nofollow"Because this attribute allow search engines to crawl/index this individual link. Google and other search engines admits Dofollow backlink as a strong and finest backlink for other web page or search ranking.We can use this meta for Dofollow.

<meta name="robots" content="Dofollow">

You can add dofollow attributes in all content links at once with the above meta line then search engines will not index all links. But if you want to add dofollow attribute only with one or two specific links then see below example.

<a href="http://www.facebook.com">Facebook</a>
<a href="http://www.facebook.com" rel="Dofollow">Facebook</a>
<a href="http://www.facebook.com" rel="external">Facebook</a>

Suggestion for friendly Seo:

If we are doing internal linking between own website so it is important to know that, Use appropriate keywords for internal linking. For example, If we have an affiliate link of HostGator then we can choose these keywords like , Hostgator affiliate marketing, make money with hostgator, best hosting service, these keywords are in correct form but in other condition if we use like, read more, click here, see more like these useless keywords and it is complicated for search engine to understand that, what you are describing with these redundant stuff. It’s a good Seo practice to use meaningful keywords for internal linking with dofollow or nofollow attributes. If you want to improve your Seo grip then prefer you read this article: 5 things that will improve organic SEO 😉

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Shanthi Ganesan
9 years ago

Hey its cool about dofollow and nofollow links thanks a lot for sharing with us…