You may have read somewhere the words dofollow or nofollow links. If you are learning SEO most likely you may have seen these terms. These terms are very important in the world of SEO. You may have seen many websites sharing dofollow blog list, dofollow forums list or dofollow blog. Many SEO beginners do not know what are these at their beginning. Including me when I first started blogging I didn’t take care of dofollow or nofollow links because I never gave attention to this. But as time passes and I started to learn SEO now I know the importance of each small and simple steps that can enhance your blog traffic dramatically.
In this article, I am going to enlighten these 2 concepts that are nofollow and dofollow.
The difference between Nofollow and Dofollow Links?
So when you submit your website to google console and it is ready to be indexed by google search engine. Google bots visit your website, completely analyze your website links and content etc. While crawling your website or blog Google bots find many links on your website. And those links can be of 2 types
- NoFollow links
- Dofollow links
Dofollow link is an attribute of HTML anchor tag (a). It can be written like this
<a href=”myotherpage.html” rel=”dofollow”>Follow me</a>
This link is having an attribute of rel with its value of dofollow. So when Google bot comes to your website and analyzes every link. The bot will see this link as well and this link is telling the Google bot to please follow this link and crawl to the link give inside an anchor tag. Which is “myotherpage.html”. So Google bot will include this page in its indexing as well. This is very useful for getting more traffic and staying more traffic to your blog.
In case an anchor tag is not equipped with any rel attribute. It is considered as ‘dofollow’.
While on the other hand nofollow links are those which tell the Google bots to not to crawl this link and not to include this link for indexing on google.
Its example is:
<a href=”myotherpage.html” rel=”nofollow”>don’t Follow me</a>
As simple as that.
Why are these important?
Both of these are totally opposite to each other and both have their own importance. Dofollow helps to increase traffic to your blog and helps improving page rank.
How to check if the link is dofollow or nofollow?
For this purpose, firefox offers a great plugin to install. Just search for “Nodofollow Firefox Plugin” on google and it will take you to their website homepage. Just set it up and it will start telling you on each website which link is a dofollow link and which one is nofollow link.
You can follow this link for Firefox plugin
Author: Faisal Imtiaz
Faisal Imtiaz is a Web Developer and Blogger. Working in PHP language as a freelancer from the last 5 years. Started blogging and online teaching in the year 2016 and successfully running faisalweb.com and a youtube channel for programming tutorials.