Nofollow Backlinks Explained (Updated 2017)

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How do you feel about nofollow backlinks?

Are you doing black hat or grey hat SEO and spending your days chasing dofollow backlinks?

In this post I will let you know how important good nofollow backlinks are and why you want them to point towards the website you are trying to rank.

If you find this article useful feel free to mention it on your blog or leave a comment below!

Understand the “nofollow” attribute

So what exactly is a nofollow backlink? A nofollow backlink is a link towards a site which has the rel=”nofollow” attribute to it. This makes search engines to “not follow the link” and does not let any “link juice” flow to the linked website.

So why would anyone use a link like this? Basically what this is useful for is letting Google and other search engines know which sites you want to be associated with. For example advertisements does not necessarily match the theme of your website. Then it’s makes sense to put a nofollow link towards the advertised site so that search engines know that you do not naturally link out to that website for the sake of that article or post.

But then again now you think, why would I want google to believe that my site is a lousy advertiser? Hold on! We’re getting there!

nofollow chrome pluginA nofollow backlink looks like this. <a href=”https://nomadsnote.com” rel=”nofollow”>Anchor text</a>.

A nofollow link looks like this when displayed on a web page. This is a nofollow link.

But then again how will you be able to detect if a link is nofollow or not? There are ways of verifying the attributes of a link.

nofollow backlink imageThe easiest way is to install a nofollow link plugin to your browser. A good one that I use myself is Nofollow.

You can also do the following steps when you want to check if a link is dofollow or nofollow.

Right click the link -> Inspect -> Look inside the <a> and </a> if there is a rel=”nofollow” attribute.

Good and bad nofollow backlinks

The good thing about nofollow backlinks is that there is almost no bad ones. The best thing about nofollow backlinks is that Google cares & loves them and you can’t mess them up! Listed below are some of the benefits with a website that has a lot of nofollow backlinks.

  • Social media signals. Most social media backlinks are with the rel=”nofollow” attribute. So what does a lot of these social nofollow backlinks tell search engines? That your site goes hot on social media, people are talking about your content. That gives Google a big fat hard on!
  • Links on sites in your niche. When people use your website as a reference for their articles in the same niche they can sometimes use the rel=”nofollow” attribute. However even if they dont give you that sweet link juice they will let google know that they used your article for their content. Google will eventually rewards you for being a good resource for information in your niche. Good information about something equals good rankings!
  • More natural anchor text diversity. This one is very good especially for the grey & black hat gangsters. When having a lot of buzz about your site with nofollow backlinks comes also a new anchor text with every link. (Anchor text is the words that the link contains). This makes your site look very natural. Becuase a site with a lot of dofollow links would naturally have even more nofollow links as they are a lot easier to come by.

So now it’s time to make sure you use nofollow links in the absolute most favorable way.

Nofollow attribute for external links

Some webmasters like to use the nofollow atttribute on their external links. This is usally done for the sake of affiliate marketing or if a article has references it’s common to make the resource links with nofollow attribute.

How to use nofollow links for your website

So if you want good natural nofollow links to your site it’s very easy to aquire it. Basiclly just link to your website in comments and profiles across the internet. However you do want to make sure to put most of those links on sites relevant to your target sites niche.

Nofollow backlinks lets google know that your brand is a popular topic on the internet.

I hope you enjoyed this post and feel free to mention it somewhere to help a friend out!

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