Dofollow links vs Nofollow links – Whats the difference?

Hi there,

If you would like to gain some free traffic from search engines, building backlinks to your site is an extremely important marketing step to get your site ranked. The only problem with some people is they would like to know the difference between a Dofollow link, a Nofollow link, and how does this effect your rankings on search engines. Before you start getting Dofollow or Nofollow links, let me explain the difference between the two.

What is a Dofollow link?

A Dofollow Link is a hyperlink that is able to tell all search engines to pass along it’s page rank influence to an outbound link. If you will use or get do follow links to your site, then search engines will count your link in the eyes of Google  Yahoo, Bing etc as backlink for your site and you can get some positive value for your site ranking. So what exactly does a Dofollow link look like? This is what a Dofollow link looks like in html <a href=””>Link</a>

What is a Nofollow link?

Nofollow Links are exactly the opposite. It is a hyperlink that removes the ability to pass on it’s page rank status to other sites. Nofollow is for not crawling a link by search engine that influence the ranking of a particular website or blog in search engines. So basically you are not getting any link juice if you get a Nofollow link, however it is very important to mix it up between Nofollow links and Dofollow links because if you just have all Dofollow links then this would seem very unnatural to search engines and you would quickly lose rank or never get ranked. So what does a Dofollow link look like in html?  This is what a nofollow link looks like

<a href=”” rel=”nofollow”>Link</a>

How to check if a link is Nofollow or dofollow

There is an extremely easy and fast way to check if a link is Nofollow or dofollow. In order to get started you need to download the Mozilla Firefox web browser because we will be using a Firefox Plugin for this. The plugin that you will gives you the option to highlight all of the Nofollow links on a page red and to highlight all of the Dofollow links on a page green. In order to get this plugin you need to sign up to SeoBook.comIts free to sign up and after you log in to your account on the firefox browser, you will see the option to download multiple free SEO plugins. After scrolling down the page you will see the option to download the seo toolbar. There are tutorial videos on that page on how to use it, its very easy. Watch the video below to learn how to use the SEO toolbar from SeoBook.Com.


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