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Difference between NoFollow and DoFollow Links : Basics of SEO

To Understand the Difference between NoFollow and DoFollow Links

Let’s take the general meaning of the word No + Follow:  Asking something to not follow on the Other hand Do-Follow tells to follow the link. These instructions are for the search engine crawlers from Google, Bing and Yahoo etc. Humans will simply click the link and will reach the destination url in the link.
No-Follow Concept was introduced in the year 2005 by Matt Cutts and Jason Shellen.

An Example of “nofollow” link

<a href=”http://swapthebook.com” rel=”nofollow”>Swapthebook</a>

An Example of “dofollow” link

<a href=”http://chikanstore.com”> ChikanStore</a>

But if we want to use DoFollow the tag Rel=”dofollow” doesn’t exist. It means that all the links in our website have “dofollow” attribute by default. It means that if “nofollow” attribute is not used, both Humans and Search Engine Crawlers will follow the link and the “link juice” (– an important factor for SEO) will be passed to that link.

Nofollow Attribute in the HTML Anchor and Meta Tags is used to prevent the search engines from evaluating and influencing the search engine rankings of the Links that are provided.

If you run a blog, you will always find people commenting on your posts with spam links. If your website ranks higher, these spam links on your website will get an advantage that they don’t deserve.  It is not good for search engine results because these links may not be valuable to internet users. Search engine theory says valuable links are picked, indexed and ranked automatically on the basis of their content and good and allowed SEO techniques.

If you don’t want to pass the so called link juice to the particular URL’s/ Links in your website simply use NOFOLLOW. Proper Syntax is provided in the example used above.

If you want to instruct crawlers not to follow any link on the page simply use –

<meta name=”robots” content=”nofollow” />        

Use this in the <head></head> TAG of your page and no links from the page will be followed by search engine spiders, crawlers and robots etc.

Recent updates in the google search results algorithm have mentioned about counting the nofollow links as an outgoing link when it comes to page rank distribution from the webpage in which the links are places.

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