How to Nofollow Your Links

I’m sure that many bloggers have heard of nofollow/dofollow links being discussed in blog posts and on Facebook. In this post I wanted to share with you some different ways you can nofollow your links. If you need a refresher on nofollow/dofollow links, please read these two posts: Getting It Right: Nofollow vs. Dofollow and Google Page Rank and Your Blog.

Here’s a few different methods you can use to nofollow the links on your site:

NoFollow with a Plugin

WordPress SEO by Yoast: This is the plugin that I use to nofollow links in my posts. It’s really only a matter of checking a box on the individual post you want to nofollow. Plus it has a tonne of other features like choosing focus keywords and SEO title. The downside, however, is that you nofollow the entire post vs. the individual links. Sometimes you may want to have a mix of dofollow and nofollow links so you would have to do it manually.

Ellen from Confessions of an Overworked Mom also uses Yoast and states, “It’s very simple to use and it allows me to nofollow or dofollow links by post depending on what I’m writing about.”

NoFollowr by Joel Birch: You can toggle beside each link in your post to say if you want it to be dofollow or nofollow. Kimberly from Saving More Than Me says, “One click on the post and it follows or nofollows. Very easy.”

Ultimate Nofollow by bitacre: You can nofollow each link individually. With Yoast, you have to nofollow the entire post.

NoFollowLink: Allows you to add the nofollow tag to any link in the post with a click of a button. Kecia from Southern Girl Ramblings says, ” It puts a button at the top of the post editor, so I can quickly add the nofollow tag to any link within my posts. No need to edit the HTML at all.”

External Links: This plugin lets you process your external links differently than your internal links (ie. the ones linking to other posts on your site.) Lindsay at Laughing Lindsay says, “I use “External Links” which sets everything to an automatic “nofollow” but individual links can be edited to be dofollow which I like since most of my posts are reviews.”

NoFollow Manually

Desperately Seeking WordPress has an excellent post detailing how to manually nofollow your links in your post. It’s not hard to do, but if you are going back to your older posts, it can be very time consuming to do. Trust me, I know from experience!

It’s really just a matter of going into the html of your post and adding the nofollow tag to the link. Lots of copy and pasting!

Photo Credit: Desperately Seeking WordPress

NoFollow with Genesis Themes

Genesis themes come with the option to nofollow your links right in your settings! I did not know this until today and I have been using Genesis since 2010! Yolanda from Sassy Mama in LA uses this method for her links and says “I use what is included on the genesis package because it allows me to pick and choose what I do/nofollow and doesn’t slow my site down like a plug in might.”

To use it, Yolanda suggests, “When you complete a post and view it logged in as admin, it pops up with green check marks for dofollow- you click and it changes to red marks if you want to no follow it. Quick and super easy- and no coding needed.”

Photo Credit: Sassy Mama in LA

NoFollow for Blogger Blogs

I’m not on Blogger anymore, but you can now nofollow your links easily! They didn’t have this capability when I used it so that’s great to see. Mandi at Sweet Tiny Blessings says, “I use Blogger. It provides a pop-up automatically when I insert a link.”

Do you ever nofollow your links? If so, which method do you use?

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  1. says

    Thank you so much! I have been blogging now for about a year and done product reviews and I had no idea about DoFollows and NoFollows. I had no idea I was putting my blog and page rank in jeopardy by not adding the NoFollow.

  2. says

    Thanks so much for this! I had been going back through and no-following all old posts manually. i also use Yoast, so it has sped up the process dramatically. You are a life saver!

  3. says

    Is there a way to make commenters links no follow? I’ve been having a rash a spam sites linking (by hiding URL) by leaving comments. I have the GASP plugin & they’re still getting through. (I’m on Thesis)

    • says

      I don’t use anything for the comments since mine are automatically nofollow. I’m on Genesis so I think that might be built into the theme. I’m not sure about Thesis though.


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