Do-Follow vs No-Follow?

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  1. Lily Rose profile image86
    Lily Roseposted 8 years ago

    When you comment on a website or blog and place a link to a hub in it, how can you tell if it is a do- or no-follow link?

    I've been doing a lot of this recently and got to thinking that I have no idea if it's even do-follow, so it may not even be helping me in the SERPS...


    1. Susana S profile image98
      Susana Sposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Hi Lily Rose, I have explained how to find out whether links are dofollow or nofollow in one of my hubs: "What is a Link - Types of Links Explained"

      Hope it helps smile

      1. Lily Rose profile image86
        Lily Roseposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        I will go give it a read - thank you, Susana!

  2. skyfire profile image72
    skyfireposted 8 years ago

    I comment irrespective of dofollow or nofollow,it's traffic that counts. Lot of traffic i get comes from nofollow.

    1. Lily Rose profile image86
      Lily Roseposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      I know that it will (hopefully) get me more traffic and I won't stop, but I really need to work on my search engine rankings and that's why I'm wondering about do-follow.

      BTW, I'm using IE, not Firefox.

      1. Jeffrey Neal profile image83
        Jeffrey Nealposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        You really should consider using Firefox. There are several plugins that can show you this easily. One, SEO for Firefox was already mentioned. I personally use SEOQuake and Quirk SearchStatus.

        1. Lily Rose profile image86
          Lily Roseposted 8 years agoin reply to this

          Thanks everyone for the great tips.  You know, I downloaded Firefox a few months ago but I never use it as I am so used to IE and I guess I've just not wanted to leave my "comfort zone."  For now, I'll try to view the page source and see if I can determine if it's nofollow or not.

          Thanks to everyone again!

  3. skyfire profile image72
    skyfireposted 8 years ago

    Quick way to check the nofollow is by installing "nofollow" extension on firefox.

  4. waynet profile image72
    waynetposted 8 years ago

    If you right click on any page and click view source you will see the html of that page, now look for http links and see if there are no follow or do follow tags appended to them.

    1. Lily Rose profile image86
      Lily Roseposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Thanks for chiming in Waynet, but you're talking to a html novice - what are the tags I'm looking for?  What do they look like?  Thanks!

      I'm off to a Dr appt, but I'll check back in later...

      1. skyfire profile image72
        skyfireposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        Right click on page then view source and then hit CTRL+F5 and search for word "dofollow".

        1. Greg Cremia profile image60
          Greg Cremiaposted 8 years agoin reply to this

          might be better to search for "nofollow" because this is the tag inserted. If there is no "nofollow" then the link is dofollow by default.


          ...the "nofollow" tag does not have to be attached to the link. if "nofollow is a meta tag in the "head" (very top of the page) then all links on the page are nofollow.

  5. Kapalbility02 profile image61
    Kapalbility02posted 8 years ago

    Alternatively, you can download a Firefox extension called SEO for Firefox (Google it). When you activate this nifty extension, all no follow links get a red highlight. Ooooh. Pretty.

    1. skyfire profile image72
      skyfireposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Sorry for outgoing link but found this script for IE users :

      This will help lily i guess.

  6. Hub Llama profile image64
    Hub Llamaposted 8 years ago

    Most blogs have their comments set to NoFollow. WordPress, for example, has all comments set to nofollow by default. Don't worry about nofollow versus follow. There is growing evidence that there is only a tiny difference for the outbound link. The main affect seems to be on the page where the comment was made. Basically, the owner gets no "penalty" for "bad" links.

    BTW, ditch IE and download Firefox. You'll be glad you did. Then there are dozens of extensions that will allow you to highlight which links are nofollow right on the webpage.


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