What is Dofollow and Nofollow BackLinks?

What is Dofollow and Nofollow BackLinks? Is there a difference between these two?

Every single person who starts blogging thinks about SEO after posting some articles. Now although there are many types of SEO, but most people focus more on Backlinks only. Even today, many new Bloggers make backlinks in comments by searching the website on Google. In this process, they meet Dofollow and Nofollow links. As a blogger, it is very important for you to know about these two types of links.

If you too have just started your blogging career and you are learning about Search Engine Optimization (SEO) and Link Building, then it is very important to know about Dofollow and Nofollow links.

Before doing SEO of any website, you must take care of some things. Suppose you started a new blog, you gave this information to your friends through Facebook and WhatsApp, but how will Google know that there is such a website on the Internet.

Therefore, first of all, it is very important to generate XML Sitemap of your website and submit it to Google. For your information, let us tell you that the link to all the pages and posts of your blog is present in the XML Sitemap. You can generate it easily with the help of Yoast Seo plugin. When you submit XML Sitemap to Google Search Console, Google bots will visit your website, crawl your pages and Google will index them in their database.


After this, whenever a user searches on Google for something related to your website and the posts in it, Google will show your website or blog from its database.

What is Dofollow and Nofollow BackLinks?

Whenever a website gives a link to your website on any of its articles or pages, search engine bots follow that link. This gives your website Link Juice. Along with this, the ranking and domain authority of the website also improves.

By default all links are dofollow and search engine bots are also able to follow them along with humans. You also get a backlink in the form of a dofollow link. Example of dofollow link:

Nofollow links are not followed by search engine bots. Only humans can follow them. Although Nofollow links do not benefit your article or website much, but it is necessary to have both these links in regular quantity on your website. To make any link nofollow, rel=”nofollow” is added to it. Example of nofollow link:

How to check if a link is Dofollow or NoFollow?

If you have opened a website in the browser and you want to check a link, then right-click on it and select Inspect element. This will open the HTML code of that website in a window below. If that link is nofollow, then you will also see rel = nofollow along with the link. There is no rel tag in Dofollow link.

If you want to nofollow all external links of a page, then use meta robots in the header of the page like this.

With this, search engine bots will not follow the links present on the page. If you use Yoast Seo Plugin, then you will also get its option at the bottom of the post.

If any other website has nofollowed the links on its article through this process, then you cannot find out this thing by inspecting the link. In this case, you will have to right-click on that webpage and choose “View page source” in the options. After this, the source code of that website will open in the second tab. There you search “robots” by pressing CTRL+F. You will find the above mentioned meta tag in the header of that website.

When and where should Dofollow and Nofollow links be used?


If you know that the website you are linking to is a High-Quality Authoritative website.
Websites with High Domain Authority.
If you have copied content from someone’s website, then to mention the source.
To link blogs of Same Niche.

To link unrelated content. For example, suppose your website is on Health and you want to give a link to the Fashion website.
If for some reason you have to link low-quality websites like Betting, Gambling, etc etc.
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