If you’re doing SEO or have some knowledge of search engine optimization, you would heard of these two terms – DoFollow and NoFollow. In simple words, both of these are HTML properties of rel attribute that are used to suggest search engines to follow or not to follow the links.
However, both of these links have importance in different places but still DoFollow links are more useful and powerful as compared to NoFollow links and that’s why many website owners buy Dofollow links from high PR sites to improve traffic and page rank.
But, if you’re having a problem of checking if a link is DoFollow or NoFollow, this article will guide you in this regard. Here I wrote plenty of methods to easily check whether a link is NoFollow or DoFollow.
Though, in this resource you will learn many more things about NoFollow and DoFollow links but firstly let me tell you how to notice a link type; whether it is DoFollow or NoFollow.
Here’s How to Check if a Link is DoFollow or NoFollow
Following are the easiest and effective methods to know if a link on a webpage is DoFollow or NoFollow:
1. Using Source Code
It is one of the common method to check whether a link is DoFollow or NoFollow. This method works in every web browsers. But, for using this method you should have a very bit knowledge of HTML tags to judge rel=”nofollow” or rel=”dofollow” tags.
For example, you want to check example.com link to know if author made it DoFollow or NoFollow. For this, simply right click on the webpage and click on View Source Code option.
Now, press Ctrl+F and enter example.com, it will display wherever on the webpage this link is used and at the end of URL you can notify HTML tags for NoFollow or DoFollow as mentioned above.
So, this is the most authentic and reliable method for checking if any website link is DoFollow or NoFollow.
2. Using “NoFollow” Chrome Extension
If you’re having difficulty in using the above method, you can use NoFollow Chrome extension to find all the nofollow links on a webpage.
All you need to add this extension from Chrome Web Store and it will automatically start working. It shows all the links with rel=”nofollow” attribute within a red dotted rectangle. And every link within this red dotted rectengle is nofollow. So, isn’t it a simplest method to check nofollow links on a webpage?
Still, if you unstatisfied with both of the above methods or you’re a Firefox user, let me tell you about one more method that Firefox users can use to check the link’s type (nofollow or dofollow).
3. Using “NoFollow” Firefox Addon
Just like Google Chrome, Fiefox also provide a great extension to highlight links in a page according to nofollow / dofollow status.
To add this addon to your Firefox browser, visit NoFollow Firefox addon page and add this addon to your Firefox browser.
Once this addon is added to your Firefox browser you can easily check any link if it is nofollow or dofollow. For this, right click on the webpage and check NoFollow option from the menu. It will show all the dofollow links in Blue color and nofollow links in Red color. Isn’t it easy?
That’s all! I hope these three methods are enough let you check if a link is DoFollow or NoFollow. Let me know via comments if you feel any difficulty!
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Understanding DoFollow & NoFollow Links
Placing rel=”nofollow” attribute with any link means you’re suggesting search engines for not to follow this link. So, NoFollow links are used for low quality websites or for the sites you don’t sure about their quality so that your website’s quality and pagerank won’t affect.
Whereas rel=”dofollow” tag means you’re highly recommending search engines to follow the link because you’re confident about its quality.
And it’s also a fact that having more amount of DoFollow links from high pagerank sites increases your page rank and website ranking in search engines.
It doesn’t mean that NoFollow links are useless! NoFollow links have their own importance at different place. They help you to drive more traffic than dofollow links and helps to improve your Alexa rank.