Difference between follow and nofollow links explained

Hi everyone! I’m guessing you want to know the Difference between follow and nofollow links? in this case, you’re in the right place. Today I’m going to shortly cover follow and nofollow linking.

if you want an in-depth tutorial into nofollow links visit this article: SEO nofollow links: a 5-minute explanation. Without any further delay, let’s get to it.

FOLLOW(dofollow) and NOFOLLOW links

In our super digital era, website rise and fall by the sword of their SEO. This has a significant impact on the success and future of your website. If you didn’t know already, links have a huge impact on how we rank and how fast.

There are many factors that can affect this. Proper Link structure can either help you rise or bring upon your downfall. Hence, proper linking is required.
link structure

Link structure

Now that we understand the importance of proper link structre, let me explain the diffrence between these two directives.


lets take a look at the attribute live:

<a href=”” rel=”dofollow”>this is a follow link</a>

When we specify a follow directive, in short, what we do is, we tell the search engine bot that the content at the other side of that link should be followed and accounted for. Meaning, its important to the content and the article. However, if you didn’t know this already, SEO Juice flows between follow links. Let’s look at this as a water tap, specifying a follow directive opens the tap to everybody else.

Why would i want to share my juice with anyone?!

Well, in general, you won’t. Specifying a follow directive is good when you want to share some juice to lets say, for instance: your other website. Pretty simple.


We already know what the follow directive means, now if we look at its counterpart we can assume what it does. If the follow directive opens a tap of SEO juice, the nofollwo directive closes it.

In most cases, you will add a no follow directive when you link to external websites. makes sense right? you won’t want to share your precious SEO juice and hard work with external resources and websites.

Lets conclude this subject

As you can see, it’s all pretty straightforward. don’t get mixed up with these two. follow opens the tap to SEO juice, nofollow closes it. finally, a last word of caution, don’t spam follow links. And if you liek you can read Google’s words on it Here.

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