How to Detect Nofollow Links

Three Methods:Using Source CodeUsing a nofollow Addon/Extension in Google ChromeUsing a nofollow Addon/Extension in Mozilla Firefox

Many websites that allow visitors to post articles or comments use the nofollow attribute, such as wikiHow, WordPress, and YouTube. This value, which targets potential spam, instructs search engines that a hyperlink should not influence the ranking of the link’s target in the search engine’s index. You can detect nofollow links either by using source code, or by installing browser extensions or addons.

Method 1
Using Source Code

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    Right-click on the document you wish to inspect.
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    Select “View page source”.
    • Alternatively, right-click on the link you wish to inspect.
    • Click on “Inspect element” in order to view the source.
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    Press ctrl+f to open a search box. Type in “nofollow” and press enter.
    • If you can see rel=”nofollow”, that is a nofollow link.

Method 2
Using a nofollow Addon/Extension in Google Chrome

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    Visit the Chrome Web Store.
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    Search for the NoFollow extension.
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    Click on “Add to Chrome” to install the extension.
    • Alternatively, you can install the MozBar SEO Toolbar from Moz.
    • To launch it, you can either click on the “M” icon on the top right-hand side of your browser, or use the hotkey, CTRL + Shift + Alt + M.
    • Clicking on the “Highlight” icon will activate highlighting of dofollow and nofollow links.

Method 3
Using a nofollow Addon/Extension in Mozilla Firefox

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    Install the Greasemonkey add-on.
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    Click on “Add to Firefox” and “Allow”.
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    Click on “Install Now” to restart your browser.
    • Alternatively, you can download the NoDoFollow plugin for Firefox.
    • To use the plugin, right-click and select “NoDoFollow”. It will automatically highlight all the links on the page in either red (nofollow) or blue (dofollow).

Tips

  • A nofollow link is generated with the HTML tag, <a href=”http://www.website.com/” rel=”nofollow”>Link Text</a>
  • External links on almost all Wikimedia wikis are tagged with rel=”nofollow”.
  • wikiHow also uses nofollow links to help reduce spamming.
  • Scroll down to “Sources and Citations” on this page to detect live nofollow links.
  • If a website does not use nofollow links, it will not be found anywhere in the page.

Warnings

  • You sometimes may not find nofollow links on blogs that have no user-generated content (such as a comment).
  • Some links are masked, in order to conceal a nofollow link. The Pretty Link plugin from WordPress is one such example. If this is the case, you will not see the link anywhere in the code.

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