Using the “nofollow” attribute in your links enables you to tell Search Engines how to treat those links.
When a search engine sees the attribute (rel=”nofollow”) on hyperlinks, those links won’t get any credit when they rank websites or blogs in their search results.
Most of the larger sites and blogs use the “nofollow” tag by default to get higher page rank on search engines. This is being reffered to as “link juice” in certain circles. Let’s see if this is a goo analogy for you. When a search engine bot comes to spider and index your site it will read your code and naturally come across the links. If the bot finds the attribute “dofollow” on a link then it will leave to go to that site. If it comes to a link with the “nofollow” attribute it will continnue to read the code on your site. This is why you want to make sure your internal linking is “dofollow” although you may want to take the “dofollow” off of links to your contact or about pages. These are pages that most people really don’t care if they are indexed and have a high page rank.
For anyone who use WordPress as your blog platform and considering to use Nofollow on your blog, in order to help you insert rel= “nofollow” to your link automatically without doing it manually, I have compiled a list of the best WordPres Nofollow Plugins.
This WordPress plugin remove the “nofollow” attribute from your wordpress blog’s comments (precisely from the author’s links) and/or from the comments text links and it inserts (if you want) an image band at the top of your pages with the phrase: “NOFOLLOW FRE” to encourage your users to submit comments. The last release includes new options to replace the nofollow only when the author posted X comments before and put back the nofollow when some blacklisted words are matched. The replacement of the nofollow is also based on the users type (registered and visitor users). Every option can be customized by the options page “NOFF”.
NoFollow Free now is multilingual, it supports English, Spanish, Italian, German, Turkish, Swedish, French, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Danish, Arabic, Croatian, Norwegian, Indonesian, Dutch, Hungarian, Chinese, Japanese, Polish and Finnish languages.
Now it comes with a nice sidebar Widget support to show the top ten charts for the top commenters.
2. WP-NofollowPost – Simply adds a nofollow tag to all links within a post.
WP-NofollowPost adds nofollow tags to links in a post. This is done at the content-display level, meaning you don’t have to go back and apply this plugin to old posts. All posts will automatically display all links with nofollow tags in them after enabling this plugin.
3. Nofollow Blogroll SEO – Improves SEO while still giving link love to your favorite sites.
A simple plugin that adds rel=”nofollow” attribute to non-homepage Blogroll Links. Improves SEO while still providing some link love to your favorite sites. This plugin will allow you to give link love to sites in your Blogroll from the homepage of your blog, which is most likely the strongest page anyway. On all the other pages of your site, the rel=”nofollow” attribute will be added to Blogroll links to prevent unnecessary bleeding of link juice. This is different from some other plugins in that it doesn’t add nofollow to the Blogroll links on the homepage.
4. Nofollow Reciprocity – Improves your blog PageRank and search engines rankings
This plugin detects links to above mentioned sites, and puts ‘nofollow’ tags on them. ‘Do unto others as you would have others do unto you.’ WordPress is a major blogging platform, with millions of users. If many people using WordPress use this plugin, other big sites may reconsider their ‘nofollow’ strategy. This plugin expands on Wikipedia nofollow plugin hacked by a revolted blogger.
5. Nofollow filter – the easiest way to add “nofollow” to links on your content
Nofollow Filter is a WordPress plugin that automatically adds “nofollow” attribute to links you choose.
6. Ultimate Noindex Nofollow Tool – “noindexing” pages you choose.
noindex robots meta tag to archives, categories, search pages, tags, author pages, login, admin pages or any other page you choose.
This plugin can add rel=”noindex,nofollow” to archive, tag, and category links. You can configure exactly which links are given which attributes. For instance, you could add rel=”noindex,nofollow” to all of your tag links, rel=”noindex” to all of your archive links, and nothing to your category links.
Nofollow Links in Posts plugin enables you to add the “nofollow” attribute into links in a post within a specified category. This plugin is useful if you are doing sponsored posts. You can set the plugin to add the “nofollow” attribute for posts older than “X” days.
Add Nofollow searches for links to large websites that use the ‘nofollow’ tags for external links, and puts the same tag on your links to those sites.
Add Nofollow adds ‘nofollow’ tags to websites like Digg, Reddit, Youtube and other large websites that do the same to you.
Say no to nofollow but without losing control for comment links, pingbacks and trackbacks. Apply nofollow to your follow links wherever you like. Its features:
- Strip nofollow from comment links, pingbacks and trackbacks (default).
- Selectively apply nofollow to any comment link you do not like to support.
- Selectively apply nofollow to any comment author link you do not like to support.
- If you like to open your comment links in a new window you can do that.
Credit to Pingbox.co.cc for this article.