If you have many affiliate links on any post, it’s a great idea to add rel nofollow to external links in WordPress for better SEO, at the same time if you are linking to good quality external sources adding dofollow links to those sources make sense.
[symple_box style=”boxinfo”]Difference between “NoFollow” and “DoFollow” links
DoFollow Links: Search engine bot will follow these links and certain value will be given to them, based on the quality of your blog. Attribute rel=”dofollow” is used when we interlink the articles on the same blog.
NoFollow Links: If you add nofollow link to any word or link, it means you are telling the Search Engine Bot, not to follow those links. Attribute rel=”nofollow” is mostly used when we add a link to any low quality or affiliate links.
How to add rel nofollow to external links?
By default the links on any word will look like this
To make the above link nofollow, simply add an attribute rel nofollow to the link
<a href="http://indexwp.com" rel="nofollow">Indexwp</a>
How to Add Rel Nofollow to External Links in WordPress Using Plugins
Nofollow for external link
This plugin will automatically insert `rel=nofollow` and `target=_blank` to all the external links into your website posts or pages.
- Add rel=nofollow for all the external link of your blog/website posts/pages.
- Add target=_blank for all the external link of your blog/website posts/pages.
- This plugins will not add rel=nofollow and target=_blank any of the internal link of your blog/website posts/pages.
- If you already added rel=dofollow to any post manually, this plugins will not add rel=nofollow for that post.
- If you already added target=_blank to any post manually, this plugins will not add target=_blank for that post.
The external links plugin for WordPress lets you process outgoing links differently from internal links. Add an external link icon to outgoing links. You can use a attribute on links to override this.
Add rel=nofollow to the links. You can use a rel=”follow” attribute on links to override this
WP External Links
Open external links in a new window or tab, adding “nofollow”, set link icon, styling, SEO friendly options and more. Easy install and go.