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YashTop Contributor
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Asked a question 3 years ago

Differentiate between No-follow and Do-follow links in SEO.

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No-follow link instructs search engines bots that a hyperlink should not influence the link target’s ranking in the search engine index. It reduces the effectiveness of search engine spams and improves the quality of search engine results.

Do-follow links allow search engines to follow them and reach your website, giving the link juice and a backlink.

Puru BhatnagarTop Contributor
Business Analyst, Entrepreneur, Business developer, Marketer

To understand the comcept of do-follow and no-follow links we must first understand how the search engine works.

so when we search anything on search engine there is crawler then is working behind and it crawls through the different millions of  webpages that are having similar keywords that  you have mentioned while searching on the search engine bar.

So this crawler go to page to page and look for the most relevant pages, now the thing is if any page contains links in it( either in comments section or in the main bidy text) the crawler jump to the page that is linked to and this is also one of the reason to increase creadibility of your webpage.

Now if we look to the no-follow links, actually no-follow is the attribute of a HTML tag called anchor tag, this tag doesn't let the crawler to jump to the link that is linked through this anchor tag, whereas for do-follow link it allows the crawler to jump to the respective page.

Also the value or creadibility score for do-follow link is more than a no-follow link

When website a gets a link from another site or a page there are 2 ways to linked. The first is Dofollow and the second one is Nofollow. These both do a similar job of linking between to pages or websites. However, there is differences between them, Lets Discuss them!


A dofollow link is a link that helps in terms of SEO by passing the authority of the origin site to the destination site. This passing of authority is called, “link juice.” Acquiring dofollow backlinks will help improve a website’s domain authority, or domain rating, which in turn, helps to improve keyword ranking.

By default, links are dofollow, so there is no need for rel=”dofollow” when linking to a website.

No follow: 

A nofollow link is a link that is not typically used in PageRank calculations. Nofollow links are a way for publishers to tag links so search engines like Google do not count them as points (or votes) to affect the placement of a web page in the search engine results pages (SERPs).

However, nofollow and dofollow links are both important for a healthy backlink profile and can help you acquire targeted traffic from the linked websites. So it’s good to work on increasing both forms of backlinks for SEO and brand awareness.