If you read the Google guidelines, you can learn something about your blog links, and how they look to Google crawlers. The most important part is the ”Nofollow” attribute for advertisements and non-trusted sites. So, today, I’ll talk about how to add Nofollow to links in WordPress websites.
This is not complicated as the explanation, especially, if you’ve just started with blogging. You can’t really edit your links that way, the good news is that you can add “Nofollow” attribute to any link with just a click.
What you need is a WordPress plugin called Rel Nofollow Checkbox, it’s a great solution that saves time. I used other plugins in the past, but, they’re all complicated and needs settings for the first time. The worst thing is, with those plugins, you can’t control all your links, there is no option for one single link. That’s why the Ultimate Nofollow is the best free plugin for your WordPress site.
Add Nofollow with the “WordPress Nofollow” Plugin
As I said, this is a powerful and simple plugin to manage every link that you add to posts. It adds an option to ”Nofollow” a link when you’re setting it the first time. Also, you can delete the Nofollow attribute, if you want anytime. You don’t have to edit your theme or functions or to play with codes that broke your blog.
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So, install the plugin, activate it, and then, add the Nofollow attribute to your advertisement links. It’s the best way to follow the Google guidelines about links. The last thing that you need is to be penalized from search engines.
The plugin doesn’t have a complicated setting page. But, it includes two options, one to Nofollow all the comment links, and the second is to Nofollow all your blogroll links.
That’s great for you, you don’t need to edit anything, all you have to do is to add links as usual, but this time, you’ll notice another checkbox added below the “open link in a new window”. You need to check it to add the Nofollow. You can edit the two options and find them under ”Settings”, then ”Nofollow” in your WordPress dashboard.
Please remember to think about your website SEO. If you have links to your pages or your homepage, the best thing to do is to forget the NoFollow attribute, you need to help yourself and not losing link juice from your website. At the same time, make sure to add NoFollow to your advertising links, in banners, or links. Never forget that the Google guidelines can also help, your advertising links should be No Followed in all cases.
If you link to websites that you don’t really trust at 100%, then, it will be better to add ”No Follow” to their links. And make sure to control your links from time to time, find broken links and replace them, this is an important thing to do when you care about your website.
Watch this short video to learn how to use the plugin, but with another similar tool.
If you don’t know how to add the Nofollow to your banner ads, for example, you can just edit that banner in a draft page, then, click the banner and the link button. The final step is to check the ”Add Nofollow” to link. You can then delete the draft page.