Updated: 11/13/2018 by Computer Hope
nofollow attribute

The nofollow attribute is an anchor attribute that tells search engines and other web robots not to follow a hyperlink on a web page. For example, user comments in an online forum may add the nofollow attribute to an user-submitted link. Doing so prevents posted links from being used to artificially inflate the page rank of external sites.

How to create a link with a nofollow

<a href="" rel="nofollow">

Where should I add the nofollow attribute?

You should give the nofollow attribute to:

  • Any link you don't want to contribute to page rank.
  • Links not related to your website.
  • User-generated links.
  • Links that are part of a script that creates similar content.

Below is a list of the most common places the nofollow attribute is used on websites.


If the hyperlink is pointing to a different website that is related to the web page content, it is a good idea to not include the nofollow attribute. Some believe that they should include a nofollow link on all links that points to a different website. However, Google and other search engines reward websites that have quality related links.

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