Dofollow vs nofollow for affiliate links

Recently i came across to a new concept in seo which is dofollow and nofollow links. I have a coupon and deals site. So i want to know should i mark affiliate outbound links as nofollow or leave them as they are.
Is it necessary to have nofollow and dofollow tags.
What is the criteria to set these tags??

if get link dofollow is good

Hi @hoachattrantien,

Welcome to the forum.

Can you explain why you think it is good to use the dofollow parameter?


<meta name="robots" content="noindex, nofollow">

The OP is not about getting
It’s whether or not to make affiliate links nofollow or not.

BTW, I wouldn’t call it a “new” concept.

you can read at google

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Links What is DoFollow ?
Rel attributes that we put in the path of the card with rel = " dofollow " .
VD : I have a card like this
While backlink ’ Forum ’ rel attribute your = " dofollow " , the robot of google , also known as spider will think ’ ah this is the first secure link that web users need to know to index it in league ’ google would point to that path and index .


Links Nofollow is what?
Being back links with DoFollow , when you build attribute rel = " nofollow " google spider will understand that ’ ah so this boss informed her web should not care about it , only for it with the amount of traffic blow’.

Please post a link to the Google page that explains the use of rel="dofoolow" I would like to learn more about it.

So you are saying that you think Rechtech should let Google follow the affiliate links in his site’s pages?

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The criteria I use is that any link I add to the page is one that I want there and want the search engines to be able to follow. Any that other people can add are ones I don’t want the search engines to follow and so those links will be rel=“nofollow”


nofollow tags were first introduced to deter comment spamming on blogs by people who were massively manipulating search engine results with worthless comments that achieved two evils:

  1. annoyed blog publishers and readers
  2. successfully manipulated search engine results.

In my opinion however, the nofollow tag has been taken way to far and its now used almost everywhere online that allows normal people to post links. As a result, natural backlinking efforts contribute to less and less weight in organic search engine results.

so increase buying backlink dofollow it call not google for website good not on top google


Something like this?

<a href="">Some Page</a>

BTW - the topic being discussed is not what nofollow is or isn’t - there are already countless topics here and elsewhere about that.

lol, kind of an oxymoron isn’t it?

Anyway, to get back On-Topic,


I repeat

when was that - it certainly isn’t part of HTML 5.

I had assumed that this was about the rel attribute which is allowed on <link> and <a> tags to say something about the file linked to - eg rel=“stylesheet” for a stylesheet, rel=“home” for a link tag identifying the home page of a site or rel=“nofollow” for a link that search engines shouldn’t follow. This attribute was added back in the 20th century although nofollow wasn’t one of the values you could use for the first decade or so that the attribute existed.

Just for the benefit of anyone else who isn’t aware of the fact.
There is no such thing as rel="dofollow"
There is either rel="nofollow", or an absence of that attribute for links you want spiders to follow.


These two links to Google guidelines should help you to decide where the use of “nofollow” is appropriate:

You might also find the following, about affiliate sites, helpful:

[quote=“hoachattrantien, post:9, topic:213567, full:true”]
so increase buying backlink dofollow it call not google for website good not on top google
[/quote]I’m sorry - I don’t understand what you’re trying to say here. But I suggest you read the first link I posted. It explains Google’s view of link schemes, and makes clear that the buying or selling of links which pass PR is a violation of their guidelines.


I mean to say that it is new concept for me , as i am newbie to blogging,


It is possible to get yourself backlinks in a white hat way that makes sense. For example, you are a very active person online and contribute information throughout the web in many places. Why not give some sort of search engine weight to links that you post. The widespread implementation of the nofollow tag makes this idea impossible. The whole idea behind it from google’s perspective is “We don’t have enough control over links and cant come up with a more legitimate way to flag spammy links so why not just nuke as many as we possibly can” Nofollow tags are basically Nuclear Link Bombs, metaphorically speaking.

Anyways, to the original poster, i used to run alot of affiliate sites and i would always use php redirects for my affiliate links. I would always add a nofollow attribute to these links for 2 reasons:

  1. I wanted to control the pagerank power of every link on my page. At the time, i thought that I was. In retrospect, i have no idea whether or not a link on a page with a nofollow tag still absorbs pagerank even though I know that it doesn’t contribute to the pagerank of the url you’re linking to.
  2. The sites i were promoting as an affiliate ranked high for terms i was targeting and i didn’t want my affiliate urls to contribute to their rank improving for the very keywords i was trying to outrank them for. No one wants their affiliate links to serve the purpose of voting for a site in the context of their page. They just use affiliate links so that they can get paid for referalls. Basically, Affiliate links create a black hole within the whole concept of links counting as a vote for a particular domain. Nofollow tags serve a good purpose in the arena of affiliate links, but they create all kinds of problems too.

Using nofollow tags always result in collateral damage to your ranking efforts. They must be used very carefully.

One common tactic to control the collateral damage caused by nofollow tags is to use absolute positioning for any outbound linking that requires the logical use of a nofollow tag.

What does Absolute Positioning Allow You to Achieve?

absolute positioning allows you to keep all your links that you nofollow at the bottom of the page source [which is what bots crawl] while visually appearing to the visitor in more prominent areas of the page.

Absolute positioning IS the most effective tactic an affiliate linker can use to create some sort of balance of linking to others while maintaining the ranking power. This method is used by many of the top ranking sites in the MOST COMPETITIVE markets worldwide and IT WORKS.

How can I Implement Absolute Positioning for Affiliate Links?

Lets say you’re writing a toplist article and your goal is for the visitor to not only get important information about this particular niche of toplists, it is for the user to see your toplist and utilize it while maintaining your ability to distribute link power to your internal pages.

The most seo effective way to do this is not to put your toplist at the top of the text body, it is to allow your text body to exist at the top of the source code with internal and outbound links you want to give pagerank to … All the while having your toplist appear to the visitor in a prominent position.

Absolute positioning can allow you to achieve this type of result. However, using absolute positioning with unique affiliate linking within every page requires a custom post type setup with custom fields and proper css design made by someone who knows what they are doing.

I really find this whole post you’ve just made very difficult to take seriously. Absolute positioning is a CSS method, which I very much doubt Google, or any other search engine, is taking the slightest interest in. Search engines will be reading the HTML and interpreting both the text content and the semantic meaning of the tags wrapped around it. As the links you’re referring to could be placed anywhere within the flow of the HTML before being taken out of the flow using absolute positioning, I’m inclined to take this ‘technique’ as no more than an unproven theory at this point.


IIRC there was a time in the distant past where Google reportedly parsed only the beginning “x” lines of a page.
AFAIK Google is now quite capable of parsing extremely long pages.

I can see the logic. “If it’s last in the page source, it can be assumed it’s less important to me, Therefore Google will give it less value too” .

I would still need to see a comment from Google itself to believe this is the case though.

So the shelf life has expired on this particular brand of Snake Oil.

Why it makes no sense to me.
We are talking about “nofollow” links, the post suggests that nofollow links do something negative, something they want to prevent.
What nofollow does is cause Google to ignore the link and not pass Page Rank through it. So the action is to “do nothing”. It may be that this lack of action is the “bad thing” that they wish to avoid happening.
So effectively what they are trying to do is prevent an “inaction”, to stop nothing from happening, via css.
Surely Google will ignore the link or do nothing to exactly the same extent regardless of where the links appear in the document.

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I have great difficulty understanding the apparent mis-use of the term absolute positioning and the idea that nofollow links are somehow negative.