Nofollow Backlinks


I have this new website and I am doing SEO, 2 weeks before I checked backlinks in SEM rush it said none. But now it shows some backlinks to my website. This is good progress, right? But the thing is there is a column called link type and mostly it shows no follow or no follow deleted.So, basically, my backlinks are useless? How can i get proper backlinks?

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No matter what “SEO experts” are telling ya: Nofollow links are NOT useless. Actually, they are quite helpful in giving your backlink portfolio a natural feel. Also, they add some extra value to your dofollow links.

But you need some.

Could you please specify your efforts so far? What are your backlink building strategies? Forums? Guest Articles? Broken Link Building?

Maybe I’ll find a way how you can get dofollow links!

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Nowfollow backlink isn ot good for Google rank. Try to dofollow backlink.

Both nofollow and dofollow links are important. But the percentage of dofollow backlinks must be greater than nofollow.

I’m seeing replies making assertions, but sorry, they seem more like opinion rather than fact.
What I would prefer to see are statements backed up with either a link to a Google, Bing or other search engine source reference, or a discussion detailing personal experience that supports the claim.

Simply saying things like “x percentage of nofollow links fools Google into thinking the other links are normal and worth something” sounds like SEO “snake oil” to me.

AFAIK Page Rank is a thing of the past, and backlinks as a whole are a relatively very small factor in SERP positioning.


Backlinks are a small SERP factor? You should back up THIS statement…

“Backlinks remain an extremely important Google ranking factor” (Source: Backlinko)
Andrey Lipattsev, a Search Quality Senior Strategist at Google, says the two most important ranking factors are links and content. (Source: Searchengineland)
Links are the #1 ranking factor. (Source: Monitorbacklinks)


Btt: “The most important thing to remember, though, is that you need a balance on the type of links you get.
On one hand, if all your links are only dofollow, Google and other search engines will view this as manipulative and tag your links as spammy, even if you didn’t do anything fishy.” (Source: Linkody)

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Thanks, it seems my AFAIK was “not enough” :scream_cat:

I finished the video, (it was interesting to see the Larry Page of PR) here’s more of what I take from it

  • the top two factors are page content and back links
  • RankBrain can influence but is still a WIP
  • links are more short term effect
  • content is more long term effect
  • mobile friendly pages are becoming more important
  • a smart phone (revision?) will be rolled out in May

No where did I see Andrey Lipattsev specifically mention nofollow links in regards to ratio or otherwise. Nor do I see how they would have anything to do with link profiles considering Google doesn’t follow them.

I agree that nofollow links are important for getting traffic, but I think the “ratio” effect is because the number of links that don’t have nofollow increase more gradually.
i.e. in terms of SEO it would be the same as without any nofollow links at all. Though as said, in terms of traffic, all links, including nofollow links, could be important.

So far I have been doing, submitting my sites on

  1. Dofollow bookmarking sites
  2. Dofollow directory sites
  3. Dofollow Blog commenting
  4. Dofollow forums
  5. social media

( I searched google and found those sites as dofollow now I am not sure whether it is dofollow or no follow)

Nofollow and Dofollow both links are important to rank in google but focus more on dofollow links maintain ratio between them. and don’t just submit your blog’s link in social bookmarking sites you have to give those backlinks natural feel and also consider anchor texts for links.

good luck :slight_smile:

This contradicts what Google’s own guidelines on link schemes say.

Additionally, creating links that weren’t editorially placed or vouched for by the site’s owner on a page, otherwise known as unnatural links, can be considered a violation of our guidelines. Here are a few common examples of unnatural links that may violate our guidelines:
Links with optimized anchor text in articles or press releases distributed on other sites.

^ That whole article is relevant to this topic.

Thanks Sam :slight_smile:

Let’s put it this way: It’s impossible to build a natural and big portfolio without nofollow links.They belong to backlink building like oxygen to the air.

However, it’s all about the mix, the ratio of your links. If you’re building links in forums, comments, etc., don’t worry about nofollow links. On the other hand, if you’re creating an in-depth guest article, I would insist of a dofollow link. Think of building links in packages. The dofollow link is the precious thing, that you’ve packed inside of your package and the nofollow links are the padding material keeping it safe.

Can’t agree with you for sure. Both No-follow and Do-follow links are important. If you build all do-follow links, Google might take this suspicious. Ratio of Do-follow and No-follow must be maintained.

OK, that’s three more of what I consider opinion not fact
If even one of you can link to a Google source reference, I’ll gladly change my mind. Until then, as far as I’m concerned, the concept of “ratio” being an SEO factor to any extent whatsoever is only another example of misleading SEO snake oil.

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Agreed. They are of no use for SEO purposes, but they can bring traffic to your site.

I presume by that that you mean only followed links will affect SEO, so it would be beneficial from that point of view to have more of those. (Otherwise it sounds as if there’s some kind of “magic formula” you need to follow, which is clearly nonsense. )

Google is generally pretty good at distinguishing good from bad links. It also has guidelines on where `rel=“nofollow” should be used, and that is primarily for user-submitted links (which it describes as “not editorially vouched for”). So if your links are primarily those you have placed yourself, then they should be mostly “nofollow”, or you will look as if you’re engaging in link schemes. Creating links with the intention of manipulating search results is a violation of both Google’s and Bing’s TOS. If, however, the bulk of your links are earned, and come from other sites choosing to link to yours, then it would be expected that those links will be followed.

At best, you’ve been wasting your time with this approach. For one thing, many of the lists you find of so-called “dofollow” sites (there is, of course, no such attribute) are hopelessly out-of-date. SitePoint forums have been nofollow since before I joined in 2011, yet it still regularly appears on lists of “dofollow forums”.

At best, those links will be ignored by search engines as low quality; at worst, you may find your site penalised, if you are judged to have violated the guidelines. (already posted by @SamA74)


Both no follow and do follow links are important but we should have to limit no follow links as they are useful for getting traffic only. But do follow backlinks give us traffic as well as increase our domain authority and page authority also.

As my work experience say both do follow and no follow link are important for any website. but no follow links percentage counting must be lover then do follow.

No follow link are not improve you website SEPR ranking but they are helping to improve your website DA and PA and much more.

There needs to be some nofollow backlinks to your dofollow backlinks. It has to look natural and there is no natural website on the internet that only has dofollow backlinks on it. Also, it takes time for Google and any other crawler (like SEMRush) to find links to your site, so no worry :slight_smile:

Do you have an authoritative source for that, or is it simply your opinion?

As neither DA nor PA has any effect on SEO, can you explain what you see as the benefit of “improving” them?

I fully agree with @fibonacci. Yes nofollow link quit helpful. But try to create more dofollow link. If you create more dofollow links then the balance will be maintain. The link chain show natural or organic with the bunch of nofollow and dofollow links.