Newbie Guide: Understanding DoFollow NoFollow Backlinks

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If you are following SEO, then you must have heard the term Dofollow & Nofollow links?

Have you ever thought what are they and how to detect them?

If your answer is yes, then in this post, I will be explaining about Nofollow and Dofollow link, their difference and how to check them.

So, if you are a newbie in SEO, this will be very useful for you.

Dofollow nofollow Pinterest pin


Backlink representation

Backlinks are created when one website link to another website.

If a website is linking one of your web pages on their website, then that link is called a backlink.

Usually, when bigger websites within your niche link to your website, then that backlink is considered the best.

However, if small websites from other niches link to your site, then the backlink doesn’t hold much value.


Dofollow links allow search bots & humans to follow them which acts as a vote of quality in SEO. This means search bots can flow from one website to another website through this link.

Here is an HTML code of a dofollow link.

<a href=””>Lifezeazy</a>   (Dofollow Link)

By default, all hyperlinks are dofollow.


Nofollow links allow only humans to follow them and doesn‘t act as a vote of quality in SEO. Such links don‘t allow search bots which means they can‘t crawl the linked page.

For example, if I linked one of your post in my site with a Nofollow tag, then search bots won’t crawl that link from my site to yours.

Here is an HTML code of a nofollow link.

<a href=”” rel=”no-follow”>Lifezeazy</a>  (Nofollow Link)

>>Read More: How to find & fix broken links on your blog to enhance SEO


While linking your post on different websites or forums, you might have wondered are they dofollow or nofollow?

Is there any way to find out?

Well, there are different ways you can use to detect a dofollow & nofollow link.

You can either use a manual method or use an add-on.


I will use the Mozilla browser for this method.

You can do the same with Chrome as well. The procedure will be the same except the window position on Chrome will be on the right side whereas, on Mozilla, it is at the bottom.

Now, to check a backlink, follow the below method.

  • Go to any link you want to check. As shown below, I will check the highlighted link which has an anchor text “here”.

Newbie Guide: Understanding DoFollow NoFollow Backlinks

  • Right-click on the web page & select inspect element.

Newbie Guide: Understanding DoFollow NoFollow Backlinks

  • At the bottom, you can see a window (On chrome, you can see the same on the right side)
  • Here you can see your link. If the link has a nofollow tag, then it’s a nofollow link as shown below.

Newbie Guide: Understanding DoFollow NoFollow Backlinks

  • If the link doesn‘t have any nofollow tag, then it’s a dofollow link.


To check the links with the help of an add-on, you need to install “Nofollow“ add-on on Chrome browser.

After installing, go to any web page where you want to check the links.

If you see a red dotted rectangle around links as shown below, then they are nofollow and if you can’t find them around a link, then they are dofollow.

Newbie Guide: Understanding DoFollow NoFollow Backlinks

I am pretty sure that you have completely understood the concept of both the links. However, if you still have doubts, don’t forget to comment below.

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