How To Add The Nofollow Tag Manually

How To Add The Nofollow Tag Manually

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There are plugins that add the nofollow tag for you, I use one myself, but there may come a time when you need to add the nofollow tag manually. For instance, I noticed my plugin isn’t working with the new Gutenberg update, so I thought I’d write a post on how to add a nofollow tag manually.

What Is Nofollow?

A nofollow tag tells search engines not to follow that link. You can read all about nofollow and dofollow links in a post I have written here.

How To Add The Nofollow Tag To A Link

Switch to the HTML/Text editor and find your link. A regular follow link will look like this:

<a href=”https://suefoster.info/”>Sue Foster</a>

To change it to nofollow, add the rel=”nofollow” tag as below:

<a href=”https://suefoster.info/” rel=”nofollow”>Sue Foster</a>

When Your Link Is Set To Open In A New Window

When you set links to open in a new window, the link is bit different and you will see it already has rel=”noopener“:

<a href=”https://suefoster.info/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener”>Sue Foster</a>

Because it already has rel inserted, you don’t need to add another or delete this one, you can simply add nofollow straight into the rel tag like below:

<a href=”https://suefoster.info/” target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow noopener”>Sue Foster</a>

You will find when looking at links that open in a new window using the Gutenberg editor,  it inserts a noreferrer tag automatically as well as noopener and your link will look something like this before you insert your nofollow tag:

<a href=”https://suefoster.info/” target=”_blank” rel=” noreferrer  noopener”>Sue Foster</a>

I delete the noreferrer tag after having read the following advice on The Blog Fixer.

If you’re using Amazon affiliate links, Amazon needs to know where the link originated from. This noreferrer tag prevents the destination site from knowing where the link came from, so your site won’t be getting all the credit it deserves for referral traffic in Google Analytics.

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How To Add The Nofollow Tag Manually
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