In my previous post i talked and explained what a nofollow tag is, here we will talk about how to check links with rel=”nofollow” tag on a particular page. I guess we all familiar with the fact that rel=”nofollow” tag prevent search engines from indexing the link, so it’s better to check the status of other links on that page before linking your page to it.
Think this, you just finished writing an awesome blog post but as usual it isn’t that popular in its initial stage. What’s next ? you pick a keyword to promote your blog post and you start building backlinks for it. You build 100′s of link but still your blog post is nowhere near first page of search results for your picked keyword.
We all know how frustrating link building can be and things like this happens, you are so busy in building backlinks for your article/blog post that you barely look at the webpages properly you are linking to. It leads only into frustration.
- To avoid this first be sure you are building some great backlinks, not just submission types of links because anything you are submitting to automated directories and blog commenting isn’t worth. Read Top 5 Link Building Mistakes you should avoid.
- Second, before linking your page or content always check whether that particular page has rel=”nofollow” attribute set to hyperlinks in that page or not.
How to check Nofollow links
There are several ways to find out whether your link on a given particular page has rel=”nofollow” tag in it or not. Easiest method which works on all browser is finding the nofollow tag in source of page. To do this all you need to do is select your anchor text in the page > right click > view selection source, a window will open and there you can see whether your link has nofollow tag in it or not. If this doesn’t works for you, you can also Right click in your browser and select page source to see nofollow tag in your link, this usually is a tedious method because do this you you will have to find your anchor text first in the page which makes it a bit hectic IMO.
Checking Nofollow links with add-ons
Who want’s to do manual work when there are tools available to do the same thing, right ? and that too at free of cost. There are two tools/add-ons which i personally like and use them all the time.
1st) SearchStatus :- SearchStatus is a toolbar from Quirk.biz which is available for Firefox and Seamonkey. Along with information about rel=”nofollow” links this toolbar will give you N number of information like Alexa ranking, google page rank, compete.com ranking, moz rank and lots more. Once you are done downloading and installing the toolbar it will appear on right-bottom of your browser (you can change the position later, also you need to restart the browser to take effect). Now, to see the number of nofollow links on a page right click on the searchstatus icon and click on Highlight nofollow links. See image below. Also you can see the diversity of option this toolbar gives. You can also keep the option active if you want to see the nofollow links on other pages which you may browse in future.
After doing this every link on that particular page which has rel=”nofollow” tag in it will appear in pinkish colour. See the attachment below, how nofollow link looks like when you activate this option.
You can download SearchStatus toolbar from here
2) NoDoFollow :- This is another awesome add-on available for firefox. Best thing about this add-on is you can check both nofollow and dofollow links at same time. I personally love this add-on because gives me exactly what i’m looking for. Once you have installed this add-on it’s pretty simple to check nofollow and dofollow links. To do this first let the page load completely, once the page is loaded, just right click on the page and select Nodofollow just like in the image given below.
What i like about this add-on is, it shows both dofollow and nofollow link in two different colour. Dofollow links will appear in light blue colour while nofollow links will appear in pinkish colour, same as searchstatus. It becomes easy for us to differentiate both dofollow and nofollow links.
You can install this addon from here.
So, which add-on or toolbar you are using in your SEO process ? Is it good or you find these tools/add-on better ? Do let us know your views on this, also if there’s any other way, addon or toolbar to find nofollow links (there’s plenty out there) which you think are better than these two, please share it with our readers.