How To Add NoFollow Links in WordPress Blog?

How To Add NoFollow Links in WordPress Blog?

Want to add nofollow links in WordPress Blog?

But not getting any easy & convenient method for adding nofollow link attribute for your external links.

So, are you ready to learn how to add rel = “nofollow” attribute to your outbound links?

Now, let’s start😇.

In briefly, we all know, the Nofollow link attribute is a widely used link attribute used for google crawlers to guide them on how to perform crawling when navigating a site.

And when it comes to optimizing links for search engines, dofollow and nofollow links attributes are the most frequently used terms in SEO.

Where dofollow links add greater SEO value in web optimization but if we talk about nofollow links, these links don’t provide any SEO value to search engines because these instruct google crawlers not to follow the link.

In terms of SEO value, dofollow and nofollow links are mostly used when we interlink any blog posts & pages to external site’s blogs & pages to enhance content relevancy.

And this is the actual condition… exactly!

Internal linking, where we majorly use follow and nofollow links.

Internal linking is now a top-ranking factor for SEO and it is also becoming a necessary activity in search engine optimization as it reduces site’s bounce rate and increases user retention on-site and that’s why internal linking is important.

So, In this article, I’ll explain to you how to add nofollow links in WordPress blog if your blog has multiple outbound links.

WordPress allows you to add Nofollow link attribute via 2 methods.

  1. Through Manual approach by editing in HTML code
  2. By using WordPress plugin to edit link

Note- This manual approach is useful for you if you don’t want to use any plugin for this simple task and this approach is also best to avoid the usage of unnecessary plugins to make your site lightweight for faster loading.

WordPress provides you an easy user interface to edit HTML code in its classic editor where you can easily edit your links to set it as Nofollow.

Now, let’s understand how to add the Nofollow link attribute in WordPress through a manual approach or we can say that without a plugin use.


Method 1 – Through Manual Approach By Editing in HTML Code

Step 1.

If you want to add a Nofollow link with an anchor text, just select the whole text on which you want to apply a Nofollow link and then click on the insert link button.


How to add nofollow links in WordPress without plugin


Step 2.

And now just copy and paste that outbound link ( or external link ) into the add link box to which you want to add a Nofollow link attribute to make it a Nofollow link.


How to add nofollow links in WordPress without plugin


Step 3.

Now just paste a link and press enter button on your keyboard to apply that link on a selected text.


How to add nofollow links in WordPress manually


Step 4.

Now, your targeted destination link has been added to the selected text and now this link is a default link means both search engine crawlers and users can follow this link until we make any modifications.


How to add nofollow links in wordpress


Step 5.

To make modifications to the HTML link tag, just click on vertically aligned three points and now click on Edit the HTML.


how to add rel nofollow to external links in wordpress


Step 6.

Now, your blog’s HTML source code is opened, just type CTRL+F and type href in the search box.

Now, this will highlight all links that are present on your blog and you’ll see that currently all links are set as Dofollow links.


How to add nofollow to external links wordpress


This is because, by default, all links are naturally Dofollow links.


Step 7.

So, here we are, just find your targeted link and edit link by adding rel= “nofollow” link attribute whom you want to mark as a nofollow link.


Add nofollow in wordpress


Step 8.

Now, you’ve successfully created your nofollow link by adding a small piece of HTML code in the link.


Add nofollow in wordpress


Step 9.

Now, just go back to your default blog editor, click on three vertically aligned points, and simply click on Edit visually.


How to add nofollow tag in wordpress


After clicking on edit manually, you’ll be revert back to your classic WordPress editor.

Now, You’ve correctly optimized your web links for search engines to make them work as nofollow links.

Now, Let’s move forward to the Second Method.

Also Read, How to Check If a Link is Follow or NoFollow Link ?

Method 2 – Using the WordPress Plugin

Now, you want to learn how to add nofollow link attribute to individual links with the WordPress plugin.

And want to quickly change your link status from dofollow to a nofollow link in lesser time, then WordPress gives you full control over their plugins to complete your task.


WordPress allows you to do this effortless and essential task with the help of their WordPress plugins.

There are plenty of plugins available in their plugins database, but I’ll recommend you to use WP External Links WordPress Plugin to add a nofollow tag in the links.


WP External Links WordPress Plugin


Just install and activate the plugin, it instantly starts working after its activation.

Now you can directly edit your link status through their WordPress classic editor by accessing to edit and insert link button.

Now follow these simple steps-

  1. After installation, Just open your WordPress dashboard, go on to your plugin, click on its external link tab, select your settings from dropdown.
  2. Select nofollow to mark all external links work as nofollow links.
  3. You can also select, how do you want to open your external links like through the same window & tab and in a separate window & tab.
  4. After selecting your all link preferences, go into the bottom, and save all your selected settings.


WP External Links WordPress Plugin Settings


Now, you’re done.


This is a one-time setting, after that, you just don’t need to put manual efforts to make them external links act as nofollow links.

After implementing all essential settings for external links in its plugin, this will automatically set all your selected settings for every newly added link to make them work as nofollow links.

Final Thoughts on How To Add NoFollow Links in WordPress Blog

From the above article, we’ve learned how easy it is to add a nofollow link attribute to your link… even this is a much more easygoing process if you’re using WordPress plugin to edit your links.

So, which method are you using to edit your links, and which method is more convenient for you to edit your blog’s outbound links?

Share your valuable thoughts in the comments 😉.

If you’re still in doubt about how to add a nofollow link on the WordPress blog, then feel free to share your experience in the comments section.

Happy Learning 😊 and Thanks for Reading 😊.

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Diksha Anand

Diksha Anand

Hey! All Tech Freakers... My Name is Diksha Anand, Lady behind Tech Freak Diva Blog. I'm an Engineer, Blogger, Digital Marketer, and Singer Too. I love to write about Blogging Tips, SEO Tips, and WordPress Tips.