How to Add NoFollow to All External Links in WordPress

by Elaine on March 27, 2013

If you are paranoid like me about adding nofollow to your external links on your site, then this is the perfect free WordPress plugin.  You can automatically add NoFollow to all external links in your Wordpress website.  Adding rel = NoFollow to the link will not pass any link juice to the site you are linking to which is critical to your website Search Engine Optimization.   This free WordPress plugin is called = Follow NoFollow Control.

Overview of Follow NoFollow Control Free WordPress plugin

  1. Install Follow NoFollow Control Wordpress Plugin
  2. Activate Follow NoFollow Control Wordpress Plugin
  3. Go to Settings of Follow NoFollow Control WordPress Plugin
  4. Set Default NoFollow to All External Links
  5. Whitelist links to Follow

Steps:

1.  Install Follow NoFollow Control WordPress Plugin

Search and find the free Follow NoFollow Control WordPress Plugin.

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Install Follow NoFollow Control Free WordPress Plugin
  • Login to your WordPress administrator backend
  • Click on ‘Plugins’, ‘Add New’
  • Search = follow nofollow
  • Under ‘Follow NoFollow Control’ WordPress Plugin, Click on ‘Install Now

2.  Activate Follow NoFollow Control WordPress Plugin

Find under your installed WordPress plugins and activate the nofollow plugin.

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Activate Follow NoFollow Control WordPress Plugin
  • Under Follow NoFollow Control WordPress Plugin
  • Click on ‘Activate

3.  Go to Settings of Follow NoFollow Control WordPress Plugin

Go to the settings of the nofollow plugin.

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Go to Settings Follow NoFollow Control WordPress Plugin
  • Click ‘Settings’ in left navigation
  • Click on ‘Follow-Nofollow

4.  Set Default NoFollow to All External Links

Change default settings of external links to rel=nofollow.

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  •  Set Default = NoFollow
  • Click on ‘Save Changes

5.  Whitelist links to Follow

You can explicitly list links to follow in your website.  You don’t have to nofollow all links from your site.  Perhaps you have friends sites that you wish to allow link juice to flow to, you can explicitly list them in the ‘Follow Domains’.  See screenshot in step 4.

Hope that helps.  If you have any questions, please leave a comment.

Thanks,

Elaine

 How to Add NoFollow to All External Links in Wordpress

Elaine

Elaine is the founder of CmsMind, an online blog providing Joomla and WordPress tutorials. Elaine lives in Toronto and when she is not online, she is either Marathon and Triathlon training or travelling and racing somewhere in the world. Find her also at: Save Money, Premium Themes and Templates, and at Webhosting Tips.

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