Nofollow External links is good for SEO, we are use lots of external links in our website specially when your website have blog, or you use your WordPress website as a blog, So here I show you how to Nofollow all external link in wordpress and why nofollow require to for external link.
Why NoFollow All external link?
When you are enable rel=”nofollow” link attribute on external link that’s mean It will automatically add <a rel="nofollow" target="_blank" href="http://website.com/"> Meta values in External links. Which will beneficial for SEO perspective.
According to google webmaster unwanted and unnecessary external links can hurt your pagerank because when you put external link that google also crawl external link.
How to nofollow all external links wordpress?
There are various plugins are available in wordpress repository but I am using Wp External links Plugin, So Here I will describe how to nofollow all external links WordPress using WP External links plugin,
Install And Active WP External links Plugin
Follow Below four steps to Install and active plugin.
- Go to Admin Dashboard Plugin —> Addnew
- Write Wp External links In search box
- Hit Search Button
- Active plugin
Now go external Links left Side of Dashboard panel.
On general settings first select Open External links in new Window or tab because external link exit point of visitor, If you allow open external link on same windows so visitor can leave your site and never come back so your website bounce rate are increase.
External links Apply on
Second option is Apply on post content have lots of external links so check on post content and comments, because may be commenter on your page have poor website it will backlink so your page rank may be down so check that option too.
In below Image I never Apply check but there are lots of discussion happens and finally various search engine experts Matt cutts and searchengineland say Apply Nofollow link on Widget.I never applied but you can decide after looking matt cutt’s youtube video and that searchengineland.com post discussion.
Ignore links (Urls) to dofollow: Here you can enter links which you want dofollow on post or page, several time we require high pagerank url as backlink like Twitter.com, wordpress.org and many more so here you can enter names of website which you want dofollow.
SEO Settings for nofollow link
Second section on this Wp External settings page is SEO settings,
Add rel-attribute : After checking this option now your all external links are “nofollow” , It will add rel=”nofollow” in every external links.
and second option is Add external rel to all link check on this option too.
Set title-attribute : leave this option by default it will add title of external link automatically.
Result of the SEO settings your external link structure is like:
<a rel= "nofollow external" target="_blank" href="http://www.sitename.com/" class="ext-link"></a>
Style Settings – Makeup Your External link
This section is nothing but just makeup your external link It will depend to you how you style your external link. This plugin have inbuilt facility you can add icon on external link, you can see example of how external link will show after makeup.
Save settings, purge your website cache re-build your xml sitemap and refresh sitemap in search engine webmaster tool.
I hope this article will help you to know why nofollow external links & how to nofollow external link wordpress?