dofollow v nofollow for linking out

by gelsi
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I have been linking out to authoritative websites from my website. Should these be nofollow or dofollow or does it not make any difference. Do I lose link juice by linking out with dofollow?
#dofollow #linking #nofollow
  • Profile picture of the author expmrb
    No you doesn't loose your link juice. But too many do-follow links may you cause Manual Action Penalty.
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  • Profile picture of the author JennyPitula
    Not like that, Do follow links are a reasons for loosing link juice but if these sites are spammy and not good then Google may penalize your site. In case you have got do follow links then link juices can be passed to your website.
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  • Profile picture of the author MikeFriedman
    Nofollow does not prevent anything from leaking out, so from that perspective it does not matter if you use nofollow or not. Result will be the same.
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  • I think, not like that. Sometimes many do-follow links manually action for website penalty.
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  • Profile picture of the author mmm63787
    Google bots don't pay much attention to nofollow dofollow.
    Regarding link juice you can put one authority site with dofollow if you want. Rest should be put with nofollow.
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    • Profile picture of the author MikeFriedman
      Originally Posted by mmm63787 View Post

      Google bots don't pay much attention to nofollow dofollow.
      Regarding link juice you can put one authority site with dofollow if you want. Rest should be put with nofollow.
      Everything you said is wrong.
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      • Profile picture of the author yukon
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        Originally Posted by MikeFriedman View Post

        Everything you said is wrong.


        You forgot to award him no points and may God have mercy on his soul.
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      • Profile picture of the author mmm63787
        Please don't generalize your reply. Correct me if I am wrong with source. This forum is a place to learn.
        1)Google bots don't pay much attention to nofollow dofollow- Source (Moz Blog)and as I checked that you yourself has said something same in your above reply Nofollow does not prevent anything from linking out, so from that perspective it does not matter if you use nofollow or not. Result will be the same.
        2)Regarding link juice you can put one authority site with dofollow if you want. Rest should be put with nofollow.- This point I learnt from reading other blogs.

        Please correct it if wrong providing some source.
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        • Profile picture of the author MikeFriedman
          Originally Posted by mmm63787 View Post

          Please don't generalize your reply. Correct me if I am wrong with source. This forum is a place to learn.
          1)Google bots don't pay much attention to nofollow dofollow- Source (Moz Blog)and as I checked that you yourself has said something same in your above reply Nofollow does not prevent anything from linking out, so from that perspective it does not matter if you use nofollow or not. Result will be the same.
          2)Regarding link juice you can put one authority site with dofollow if you want. Rest should be put with nofollow.- This point I learnt from reading other blogs.

          Please correct it if wrong providing some source.
          You are wrong on both cases.

          1) Google absolutely pays attention to nofollow. That video is talking about for indexation. This thread is not talking about indexation.

          Some people believe that Google bot does travel through nofollow links. Others don't. Either way, it has nothing to do with this conversation.

          2) That is one of the dumbest things I have read this week. So if you have 4 outbound links on your page you should add nofollow to 3 of them? Why? What is the point of doing something so dumb.

          How about this... if you don't trust the pages you are linking to enough that you feel you need to add a nofollow to the links, you probably just shouldn't link to them period.

          Nofollow is to tell search engines that you do not fully trust the page you are linking to and do not want to pass on any of your pages authority or anchor relevance through the link. It does not conserve link juice on your page though. It still leaks out of the page like any other link, it just does not get passed on to that page being linked to.

          I don't need a source for that. It's how nofollow works. Everyone knows that.
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  • Profile picture of the author paulgl
    Nofollow means you don't trust the link....so you are telling google you are full of untrusted links.

    Why people think that linking to authority sites gives some points to google, is just way beyond me. The logic is insane. Not to mention that you are begging people to leave your site.

    Google now splits up PR between all links on a page, nofollow or not.

    Three strikes, you're out.

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    • Profile picture of the author yukon
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      Originally Posted by paulgl View Post

      Nofollow means you don't trust the link...


      No, that's not the only purpose of nofollow.

      Google Source

      Crawl prioritization: Search engine robots can't sign in or register as a member on your forum, so there's no reason to invite Googlebot to follow "register here" or "sign in" links. Using nofollow on these links enables Googlebot to crawl other pages you'd prefer to see in Google's index. However, a solid information architecture -- intuitive navigation, user- and search-engine-friendly URLs, and so on -- is likely to be a far more productive use of resources than focusing on crawl prioritization via nofollowed links.
      Don't get hung up on the last half of the Google quote contradiction.
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  • Profile picture of the author dave_hermansen
    We never worry about putting no-follow tags on external links. We do have them open in separate tabs. We also no-follow links to unimportant internal pages and block them via robots.txt (shopping cart/checkout, etc.).

    It's not going to hurt your SEO. Some in the SEO industry think that it MAY help if the places you are linking to are authoritative and helpful to whatever point your page is making (there is, as usual, much debate on this subject because so many people in the SEO world like to think that correlation is the same thing as causation).

    We just don't worry about this kind of nonsense. Like MikeFriedman said, don't link to the page if you need to hide the fact from Google. There are so many other things that affect SEO that DO matter. Worry about them and not this kind of ridiculous minutia.

    Google's John Mueller says external links do not help (or hurt) your SEO, so it depends on whether you want to trust the word of Google or not.
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