SEO Tip: Add a NoFollow Tag to Affiliate Links on Your Blog


If you’re doing affiliate marketing on your blog, or if you have banner ads on your sidebar, you probably know that your links should be “nofollow” But what exactly is that and how do you
make them nofollow? All that and more is coming right up. Hey guys, it’s Ileane from Basic Blog Tips and before we get started I wanna give a
random shout out to to my girl Ana Hoffman over at Traffic Generation Cafe. Head over there every week Ana does the Weekly Marketing Skinny. And she will keep you
up to date you have to worry about missing anything
that’s going on in the world business, Google, social media or anything like that, because Anna does it every weekend. So check out Traffic
Generation Cafe. Now, let’s move on to how to make your
links nofollow. Now when you have a blog or
website Google or any other search engines will
assign your site some level of authority and when you link to another site that means that you’re passing some of your authority on to that site so many years ago Google decided that what
they would do is in case a link was paid or in case the site owner decided that I wanna link out to this piece of
content but I don’t wanna pass any of my
authority to that link. That’s how they developed this rel=”nofollow” meaning
that link is there but I’m not passing my authority or also known as link juice that makes me thirsty and I start
talking about link juice so I’m gonna take a sip – that was just vitamin water you guys so anyway – Now we’re back over all my
blog and when you’re looking at anyone’s blog you
can use a few extensions of course I’m using Google
Chrome so wanna the extensions that I like to use is caught SEO site tools. Now when I click on the SEO site tools
extension it’s gonna tell you a lot of things about your blog. Well the piece that I wanna talk about
right now is where it will highlight nofollow
links now there’s a whole lot of extensions
you can use and for Chrome and I’m sure they them for
Firefox as well or whatever browser you’re using so just look for an extension that shows nofollow. So what will happen is all the links that are nofollow on this
page will be highlighted in red. So as you scroll down you see there’s
a few links here, this is an article that I wrote about
Pinterest, where I was on the Manly Pinterest Tips show with Jeff Sieh. And here I’ve added a link here to a book that’s on Amazon. And I made this nofollow Scroll down, you’ll see also in my bio – now that’s a setting that I have in the
plugin that I use for author bios that means that any of the links in
anyone’s bio not just mine are all nofollow. You’ll see also in the commenting
section where there’s links those links are nofollow. Now down at the bottom I do have an
affiliate link for the theme that I’m using. Oops! I just realized this link is not nofollow, so let’s go over and now
I’m gonna show you how to make a link nofollow. OK now
we’re over in the back end of my WordPress dashboard and I’m using the Genesis theme, and I’m also using a plugin called Simple Edits. And that allows me to edit things
like the footer. So here is my affiliate link that I have already set up for the Appendipity Themes. The Appendipity Themes is like is like a
framework that you can use on top Genesis just to describe that for you So here’s the link. It starts off with a
little carrot now don’t be intimidated by the code
here, I’m not gonna get deep into it guys I just want to shoe you this part. It starts off with the carrot and it ends with the ending carrot Ok. And right here is where the words appear which is Appendipity Themes, so now this is what it links to see where it starts
with HTTP in goes all the way to here where the end quotation marks. This is where
we’re going to insert rel=”nofollow” and this is the
format ok I’m gonna type it in, this is real important
so this is why I’m going slow here rel=”nofollow” rel=”nofollow” All right so this is how simple it is guys you have to enter rel=”nofollow” That’s it, that little piece
right there okay. That’s how simple it is! Now let’s save settings. Now we’re gonna go back to the front end of the blog. I’m going
to refresh the page Boop, and there it is. It’s highlighted as a nofollow link. Now if you have a lot to content on your blog it may seem like a daunting task to go
back and make all those links nofollow that are leading to your affiliate
products You make sure you wanna have a good
mix of follow and nofollow links in your blog! I’m not saying that make them all no follow, but I would start off with the ones that are on your sidebar because they appear on every page on your blog. Start off with that and then moving
forward just remember REL=”NOFOLLOW” And as long as you do that you’ll be all right. Now I have more useful tips like that coming
your way so make sure you subscribe and I’ll see
you in the next video it’s Ileane from Basic Blog Tips
signing off saying, Peace!

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