Links: Internal Nofollow Outlinks

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Internal Nofollow Outlinks

Pages that use rel=”nofollow” on internal outlinks. Links with nofollow link attributes will typically not be followed by search engines.

This could inhibit the crawling and indexing of pages that have rel=”nofollow” links to them.

Remember that the linked pages may be found through other means, such as other followed links or XML Sitemaps etc.

How to Analyse in the SEO Spider

View URLs with this issue in the ‘Links’ tab and ‘Internal Nofollow Outlinks’ filter and export all URLs using the ‘Export’ button.

Nofollow outlinks can be seen in the ‘Outlinks’ tab with the ‘All Link Types’ filter set to ‘Hyperlinks’, where the ‘Follow’ column is ‘False’.

Export in bulk via ‘Bulk Export > Links > Internal Nofollow Outlinks’.

What Triggers This Issue

This issue is triggered when pages use the rel=”nofollow” attribute on internal outlinks.

For example if the following page:

Had an internal outlink such as:

<a href="" rel="nofollow" >Login</a>

How To Fix

Review the use of rel=”nofollow” on internal links. These might be valid to URLs that ideally wouldn’t be crawled, or they could be by mistake.

Remove the nofollow link attribute to important URLs you wish to be crawled, indexed and receive PageRank.

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