Tails Tell Tales - nofollow tags and their importance
Have you ever watched a cat's tail?
It is talking all the time.
Telling us what a cat is thinking, planning or up to.
Sometimes it's just for balance,
so it talks about concentration on staying on track.
My cats are my masters!
Just by watching Lucky and Luke, also known as Madam and the Pirate,
another problem that I had come to a solution.
That is what my blog post today is about.
A tail is not just the end of something, it also points you into a direction or tells you better not to follow. And that is what I was trying to understand this morning. Why should my tails tell google not to follow me? (And this is no part of my difficult relationship with Mr. Google, trying to make him chase me, as I have several relationship coaches now covering that part 😂)
Enough of the joking. Why should we add "no follow" tags as tails to our links? Wouldn't that be bad for our site? In fact, I had Ryte Analytic from the SEO Yoast plugin, after analyzing my page, tell me that there were too many nofollow tags and that those might be a problem.
Eyes on tails!Let me tell you, nofollow tags are not a problem at all!
After some research, I found out that most of them were there to protect me and my website. They were automatically added by my theme in the comment section.
They would autonomously stop google from following whoever commented. Thus hindering the comments being only about creating more clicks on the commenter's website. It appears that has been a major issue some years ago, so now they are blocked in default.
Tail Tell Tales TrailersSo Spoiler Alert: Nofollow tags will prevent you from working for someone else's ranking.
It doesn't change your life or the rankings of your site. But Amazon and the likes are ranking in page one also because their affiliate links point to them every time.
Thus adding the rel="nofollow" leaving an empty space before and after it will make sure that the click of your customer is yours alone.
That sounds greedy, but it is the essence of our job, to rank high, so that we can help more clients find their way to what they need through us.
Where do we add this tag? Right after the URL of the affiliate link in the HTML code of your site. Very often it will be in the middle of the code or at the end. Be sure to leave the empty space before and after as that will ensure the code to work.
What are the tales your tails tell?
Please let me know in the comment section below!
Thank you all for being here and working with me. You have all been so awesome and helpful. Thanks for cheering me up when it gets hard. And it does. But thanks to you I'm staying on track!
Happy tail watch and have a fantastic Sunday!