What are the types of backlinks?

There are two types of backlinks.

1. Do-follow Links

DoFollow links, as the name suggests are the links which ask search engine bots to follow the links. Whenever someone links your article with a DoFollow link, you get the point as a backlink.

DoFollow links are crucial for good SERP rankings and PR. Such backlinks from relevant websites can boost your website ranking quickly.

Dofollow blogs and Dofollow forums use the dofollow attribute and that helps you to boost your backlinks and give link love. Link juice from a high DA blog or forum is good for your blog to boost your Google ranking. Specially, if you are active in a niche forum which allows dofollow backlinks, you will not only get a quality link to your site but you will also be getting targeted traffic.

2. No-Follow Links

Nofollow links are the one who doesn’t encourage search engine bots to follow the links. It means you are not getting the point of it. In general, blog comment links are No-Follow.

However, it doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t bother about getting any No-Follow backlinks. Commenting on another blog is a nice way of engagement, and in turn, it may bring you a lot of traffic.

So now, as you have the basic idea of what backlinks are let me introduce a new term called Page Rank (PR)

What is Page Rank?

Page Rank is a calculation, invented by Google, which evaluates the quality and quantity of links to a site and score that website or webpage on a scale of 0 to 10. It was named after Google’s co-founder Larry Page and first appeared back in 2000.

0 being the lowest and 10 being the highest page rank.

There are very handful of sites that are having PR 10 including twitter.com. Newly launched websites start with a PR 0 and as they receive more links their PageRank increases.

Important: Google PR is no longer a ranking factor or a means to decide how good is a site. So, do perform your own tests and check before proceeding with below sites

How Do You Check If a Link is Nofollow?

Here’s how to check it a link is nofollow:

  1. Right click on your browser and click “View page source”.
    View page source
  2. Next, look for the link in the HTML of the page.
    Find link in page's HTML

You can also use the “Strike Out Nofollow Links” Chrome extension.

Strike Out Nofollow Links

This handy tool automatically puts a line through any nofollow links on a page:

Strike Out Nofollow Links in action

(That way, you don’t need to manually check the HTML)

Why Did Search Engines Create the Nofollow Tag?

The nofollow tag was originally created by Google to combat blog comment spam.

As the popularity of blogs grew, so did comment spam. Specifically, spammers would leave links back to their site in the comments:

Spammy comment example

This caused two major problems:

  1. First, spammy sites started to rank really well in Google. This pushed high quality sites out of the search results.
  2. Because the tactic worked so well, blog comment spam quickly spun out of control.

In 2005, Google helped develop the nofollow tag… and rolled it into their algorithm.

The tag was ultimately adopted by other search engines (like Bing and Yahoo)

Final Words

Do-Follow links are important for every blogger who wants a good PR and better search engine rankings.

Don’t forget to share the list with your friends and followers. Comment below if you know any active forum which gives a DoFollow link.

Bookmark this page as I would keep adding more links to the list regularly. For now, get started and start building Do-Follow links.