How to Find All Nofollow/Dofollow Links on a Website

Links are one of the most important factors in how search engines determine the ranking of a website. If you place a link from your website to another, search engines consider this a vote for the relevance and quality of the linked content. Just like a recommendation to friends or family in real life, a link is something that you put your good name behind.

If you don’t want to endorse a link, adding rel="nofollow" tells search engines to ignore it when ranking pages. This makes sense for sites that you want your visitors to warn about (like a scam or a hack), user-generated links that you haven’t reviewed yet (like in the comments section of a blog), or links in ads that you were paid for placing on your website.

Considering the importance of marking links as nofollow (or not), it’s a good idea to periodically check if all your outbound links are correctly qualified. With a small website of only a few pages, you may be able to do this by hand, but larger sites require an automated solution. This is where Dr. Link Check comes into play. Our service is not only a great broken link checker, but can also give you an inventory of all the links on your website.

Step 1: Start a check at

Head to the Dr. Link Check homepage, enter the address of your website, and click on Start Check.

Start Link Check

Step 2: Click on "Nofollow"

While crawling your website, Dr. Link Check displays the number of found Dofollow and Nofollow links under Dofollow/Nofollow on the Overview page. Click on Nofollow to list the found links.

Link Check Overview: Nofollow/Dofollow

Step 3: Add "Direction: Outbound" filter item

As you are probably only interested in links pointing to other websites, limit the report to outbound links by clicking the Add button in the Filter bar on the top and selecting Direction from the menu.

Add filter: Direction

Step 4: Add "Link type: <a href>" filter item

The list of links might also contain links found in image (<img src=...>) or script (<script src=...>) tags. If you want to restrict the report to normal page links, click again on Add and select Link type from the filter menu.

Add filter: Link type

With these two filters, you've now identified all outbound nofollow links on your website. If you want to see all dofollow links instead, simply click on Nofollow in the filter bar and select Dofollow from the menu.

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