No Following Links in WordPress Widgets

Search engine Land just posted Google’s Matt Cutts: I Recommend NoFollowing Links On Widgets.

Matt Cutts said, “I would recommend putting a nofollow, especially on widgets.”

If your a WordPress user, Semiologic’s External Links plugin can accomplish this for you without the need to manually enter rel=”nofollow”  in all your outgoing links in your sidebar, header and footer widgets.

  1. Simply go to Settings->External Links.
  2. Check the Apply Globally box.
  3. Check the Add No Follow box.
  4. Save Changes and you’re all done.
External Links - Semiologic — WordPress Plugin
External Links Settings


Pretty simple and best of all, automatic!

External Links is part of the Semiologic Pro package.    You can also find it in the WordPress Plugin repository – External Links.

Comments on No Following Links in WordPress Widgets Leave a Comment

    • Correct. If you add rel=”follow” to the link and the plugin will honor that and will not add the nofollow attribute.

      I noticed the instructions had a typo. I correct for the next release.

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