How to see if a link is follow or nofollow

Once you start publishing posts on your new website, it is important to start creating backlinks. Those will help you attract more audience and list your site on the upper part of search results which are created by Google, Yahoo, Bing and other search engines. Before you start building links, you should know the difference between follow and nofollow links.

After you know that you need both kinds on your website, you might wonder how to detect which links on your site are already set to follow and which are not.

In this article, we will show you few simple methods of detecting those links.


  1. Go to navigation bar
  2. Go to View->Developer->View Source or right click anywhere on the page and click on “Inspect Element”
  3. Click on Edit->Find
  4. Search for “follow” or “nofollow”

Follow link Chrome
After this, all of your follow or nofollow links, depending on your search, will be highlighted and you will have them all on top of your hand.

If you need to search for those links on a more regular basis, you might find a NoFollow Simple extension for Chrome handy. Simply install the extension for your browser and every nofollow link will be automatically highlighted for you.


  1. Right click anywhere on the site
  2. Choose View Page Source
  3. Find the element
  4. Right click and choose “Edit as HTML”
  5. Search for “follow” or “nofollow”

Follow link Firefox
Just like in Chrome, every term found in the page will be highlighted which means you can easily find all links of interest.

Of course, Firefox offers extensions which can help you in finding follow or nofollow links. One of the extensions is NoDoFollow which will highlight your follow and nofollow links in a different color and help you searching.

This simple tricks will help you dealing with follow/nofollow links. If you have any other method or an extension to recommend, please do so in the comments below.

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