A rel=”nofollow” attribute can be added to links to inform search engines to ignore and not follow them. Nofollow links do not pass authority and will therefore not impact search rankings and can be used for both internal and external links. Within our SEO Office Hours Notes below, we cover advice from Google around how they manage this directive with further recommendations for best practice use of nofollow tags.

Most Affiliate Links Are Automatically Nofollowed

October 6, 2014 Source

Affiliate links for main affiliate programs are automatically recognised and effectively nofollowed. They won’t cause penalties.

Affiliate Links Should be Nofollowed

August 29, 2014 Source

Affiliate links should be nofollowed like any other paid link.

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