Adding rel=”nofollow” to your blogroll links in Wordpress

Written on April 6, 2009 – 4:02 pm | by Ump |

How to simplify nofollow links in Wordpress

Annoyed that you cannot add rel=”nofollow” to your Wordpress blogroll links? Are you leaking link juice like crazy and want to do something about it? This fix will add a “nofollow” checkbox under the “Advanced Options > Link Relationship (XFN)” section when adding a link.

This fix was applied in Wordpress version 2.7x, however I do not currently have a fix for older versions. I’ll post new ones if there are any changes. To start, look for the edit-link-form.php file in your Wordpress wp-admin folder:

At around line 254 look for this:

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and right after paste this:

–Code Removed–

Update the file and you’re done!
Your “add link” page should now look like the image below.

UPDATE: After a little digging i found this Wordpress Plugin that does the trick. No need to edit core files unless we REALLY have to.


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  1. 2 Responses to “Adding rel=”nofollow” to your blogroll links in Wordpress”

  2. By Chuck Reynolds on Apr 6, 2009 | Reply

    I think it’s bad practice to be editing core Wordpress files. Although I think it could make a great little plugin module for the admin panel and distributed that way. :)

    Also why would you not want to provide link juice for the people you’re linking to?

  3. By Ump on Apr 6, 2009 | Reply

    In a pinch, i’ll do what it takes to make things work. However, i appreciate the inspiration to go digging for a plugin. If i had the time, i’d build one myself.

    As for giving out link juice? I tend to get stingy when PR starts dropping. ;)

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