Google NoFollows Google+ Profile Links

Feb 5, 2014 • 8:05 am | comments (15) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Google Search Engine Optimization

Google+ iPhone AppFolks on Google+ noticed that Google+ has recently began nofollow many of the links in your profile by default.

So if you visit my profile page on Google+, the section where it says "Links", most of those, if not all, seem to be nofollowed.

Currently, the links you add in the "Story" section of your profile, do not seem to be nofollowed. I am sure that will happen eventually.

I doubt these links mattered much to Google anyway but now they don't matter at all, because nofollowed links are not links in the eyes of Google.

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Spam Cutts

02/05/2014 01:20 pm



02/05/2014 02:58 pm

The profile links in G+ remained dofollow for long, in my opinion, so that clueless webmasters would join G+ just for the link. I'm with you Barry. I don't think Google counted them in the first place. But keeping the profile links dofollow for so long was a good marketing strategy by Google to encourage adoption.

Alexander Hemedinger

02/05/2014 04:34 pm

Agreed, if the profile was no follow then who the hell would use Google Plus anyways? Lol!

Mike L

02/05/2014 05:50 pm

eventually all links will be phased as no-follow, those with a do-follow profile will be hit hard and forced to dissavowel


02/05/2014 07:06 pm

nofollow is evil, created to pleasure matt cutts & co and googlebot. It not described in any RFC.


02/05/2014 07:07 pm

sure. but i will join google+ if i will be able to give to google & youtube -100500

Mark Traphagen

02/05/2014 08:19 pm

Huh. If I look at the "view source" for my profile in Chrome, the links in Story seem to still be followed. But Firebug's Inspector shows the same links as "no-follow." Can anyone explain? See this screen cap:

Mark Traphagen

02/05/2014 08:48 pm

Plot thickens. If I view source logged in, I see the Story links as followed (i.e., no "no-follow" attributes). But if I view source incognito, the no-follows are there on the Story links.

Gareth Mailer

02/05/2014 11:19 pm

Nope, not seeing it here. Just checked about 7 or 8, all "followed".

Mark Traphagen

02/05/2014 11:25 pm

Copy the profile URL and check it incognito. See if you then get the no-follows. I did.

Anoop Srivastava

02/06/2014 05:25 am

i have checked my profile links and find that google make it nofollow.

Bruce Simmons

02/06/2014 10:13 pm

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Jon Hogg

02/10/2014 02:18 pm

No they did count them: I'm linking to Matt Cutts blog here in the story section which is still followed (for now), and has ranked this blog for "munagivalotal"

Andy Marchant

02/12/2014 04:16 pm

I'm sure that will help the sign-up rate...


03/08/2014 03:28 pm

I must checked my profile and find that google create nofollow.

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