In terms of SEO, the use of external links with the nofollow attribute could reduce the link-juice of my internal linking?

I have two options about how to link external sources with related information:

  • With a link containing a rel="nofollow" attribute.
  • Without a link, but a number, and at the end of the post, introduce the naked URL without the link.

For example:

1. Source: example.com

Instead of:

<a rel="nofollow" href="example.com">example.com</a>

What would be more effective, for SEO?

  • 2
    There is no need to hoard Pagerank by withholding links to external sites, doing so doesn't help your SEO. Link in the way that is best for your users (use an actual link, not just a text mention.) Don't use nofollow unless the URL is an ad or created by your users. Even then, prefer to use rel=sponsored or rel=ugc rather than rel=nofollow. Feb 15, 2022 at 17:59
  • Thanks! I'm gonna fix some articles: creating real hyperlinks for external sources.
    – Unix
    Feb 15, 2022 at 23:10


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