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All SEO articles I've read on this subject claim that reddit links are nofollow. I am not questioning that information, but I would like to know how these folks are able to verify that reddit links are in fact nofollow.

Using the "inspect element" function in Chrome while logged into reddit, I have clicked on a reddit link and found the following:

<a class="title may-blank loggedin " href=
"/r/SEO/comments/2kg0mn/do_reddit_links_count_as_backlinks_or_are_they/" tabindex="1">
Do Reddit links count as backlinks? Or are they no-follow?</a>

Inspecting the same element while logged out, I see the following:

<a class="title may-blank " href=
"/r/SEO/comments/2kg0mn/do_reddit_links_count_as_backlinks_or_are_they/" tabindex="1">
Do Reddit links count as backlinks? Or are they no-follow?</a>

I don't see the nofollow atribute in either case. Is it hidden in the CSS somewhere? If so, where exactly?

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    Your example shows an internal link, which is less likely to be nofollow anyway. But the presence of a nofollow attribute isn't necessarily the only thing that can determine whether a link is effectively nofollow or not. It could simply be blocked by robots.txt – MrWhite Aug 12 '15 at 8:19
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Reddit links don't carry the nofollow link relationship unless they are from a users page on the network. In the examples you provide, they are followed links.

There is no CSS or Javascript override or just served for Googlebot making publicly shared URL's nofollow. I fetched a page as Googlebot to confirm this also.

You can see an example of which links are followed and which are nofollowed from analysing this page over at Ahrefs.

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