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How to SEO optimize when there are 2 links to home page:

  1. Logo image linked to homepage.
  2. Navigation bar text (categories) linked to homepage.

There are also 2 links to contact page with different anchor text in the format I designed.

Should I use rel="nofollow" attribute in one internal link each or is there any other recommendation for SEO?

I found on a website that I should not use rel="nofollow" in internal links and also found somewhere that double linking to a page is not equal to single link that means extra link SEO to pages like contact page, but no one want to find contact page directly in search engines.

Can anyone suggest how to handle these SEO problems?

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Don't worry about small things like this.

It's perfectly fine to have both links. Don't nofollow either of the links.

With regard to the home page links…

  • thanks for answer and what about other pages double links like contact page when it necessary to have double links – BlackFire Aug 24 '15 at 16:08
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    @BlackFire It's fine—it's different if you have tens or hundreds of duplicate links, but two is perfectly fine. – grg Aug 24 '15 at 16:09
  • @BlackFire There are serious caveats to this answer you need to know about. I suggest read the remaining answers. – closetnoc Aug 24 '15 at 16:35
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You should NOT use nofollow on one of the links. nofollow tells search engines that you can't vouch fer the authenticity of the link. It may have been automatically created by a user or spammer. If you tell search engines they can't trust one such link on the page, they will automatically assume they can't trust either link on the page.

Using nofollow in a situation like this will hurt your site and SEO.

Google usually ignores subsequent duplicate links on a page anyway. You can't link to a page twice and have it count double.

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While there is no rule that says that you cannot have two templated links to your home page via an image and then navigation, I would advise against it as a rule. As well, I advise against creating two different links to any page within your template design generally. However, this is sometimes done in places such as the footer and this is okay. Google will only use the first one found in most cases and ignore the remaining. More on that later.

You are far better off with the navigational link. The reason is simple. The navigational link provides significantly greater advantages over an image link. I write about the differences here: Images as hyperlinks and SEO implications The up-shot is that there are semantic advantages to a text based link over any other link.

There is no boost for having more than one link of any kind to your home page. This is just plain bad advice.

Google takes the first link to any target page found in a source page and uses that link and ignores the remaining links. Under certain circumstances, Google may chose another link if it feels that it is a better link, however, it still only chooses one that represents that target. This means that there are two things that can happen: one, Google can chose the generally lower value image link; and two, Google may not recognize your navigational link which can effect things such as site links.

With links to any target page, semantics is extremely important. You lose this advantage with an image link. The link text is always more important will always outweigh any image alt text. As well, Google values navigational links higher as a signal to important pages. This has an important cascading effect that you do not want to defeat. If Google takes your image link over your navigational link, you lose these advantages.

Nofollow is an important tool, however, generally should not be used except to protect areas of your site that should not be indexed. A nofollow link does not fully protect these areas of your site if there are other links. Normally, a nofollow and noindex are used in conjunction to protect areas of your site you need to protect. Using nofollow will not help in signalling which link is better than any other or with SEO.

Google will likely see multiple links to a page and links with nofollow as link sculpting which is an old black-hat technique that does not work. You want to avoid issues where Google thinks you are sculpting links. Google does apply a penalty for link sculpting that is hard to escape.

If you are to have multiple links to any page for which you have a navigational link for, make sure that your navigational link is found first. All others will be ignored and the navigational link will provide an important signal to Google that the pages linked from your navigational links are important. You can have other links of course, just know that there is no real advantage except for user experience (UX). Under no circumstances should you have nofollow links from your home page except in conjunction with noindex to protect areas of your site that should not appear in the SERPs.

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    If your logo doesn't click to the homepage I consider your site unusable. – Stephen Ostermiller Aug 24 '15 at 17:20
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    @StephenOstermiller Unusable might be a bit draconian, however, I do like it when a logo is clickable. You and I are in agreement on that! However, it would be best if the navigational links appear before any other as not to muddy the waters. Of course it is not fatal if a logo link appears before a nav link. I have not seen any blood as of yet. I think there is an app for that though. With CSS being what it is toady, it is completely doable to have both and stay completely safe. But now you have me thinking... what did I do in my last template update?? Better check!! – closetnoc Aug 24 '15 at 17:56

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