We have a news website and, sometimes, we mention companies that we cover and include a link to their sites in our articles.
In doing so, are we supposed to add a
nofollow directives, or are these considered natural, editorial and safe links?
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No, these would be considered natural editorial links and thus its perfectly reasonable to pass 'link equity' to these sites.
Some sites do apply
nofollow to all links, but personally i dont think this is a good idea, as it may inhibit companies from working with you on editorial pieces.
nofollow is applied to paid / sponsored content, is a publisher is not meant to sell links that pass 'link equity' so by adding
nofollow you can still publish sponsored content and charge a fee for it, but you should not be selling reputation / link equity
"Nofollow" provides a way for webmasters to tell search engines "Don't follow links on this page" or "Don't follow this specific link."
So, you can do as you pleased. It's ok to have link from companies that you cover in your articles.
Typical use cases include links created by 3rd party commenters on blogs, or links the author wishes to point to, but avoid endorsing, and when it comes to google, a link from one site to another site is a ‘vote’ for the website that has the link pointing to it.
The only two reasons to use
nofollow on external links are:
nofollowon links you put on your site because you get a benefit from the link recipient. Omitting
nofollowon sponsored links can get your site penalized by Google which will hurt your rankings.
There is no reason to use
nofollow on other types of links. External links to on-topic, non-sponsor, editorial chosen, commercial sites are fine.