The second link building tactic from Backlinko’s blog post also ended up being a bit trickier than expected. This time it wasn’t because of a WordPress RSS feed issue, it’s because Google+ shows all profile links as nofollow when you’re logged in.
What is even more misleading is that selecting to view your public profile also shows a nofollow link.
I decided to double check some other Google+ profiles. All of them actually had dofollow links in their story section. I logged out and checked my true public profile and the link became follow!
I have no idea why Google+ changes the follow attribute of profile links this way. Maybe Google is trying to limit SEO abuse?