Google+ profile links show up as nofollow when logged in

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!

dofollow google plus profile link

I have no idea why Google+ changes the follow attribute of profile links this way. Maybe Google is trying to limit SEO abuse?

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    James Simpson
    October 28, 2014 at 2:25 pm

    Unfortunatly Google have now made all their links “nofollow” in the profile and also posted links.

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    Geld Verdienen
    April 8, 2015 at 12:28 am

    Yes Google made most of them nofollow but they are going to make pagerank less important. Its all about domain authority now and they will create authorship.

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