Pinterest Links Dofollow Again?

UPDATE: As of November 15, 2013 Pinterest links appear to be nofollow again

So I was going through backlinks today using Open Site Explorer’s “Just-Discovered” feature (which is handy for finding newly found links), and I noticed that there were a lot of Pinterest links in there. What’s more, these links were all dofollow.

When Pinterest first launched, all links from the site were dofollow, but nofollow was added to all outbound links early last January. I haven’t heard anything about Pinterest links since then (possibly because I’m news-deprived since Google Reader went away), but it looks like Pinterest does have dofollow links again.

To find the links, just go to any pin in Pinterest, and examine the “Website” button at the top, and you’ll see that it’s a dofollow link.

Pinterest Dofollow Link

There are no meta nofollow tags either, and the pins are not blocked by robots.txt. So it appears that Pinterest links are dofollow again! I’m not sure if this a temporary bug or an actual feature, but for now we can enjoy some link juice goodness from Pinterest again. Time to build up my Pinterest profile.

Takeshi Young

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17 Responses to Pinterest Links Dofollow Again?

  1. Darren says:

    Good news for us!
    I’m doing research to see the benefits of using Pinterest for SEO, and your article has helped, thank you.

    • Nana Daugaard says:

      Hi Darren – did you come up with anything interesting about Pinterest and SEO? I’d like to dig deeper into that and thought you’re findings could be usefull… if you want to share :-)

      Kind regards,
      Nana

  2. Ty Bohannon says:

    Hmm…I just tested this on 8/31/2013 and links are NoFollow.

    Must have been a mistake by Pinterest.

    Ty

  3. Robert says:

    Thx for that. I do not use Pinterest so much, maybe I will use more now:)

  4. Vinicius says:

    Thanks for the insight.
    Congratulation for this post and for the post in Moz ;)
    I got here from there btw.

    Here in Brazil this is a huge oportunity, i didn’t see anyone using yet Tumblr or Pintrest in the strategy.

  5. Marty says:

    That’s great, although I’m still unsure of the exact SEO benefits gained through a link from Pinterest. I wish more big sites would follow in the same footsteps.

    • Since the links are dofollow, they do pass link juice, which can be helpful if you have a big following on Pinterest and your Pinterest profile has high PageRank. Beyond that, it can help with the crawling and indexation of the content that you pin.

  6. Rick Noel says:

    Takeshi, nice post. When I checked a pin in my Pinterest account this morning, it appears the links are nofollow as verified by using the Moz Chrome plugin to highlight nowfollow.

    In my view, Pinterest pins still offer a strong value in terms of branding, reach, referral traffic and perhaps most important, as a potential social signal to Google and other search engines. Thanks for sharing.

  7. Darren says:

    I wish they would make up their mind! I’m sure they will change it again soon.

  8. Excellent post Takeshi!! I think using Pinterest as one of your link building sources is absolutely very effective.

    I have seen many case studies on this recently which confirms that when done properly can provide you with very good links as well as website traffic. I have also conducted a few test and have seen very promising results so I give you a thumbs up for pointing this one out.. Great Post!!!

  9. Ahmad says:

    nicee! pinterst links are still dofollow as of 02/05/2014

  10. Swayam Das says:

    Just checked it appears NoFollow on my end :-) What about you Buddy?

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