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How important is the ratio between followed and no-followed links?


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From Moz.com blog: 

Honestly, I don't believe there's a threshold here, but too much of one or the other probably looks unnatural. Regardless, I don't believe that the search engines use this as an algorithm factor. Simply think of it in terms of diversity and brand factors.

If you only have followed links, this means you've never posted a blog comment, been featured on a news site or more established directories, received a link from Wikipedia or other high-quality article sites, etc. That wouldn't be very natural and I'd see it as a sign that the site is overly optimized. I very rarely look at this ratio myself.

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The primary importance is earning organic (natural) links to your site. Both follow and nofollow links are a natural part of the web. If you focus on earning legitimate links to your site, you have nothing to worry about. Whatever the ratio works out as, so be it. 

If you engage in manipulative link building practices, then you have to constantly worry about being discovered and penalized. The ratio of follow vs nofollow link is one of many metrics a search engine can examine as a possible flag for guideline violations.

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