Creating Dofollow Links On Delicious

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Delicious is well known for playing around with their nofollow policy. One of the more recent nofollow discoveries occurred when they relaunched their new design. For example, when you visit a user’s bookmark page ( it defaults to the “Regular View”. However, if you clicked on the “Full View” link, it would display the links as dofollow (without the nofollow attribute.) They quickly closed that loophole, but now they’re up to something new and something much more intentional.

Thanks to Raven’s Automated Link Checker, I discovered that links that had been saved in our Link Manager had become dofollow. After doing some investigation, it appears that Delicious intentionally removed the nofollow attribute from the “Everyone’s Bookmarks for” page. If a unique link has been bookmarked by more than one person, this page becomes accessible via a link on every account that bookmarked it. The link then has two dofollow links on it, one of which uses actual anchor text instead of the URL.

How to Create a Dofollow Link on Delicious

The methodology for creating a dofollow link on Delicious is incredibly simple. Follow these steps to get the best results.

  1. Try to be the first person to bookmark the link. That way you’ll be able to control the anchor text that’s used in the link
  2. After you bookmark the link, have at least one other Delicious user bookmark it. Have that account use similar tags, but don’t completely copy each other. Also, it’s probably wise to mix up accounts that bookmark the same links, and you may want to consider having the other account use a proxy server or different IP.
  3. Although step two is all you need to do, it may be helpful to actually build a few links to the “Everyone’s Bookmarks for” page, just to make sure it gets spidered, referenced and rated by search engines.


As you have no doubt figured out from reading the comments or from other sources, there are still some “no follow” aspects to how Delicious set up these pages. However, Loren Baker had some good insight on this situation:

Yahoo DOES index and identify new sites and pages via Delicious.
Various engines have been known to ignore the REP commands, especially Yahoo and MSN. Scraper sites do not scrape Meta data, but do scrape the HTML coding (without the NoFollow). And again, Meta No Follow will assist with indexing if there are links to the page from other sources. Also check out Robots.txt vs Rel=Nofollow vs Meta Robots Nofollow.

  • Sweet, tips thanks…I thought all of delicious was nofollow…goes to show you learn something new everyday.

  • Jon, they may have removed the nofollow from the actual link, but I think you forgot to check the meta tags on the “Everyone’s Bookmarks for” page:

    <meta name=“robots” content=“noarchive,noindex,nofollow”>

    So, still no link juice.

  • If I’m reading this correctly, you’re saying that the links on pages such as this:

    have do follow links on them. Correct?

    On the downside, this little fella in the <head> section is going to put a dampener on things:

    <meta name=“robots” content=“noarchive,noindex,nofollow”>

  • Yup, I realized that after that fact. Doh!!!

  • Great tip here thanks!

    Scott Dylan

  • I was just getting ready to comment that the links are still nofollow because of the robots META tags, but it looks like y’all beat me to it. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • admin

    @Alysson, yeah, I hosed that one up!

  • don

    hi henshaw

    I think you should make a correction at the top of the article. I went and actioned what you suggested. Its only when I came back to close this page that I read the comments.

    What I did was therefore a waste of time so I think you should protect others from doing the same thing. Not everyone reads the comments.


  • Lea

    Last month Google announced that they were doing away with the No Follow – I have not see a huge change yet, have you?

  • Delicious RSS FEED is Dofollow, so when you TAG urls with Delicious youโ€™re creating some new Dofollow backlinks back to the URLs you tagged.

  • Ryan

    I’ve been trying to get a do follow link from Delicious for some time, thanks for the info

  • Martin

    Thanks for this article, I will definitely try this technique soon. It’s really interesting to see that sites like Delicious are not completely giving up on the dofollow, but it’s becoming complex! I guess it makes sense though! Just the same way HubPages only give you dofollow when you reach a certain quality score. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Done! Useful article

  • Nice post, I was always being confused between dofollow and nofollow links. Thanks for sharing this info….
    Rahul Yadav

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