What is the NoFollow Tag and Why Bloggers Need to Use It

If you are a blogger, you may have heard about the “nofollow” tag but aren’t necessarily sure what it is, if it applies to you, if you actually need to bother with it, or how to add it. Let me break it down for you in the simplest terms possible.

When your blog or website includes external links, little search engine bots crawl all over the internet searching for these to include in a website’s page rankings. The more your website appears in external links, the better your page rankings, which generally translates to more revenue and traffic for your business. As bloggers, we often link back to businesses we love naturally because we want to share our excitement for great products and add value to our readers. There is absolutely nothing wrong with this!

However, when you provide affiliate links or links from sponsored posts, it becomes a problem. Google wants to protect the integrity of organic searches of websites and ensure companies are not just paying others to link to their site, thus boosting their rankings and revenue.

15 Lessons From My 7-Year-Old Self

Recently I came across some true gold, buried in my parents’ basement – a school journal from 1994. I quickly immersed myself in my 7-year-old life, approaching it the same way as when faced with a new box of Oreos: needing to devour it at once yet wanting to savor every last tiny morsel. So that’s what I did. I read it out loud, page-by-page, wanting to speed read and skip ahead to see what’s next but kept cool and reserved to cherish my youngster words. My lucky husband got to pause his show and his work for the night until I made it through the whole year, as I shared my most personal childhood confessions, likes and dislikes, and pretty much every little detail that ever happened to me in 1994. What can I say? I was always a writer and didn’t want to miss a thing.

As I smiled, gasped, and laughed so hard I actually cried (not just as in the expression…there were tears), I realized there were so many raw, honest truths from my 7-year-old self that apply to me today. I’ll share excerpts from my journal that coincide with my top 15 lessons that I learned from my 7-year-old self.

The Truth Behind My Instagram Self

We live in an age of sharing. Not the kind of sharing we learn in preschool though, where I give you something and you give it back; this kind of sharing really has nothing to do with conventional interpersonal communication. We live in an age of social sharing. This kind of sharing allows people all over the world to connect from the comfort of their couches. This kind of sharing allows you to find out what your old high school friends are up to without ever having to communicate with them. This kind of sharing has increasingly become more visually-based than text-based, especially with the popularity of Pinterest and Instagram. So how does all of this visual communication with no boundaries impact society and individuals?

It’s fairly common knowledge that the media negatively impacts many people’s self-esteem, giving them unrealistic expectations of beauty standards, whatever that means. You can check out some statistics about how the media impacts women here. Social media definitely plays into these self-confidence issues, but I am opening up on my Instagram point-of-view and social self.

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