Genesis Footer Links Nofollow


This plugin makes all or selected links in the footer of Genesis child themes rel=nofollow for SEO benefits. (This does not include Footer Widgets). Optionally, you can exclude footer links on the home page from being set as “nofollow”. Footer links that appear on all pages of a site may be considered as unnatural or spammy by the search engines and will devalue those links.

This plugin requires the Genesis Theme Framework.


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  1. Upload the entire genesis-footer-links-nofollow folder to the /wp-content/plugins/ directory
  2. Activate the plugin through the ‘Plugins’ menu in WordPress
  3. Navigate to Settings > Footer Links to set plugin options


Why should I set footer links as nofollow?

Google may consider site-wide links as spammy.

My theme uses Footer Widgets. Will they be affected?

No. This only changes the links in the Site Footer (Where you’ll usually find the copyright)

Can I apply this to certain domains only?

Yes. Just enter a comma seperated list of domains to include:,

Contributors & Developers

“Genesis Footer Links Nofollow” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.




Code Refactoring by garyj


Added ability to specify nofollow links by domain.
Replaced Regular Expression matching logic


Initial Release