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By default, all links in SO profiles have rel="nofollow" set. But I have checked some profiles like Jon Skeet & Anoop Vaidya, and they have dofollow (i.e., not nofollow) links to their websites.

Like you see Jon Skeet has a dofollow link to C# in Depth and Anoop Vaidya has a dofollow link to Interview Questions on Cocoa.

So, I want to know how can I get a dofollow link to my website in my SO Profile?

I know 2000 reputation is required to get dofollow link in Website field. but what is the condition to get dofollow link in About Me Section. Ex. Jon Skeet got on C# in Depth.

one more thing If I have 2k+ reputation in Stack Overflow so its possible that I get dofollow links in Pro Webmasters?

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Just use markdown as you normally would for posts. Your "About Me" section is entirely editable. – Bart Mar 12 '13 at 16:35
@SumitBijvani: The link you're referring to Jon Skeet's About Me is Author of <a href="" rel="nofollow">C# in Depth</a>.<br>. It's explicitly nofollow, not dofollow. – David Robinson Mar 12 '13 at 16:38
SO gives nofollow links you can check all links have attribute rel="nofollow" – Sumit Bijvani Mar 12 '13 at 16:39
@SumitBijvani Then just use the html tags. – Bart Mar 12 '13 at 16:39
Ah, but you're referring to the second link, the one in the list: <a href="">C# in Depth</a>. He probably created that using the raw HTML tags. – David Robinson Mar 12 '13 at 16:40
@DavidRobinson its dofollow <a href="">C# in Depth</a> check 2nd link not first – Sumit Bijvani Mar 12 '13 at 16:40
@DavidRobinson how can I do this? – Sumit Bijvani Mar 12 '13 at 16:40
@SumitBijvani: You can use HTML (instead of Markdown) in posts/About Me. – Rocket Hazmat Mar 12 '13 at 16:41
@DavidRobinson no it doesn't work – Sumit Bijvani Mar 12 '13 at 16:42
@SumitBijvani: Interesting- you are right! – David Robinson Mar 12 '13 at 16:43
@SumitBijvani: Works for me. – Rocket Hazmat Mar 12 '13 at 16:44
@RocketHazmat can you show me that link? – Sumit Bijvani Mar 12 '13 at 16:45
IIRC rel="nofollow" get removed at a certain reputation threshold. There was a question about this at some point in time… – Ryan O'Hara Mar 12 '13 at 16:57
@RocketHazmat: False, he has his website set and it's nofollow. Like minitech said, it looks like it's a rep threshold thing. – David Robinson Mar 12 '13 at 16:58
@minitech how much reputation for dofollow link? – Sumit Bijvani Mar 12 '13 at 16:59
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You need to earn 2000 points for the rel="nofollow" restriction for your website link to be lifted.

Note that links in your "About me" section will always have the rel="nofollow" restriction applied except for the link in your Website field. It has to be an exact match though, if one has a trailing slash and the other doesn't then the restriction is applied anyway.

To rephrase that: If you enter a link in your Website profile field, and use that exact same link in your About Me section, then that link is not given the nofollow restriction.

Jon Skeet lists as his Website link, so the exact same link in the About Me section is not given the nofollow restriction. All other links in that section do.

The limitation is per site; if you have multiple, associated accounts across the Stack Exchange network, the restriction is not lifted for accounts with less than 2k even if other accounts have reached 2k already. Jon Skeet's Code Review account is well below 2k and has the nofollow restriction applied to his links.

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but some accounts also get dofollow in About Me section like Jon Skeet – Sumit Bijvani Mar 12 '13 at 17:05
and many thanks for your answer. – Sumit Bijvani Mar 12 '13 at 17:06
@MartijnPieters Jon Skeet get the dofollow link you can check his 2nd link – Sumit Bijvani Mar 12 '13 at 17:08
I have added same link twice but getting nofollow in both – Sumit Bijvani Mar 12 '13 at 17:10
so how can I get dofollow in my About Me section? – Sumit Bijvani Mar 12 '13 at 17:13
Check my profile I also have added link twice but didn't get dofollow on any link – Sumit Bijvani Mar 12 '13 at 17:17
I think its not because I have updated my profile last year and I still didn't get any dofollow link – Sumit Bijvani Mar 12 '13 at 17:20
@SumitBijvani You don't have enough reputation to have the nofollow removed, yet. – Andrew Barber Mar 12 '13 at 17:23
@SumitBijvani: Pekka (191k) has nofollow while S. Lott (171k) does not. I think Martijn Pieters is correct. – mmyers Mar 12 '13 at 17:44
@mmyers: Solved it. I had a / at the end of my own Webpage field. I updated my About Me section to include the slash, and now my nofollow restriction is gone too. – Martijn Pieters Mar 12 '13 at 17:52
FYI: It's been 2K for years. I don't know if it was ever 3k. – Shog9 Mar 12 '13 at 18:13
@SumitBijvani: I already tested this exhaustively. All links in my profile except the one I named in my Website section have nofollow. – Martijn Pieters Mar 14 '13 at 17:08
@SumitBijvani: Yes, provided that link is the same as what you put in the Website field. – Martijn Pieters Mar 14 '13 at 17:25
@SumitBijvani: Here are some more examples of 2k+ users whose About Me section contains the same link as the Website field:,,, – Martijn Pieters Mar 14 '13 at 18:16
@SumitBijvani: No, the restriction is per site. – Martijn Pieters Mar 14 '13 at 18:39

After some testing, I came up with the following conclusions:

  • If you have over 2000 reputation, your website link won't have nofollow.
  • If that same link is there on your about page, it won't get nofollow either.
  • Any other links will have nofollow.

There's nothing much to do about it, it's just the way it is.

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