Does Yandex Acknowledge Rel=”Nofollow”

Short Answer: Yes, Yandex does acknowledge and respect the rel=”nofollow” link attribute, and has done since 2010.

It is also a reason as to why some links may not be displayed within the External Links section of YWMT, and is partially the reason as to why the world discovered this change had been made (Webmasters publicly posted in forums having noticed a sharp reduction in links within YWMT).

There was also an update made to this Webmaster help page, which has since been deprecated:

The previous Yandex WMT help section around rel=”nofollow”


Dan Taylor
Dan Taylor is an experienced SEO consultant and has worked with brands and companies on optimizing for Russia (and Yandex) for a number of years. Winner of the inaugural 2018 TechSEO Boost competition, webmaster at and Sloth.Cloud, and founder of