For some reason WordPress started to add rel="nofollow" and target="_blank" to some of my links in my posts and pages. Not to all my links but randomly.

I really dont know why because when I'm editing my post it is just a normal link without rel="nofollow" and target="_blank". Adding target="_self" or rel="dofollow" doesnt change anything.

Why is this hapening and how can I solve this problem? Anyone got the same problem and knows a solution?

Thanks in advance:)

This is an example page and I'm taling about the link "control panels"

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    Try disabling all your plugins, if that solves your problem, enable them 1 by 1 to find out which one is causing the problem. Then exterminate it!
    – Howdy_McGee
    Mar 24, 2014 at 21:57

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When you place a link into a WordPress post or page the link window, where you specify where the link is to lead, has a check box for specifying that you want to open the link in a new window.

There is a similar box in the advanced settings tab of any graphical element you place in a post or page.

If one of those boxes is not checked on the "target= _blank" links then I would suspect a setting in one of your plugins, probably an SEO plugin.

The troubling part is the inconsistency. A plugin setting should be a consistent result.

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