I Follow- Do You?

I’ve joined the “Do Follow” movement (and it shows!).

What is it, you ask?

From my understanding, basically, whenever you leave a comment on a blog that has “nofollow,” it means that the fact that you comment won’t get picked up by search engines, even though you leave your link in the comment field. (Genius idea, right? Who thought it up? Google. Yeah, good job there, guys. Not.)

However, for blogs that have “nofollow” turned off, you will get lots of link love, as an Internet search will find you linked anywhere you’ve commented, as long as it’s a blog that has “nofollow” turned off! So, do yourself and everyone else a favor– turn off “nofollow”! I did, so now anytime you comment with your link you’ll be getting more “Google Juice.”

Here’s the plug-in that I use. You can find others (for WordPress) and other options (for other blogging platforms) at the following links:

I Follow by Randa Clay

On the Redundancy of NoFollow by Unintentionally Blank

Removing NoFollow is Now a Movement by Unintentionally Blank

Not convinced? I’ll leave you with some expert advice from (who else?): the experts!

Randa Clay explains it thus:

Almost all blog platforms by default are set up so that a “dead end” piece of code is inserted wherever there is a link in a comment, so that search engines will not “count” the link as they are crawling the internet. This was originally designed to help stop comment spam, but it doesn’t work. What it does is remove some of the incentive for your readers contribute to your site by commenting on your posts.

What can you do about it? Turn off “nofollow”. Show your commenters that you appreciate them. Spread the link love.

How? Depending on the blog platform you’re on, you can install a plugin (like this one for WordPress), or disable it (see this post if you’re a Moveable Type user), or modify your template (check this site for Blogger tips).

Unintentionally Blank explains its history:

rel=”nofollow” was a Google creation from early 2005 that was supported by both MSN and Yahoo. It was designed to stop the search bots from following links that weren’t necessarily endorsed by the owner of the site it was on. It had a mixed welcome, but was incorporated by many of the major players in blogging.

A lot has happened since then, now we have Akismet, Spam Karma, Bad Behaviour and probably many others that I don’t know about. These days you don’t see much spam on blogs, if at all. The spam blockers are doing a fantastic job, so why do we need this weak rel=”nofollow”? I check my blog daily, if something does slip through the nets, I delete it instantly.

What are you waiting for? Turn off “nofollow” and feel the link love!

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I'm a wife and mommy first, as well as a social media consultant/manager, editor, and writer. I'm also editor of Musical Reviewer and Houston Theatre Blog.

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26 comments on “I Follow- Do You?
  1. Barbara007 says:

    Love your blog, so helpful! I’ll be back often.

  2. mcewen says:

    Well on that note, I can do no other than to comment and thank you . Now all I have to do is ‘fix it.’
    Cheers

  3. Bar Bar A says:

    I’m still trying to get this to work right with Typepad!

  4. gary says:

    I am turning my nofollow off too.

  5. Lists says:

    I might “follow” soon – if not for goodwill then for more comments at my blog 🙂

  6. mcewen says:

    Thanks for the link to BetaBlogger 4 and the ‘how to’ instructions, but I still don’t know if I’m brave enough as I hate fiddling with the template.
    Cheers

  7. Cafe_Cafe says:

    That kind of info is really valuable. I´ll change my template right now to follow comments.
    Thanks a lot and feel free to visit me any day to have some fun.

    Entretenimiento Online

  8. Francesco says:

    Great info, I did not know about it.
    I am going to get rid of the do not follow in my wordpress.
    And I will not comment any longer in blog where the do not follow is still on.
    Am I right?

    Guadagnare online con Nuovibusiness.
    Francesco

  9. I definitely have to look into this for our Renegade Writer blog, as I’d love to encourage more comments. Thanks!

    Linda
    http://www.therenegadewriter.com

  10. Jenn says:

    It’s a nice thought in a general sense, but is missing a few points:

    1. Having no follow on is automatic with most blog platforms for a reason: it cuts down on comment spam (despite what the post says, it does work to some degree). If you advertise your blog as allowing for link juice from comments, you’ll get more worthless comments once people catch on. Comment spam is still relatively new compared to other forms, and with Google actively frowning upon paid links now for PR value, it gives people an even bigger reason to pursue it further.

    2. The point of commenting should never be about getting that “link juice.” It should be about interacting with other bloggers and building your network. Comments can also lead to a lot of direct traffic as-is, without the no-follow attribute turned off. I really don’t see a need to encourage people to post comments just for the backlinks. If they’re not commenting, someone else is wrong, and you should try to fix it (maybe the posts aren’t engaging enough, maybe you’re not reaching the right people, etc.). Getting them to post for PR value is just ignoring the deeper problem.

    3. As much as I can’t stand a lot of what Google does, introducing the no-follow attribute was definitely not a bad thing in a general sense. Even if you want to look at it from the point of PR value and such, you’re missing an important point: the more links you have on your page without no-follow turned on, the less value your page actually gives to each one. You essentially only have “so much link juice” to give. By giving it to every link, you just spread it thinner. The more comments, the thinner it gets. It also means if you’ve sold links on your site, those will get less value. If you have a blogroll, those will get less value, etc.

    I hate to be a we blanket, the “feel good” side of giving more value is really outweighed by the potential problems on this one. There are more downsides than benefits, imo at least, and there are other ways to try to increase blog comments.

    Jenn
    SixFigureWriters.com

  11. Daniel says:

    I couldn’t understand some parts of this article I Follow- Do You?, but I guess I just need to check some more resources regarding this, because it sounds interesting.

  12. Peter says:

    I think no follow is pointless, almost spiteful. Akismet picks up most of the spam on WordPress blogs on it’s own.

  13. Jenn says:

    Obviously it doesn’t pick up enough of the spam, as comment number 12 right on this thread is a spam comment that it missed (and one of the more popular ones lately… showing you precisely how clever the spammers are getting). It’s not hard for spammers to get around Akismet, especially if they only care about the link from their name, just as that spammer did. Removing no-follow just encourages them to come up with even more ways around it. Akismet is far from perfect.

  14. Interesting thoughts on the no-follow thingy – but with everyone from wikipedia to the major news sites using no-follow, doesn’t it scare you that you are giving more than you get, I wonder?

  15. Jenn Mattern says:

    Just to further my point about how removing the no-follow invites spammers and those looking to comment for the wrong reasons (for a link back as opposed to wanting to add value to your blog), here’s an interesting thread at the digitalpoint forums (one of the largest webmaster forums around) including several links to lists of blogs that have disabled the no-follow attribute (a spammer’s gold mine). Combine things like that with the fact that spammers are getting smarter (as evidenced by the extremely common spam comment that’s still live at comment #12 right on this thread), and perhaps you’ll start to see that the risks of disabling the feature can in fact outweigh any benefit.

  16. Nice blog, doing the favour for your commentors.

    yes i do come across in some blogs who are giveing nofollow link to their commentors so as to prevent spammers and because of links spam Google is decreasing the PR of blogger’s site. so what my suggestion is that those bloggers who are giving nofollow link to their commentors can prevent those spammers by moderating their comments and allow followable links for Good commentors.

  17. Yang says:

    Hi, your site is included in our index of DoFollow sites search engine!

    Cheers!

  18. weirdo says:

    The thing itself is really exciting that it finally breaks the prejudice that has divided us for so long, the communications, the link love and so forth.

    On the other hand, one is expected to do more to prevent spam comments if ‘dofollow’ is the way, making sure only serious contributions and kind commentators get what they deserve.

  19. Miadeo says:

    Nice blog. I’m liking how the dofollow movement is really gaining steam! You bring up some good points, but I agree that the pros far outweigh the cons.

  20. I write for various blogs and also use the do follow attribute, however I find that some types of blogs are easier to change than others. The first time I changed the code in my wordpress blog I ended up having to reinstall the theme template for some reason.

  21. Nick says:

    I also own several blogs myself. I use the NoFollow attribute on blogs where i get much spam comments, on others i don´t use it. Too bad the internet is so polluted with spammers.

    Nick

  22. murad12s says:

    Hey thats great you have made it a do follow blog 🙂
    But my question is always do u get quality comments ??
    By this, will your pagerank increase ??? And if i comment these types of blog, then will my blog pagerank ang technorati rank will increase ??
    Hope you will answer my question . Because I’m thinking to turn my blog into a do-follow blog .

  23. The one thing that I seem to notice is that for the blogs that have NoFollow no one seems to leave a comment and the blog gets stale. The more comments will keep the blog fresh and more traffic will increase your alexa ranking. What we all want is more traffic and most blogs are not about search engine rankings. They are about giving content and voicing opinions. thanks I will check back often. Good choice.

  24. I’m still deciding on whether or not it would be worth it to remove the nofollow tag on the comment links. Yes, it will attract more comments, but also more spam. But looking at this post, it still has a fair PR with it, so why not remove the nofollow on all blog posts?

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  26. Pretty good article. I like it, keep it up.

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