Proud to be a Do-Follow Blog!

What the heck is Do-Follow? Do-follow tells search engines to recognize hyperlinks and allow them to influence the target web site’s search engine rankings. That’s a pretty major thing in terms of ranking and traffic!

Unbeknownst to many bloggers, leaving comments on other people’s blogs with a link to your site doesn’t necessarily mean you’re going to generate a back-link and more traffic. If you are a blog owner, you may not be aware that just having the Comment Luv plug-in installed isn’t enough.

Most blogging software (WordPress included) have the “no-follow” command built into the software code. This instructs search engine’s to completely ignore links to external sites, and unless you are an html professional, changing that can be pretty tricky. However, there are ways to make your blog a “do-follow” blog without messing with your code – plug-ins.

You’re probably thinking…”Why on earth would I want my blog to be a do-follow blog? All that’s going to happen is I’ll be bombarded with spam!” Well, there are plug-ins that deal with spam, too. And as a blog owner, you should reward the people who regularly read and comment on your blog for helping your traffic and search engine rankings by giving them a back-link and helping their traffic and rankings in return. In order to reward my readers for commenting, I not only use the Comment Luv plug-in– which actually puts a link to the commenter’s most recent blog post at the end of their comment, but I also use the Do-Follow plug-in, which removes the evil nofollow attribute of comments.

As for the spam comments? Regardless of whether you are a do-follow or a no-follow blog, you’re going to get spam comments. There are hundreds of plug-ins that will deal with spam for you, but the Akismet plug-in is not only free, it comes pre-installed with WordPress, and it does a very good job of catching spam. The only caveat is that you should empty your spam folder once a week (otherwise the spam comments can build up), but since you’re a blogger, you’re probably on your site to make posts that often anyway, so there’s not much extra you have to do. I also recommend you read your comments or set them up so they have to be approved before they are visible (I often get a kick out of some of the stuff people say!), just to make sure there’s no spam showing up on your site. You can also set WordPress so it doesn’t e-mail you every time you get a comment – you just have to remember to check for comments every day. Remember, you can always delete a comment if it looks suspicious.

Update: 5/20/11:

The instructions above are for WordPress, however, it has come to my attention that you can modify the html code in Blogger to make your blog Do-Follow. Here is a submitted method for editing your code…

Click expand widgets, and use cntrl+F to search for ‘nofollow’.

There are two places this shows up, once in the comment widget, and again in the trackback/linkback widget. Delete the code: rel=’nofollow’

In both cases this appears to be a way to get rid of this in Blogger blogs without installing anything else.

Thanks for submitting the tip, Cbeck!

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Comments

  1. I have been searching the Internet for this info and just wanted to thank u for this post. Also, just off topic, where can i find a version of this theme? – Thank you

    • Cheryl says:

      You can’t, lol. It’s the Genesis Framework with a major customization of the Serenity Child Theme. I did all the graphics and customization myself.

  2. waterpearls says:

    Nice post and I also want to make my blog a do follow and thanks for sharing your information here.

  3. Okay. Maybe a stupid question. Are the plug-ins for any blogging platform or just for WordPress. I LOVE this idea.

  4. KJ says:

    I had no idea! (Although I also didn’t expect any link-back from commenting–but it would be nice!) I’m off to try to add these plug-ins now. And bookmarking you!

  5. cbeck says:

    That’s interesting. I had no idea this was default. Apparently in Blogger, you can also edit the html of your template, click expand widgets, and use cntrl+F to search for ‘nofollow’. There are two places this shows up, once in the comment widget, and again in the trackback/linkback widget. deleting the code:
    rel=’nofollow’
    in both cases appears to be a way to get rid of this in blogspot blogs without installing anything else. Thanks for raising the awareness!

  6. Elle says:

    I’m going to have to try this. If it isn’t too difficult I just may be able to get it right. Thanks Cheryl!

  7. I actually posted a link to this on my blog. I have wanted to do this for years but needed someone to spell out the instructions while I was sitting in front of my computer :). Thanks again, so much.

  8. Dee Ann Rice says:

    Cheryl,

    Great information on dofollow. Most people do not have any idea to what nofollow or dofollow is.

    Having a dofollow blog creates a great little gift to give people that leave you a comment. They leave a comment and get a backlink for their site.

    A backlink is a great gift as the more backlinks the better ranking a site has.

    Thanks for making this confusing topic easy to understand.

    Dee Ann

  9. Thank you so much for this information. I have always wanted to make my blog do follow (I do a pretty good job of blocking spam). I installed it already.

  10. MOBILE MOMS says:

    Thanks for the insight. Having trouble with plugins on wordpress because I think you have to be an upgraded site or something! Maybe time to upgrade my mobilemoms.wordpress.com blog! would love for you to visit and comment! Thanks for the info!

  11. Thanks for the tip! I hadn’t even realised that nofollow was the default.