Do you No Follow ? I Now Follow, join the Do Follow Community
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UPDATE: 5/31/2009 – after a considerable and prolonged debate and discussion I’ve been having with myself and ever increasing amount of lame comments just to have a backlink I decided to draw the line and remove the DOFOLLOW plugin. People just don’t know when to stop …
The rel=nofollow attribute has been around now for a few years, and was introduced to discourage abuse perpetrated by those who would aggressively post comments to blogs for a link: The objective was to discourage and hopefully put an end to comment spam.
If you have been running a blog for more than 6 months you know just how bad the situation is: without some sort of protection your blog is exposed to some of the worst spam out there. Just a few months ago Minister of Education here in Italy (Fioroni) set up his blog and was inundated with porno spam making him look like the fool on a hill.
Spam is here and is not likely to disappear in the near future unless global action is taken against spammers and it’s gonna be a cold day in hell before that happens. So while we are all so busy trying to find new ways to network and promote our sites, we are missing out on a great opportunity to increase our exposure and, if we are good at it, our reputation. What’s the missed opportunity ?
The nofollow on our blogs. Just think of all the comments you have left on blogs where your link was neutralized by an automatic rel=nofollow. So I’ve decided to do away with the rel=nofollow – the hell with it. What are the disadvantages to eliminating the rel=nofollow attribute? You’re giving away some of your link juice. What are the advantages to eliminating the rel=nofollow attribute? I think they outweigh the disadvantages by far – let’s take a closer look:
- Releasing your link love into the web is an open act of honesty that will pay: what goes around comes around.
- Bloggers will be more inclined to leave a comment on your blog. Let’s be honest, you’ll take the time to leave a comment if you’re really motivated or I get hot under the collar because of something that is being said. In all other circumstances you’re really not motivated to leave feedback, and we know that search engines take into consideration comments that are left on blogs as an indicator of relevance. We all ask ourselves what’s in it for me ? He gets a comment and I get a dead link – big deal !
- Eliminating rel=nofollow increases your exposure. As these links are now active they will be used by the search engines and technorati . People looking at back links will find links coming from your blog and perhaps pay you a visit. It’s another way of promoting your blog.
I stripped the rel=nofollow from my blog – yes that’s right, if you leave a comment you’ll get a legitimate link that you’ll see as a backlink to you in the search engines and technorati. I do moderate my comments so if you wish to leave your considerations on the i follow movement please do – but remember it’s gotta be relevant and good quality. Here are some site you’ll need to visit for more information on do follow.
And now to some link love … If you’re a wordpress blogger, here is the link to the do follow plugin. The DoFollow Blog list is courtesy of Courtney Tuttle and was created originally by Coleen as the D-List. You can find some do follow buttons here.