You Comment and I Follow
Written by search engine optimization consultant Blake J. Discher.
Most SEO experts agree on at least one thing: incoming links to your web pagees are very important when it comes to determining where your page will appear in the search engine listings. An impediment to getting these valuable links is that, by default, most blog platforms are set up so that a “Do Not Enter” sign is added wherever a link appears in a comment. This means that search engines will not “count” the link as they are crawling the internet. In geek-speak this is known as a “no-follow”, originally designed to help stop comment spam. With today’s ease of comment moderation by blog owners it’s really not needed. In fact, what it actually does is remove some of the incentive for your readers to contribute the blogging community by commenting on your posts.
What can be done about this? Do what I’ve done, I’ve turned off “no-follow” because I appreciate my reader’s comments. How? It’s easy. If you use WordPress, use this plugin. If you use Blogger for your blogging, then read this instructional post on how to modify your template.
So if you’d like, please feel free to comment and include a link to your site. We’ll both benefit; you’ll have an incoming link to your site and I’ll have an engaged readership!
donabout 10 years ago
I just recently got to know about the you comment i follow thing. Nice idea you have there. (By the way your site ranked well for the keyword on google, thats how i found you)
investmentabout 10 years ago
Thanks for sharing such a great content..
Gary Edwardsabout 11 years ago
Thanks for a great articles, very useful SEO advice.
Join to shareabout 11 years ago
Really I need to join to this movement, thanks to groozi :)
Igriceabout 11 years ago
Maximum bloggers have set the nofollow attribute. Thanks Blake!
Bettyabout 11 years ago
Blake, couldn't agree with you more. I always have my comments website option set to dofollow. I believe it's important to allow everything to flow naturally and preventing that by making comment link nofollow, goes against that methodology.
Wedding Photographerabout 11 years ago
I find it some what annoying that blogs default to 'no follow' when I think the majority of bloggers don't know what 'no follow' is or that such a thing even exists! Everyone should be encouraged to be involved in the wider online community and in return why shouldn't they get a link to their site. The more someone adds to the community then the more they SHOULD be rewarded and this in turns helps the community to find companies who make an effort to interact with the online world. As mentioned in today's moderated world there is simply no need for the 'no follow' system.
Simon Coatesabout 11 years ago
What an interesting website - I am glad I happened to come across it. I did notice a spelling mistake on this page however, " your web pagees ". Of course, I never make mistakes on my site (www.simoncoatesphotography.co.uk) ;)
Invisalignabout 11 years ago
Thanks Blake to write about Nofollow/Dofollow, It's really a concern for the searcher now, It's like impossible to find a related dofollow blog to comment. Maximum blogger's have set the nofollow attributed because no one wants to share his linkjucie. I've heard Yahoo and bing follow nofollow attributed link, what do yo know about that.
company names ideasabout 11 years ago
Posting in do follow blogs is really a big help for your site. As long as you contribute and you are not spamming it, this site will at it's best.
Amandaabout 11 years ago
I was interested to read your post on encouraging comments on your blog by allowing "do follow" links. As long as comments are relevant and not spam, I too am happy to allow "do follow" links. I wasn't sure if this was a good move, but was relieved to read it should enhance my blog.
Anastasia MacGillivrayabout 12 years ago
thank u for a very inspiring "The right way to negotiate with clients " speech on photoshelter. I am an aspiring photographer and basically learning from books and experience, so i find this information very useful. I have just built myself a website and just learned what SEO is. it's fascinating how much extra things above and beyond your niche of expertise u have to learn to be succesful!
Mike Bowmanabout 12 years ago
Comments show engagement, and if nothing else, it's free User Generated Content for a site owner! So long as the content is worthwhile, it's a pretty good deal for both parties. I notice this movement started picking up in 2009, but unfortunately I've only just heard of it. I wonder - and I'd love to hear your thoughts on this - if such a movement could come back to bite site owners in the behind if they're not careful? Esp. in a Post-Panda world where it's not only important who (and with what keywords, consistency, authority, etc) links to you, but ALSO to whom you send your links... I certainly don't want a followed comment on my blog pointing out to some Phillipines drug site or gambling site, right? Even so, this movement is fascinating to me, if for no other reason than it seems to have been fairly successful and mobilized people well... I wonder if the badges had a lot to do with that?
seoabout 12 years ago
thanks for sharing this, it is useful for yours and our seo
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handmade braceletsabout 12 years ago
I noticed ever since I changed one of my blogs into a dofollow website, I've doubled my traffic. Thank you for following the randa clay movement.
SeniorPhotographersabout 12 years ago
Thanks for the advice hope to read more.
Stink Bugabout 12 years ago
Nice move. I'm going to remove the nofollow comment attribute this week as well in my blog.
L.A. Photographerabout 12 years ago
Thanks for the advice! I'll be sure to change the settings on my blog.
GreenTent Designabout 12 years ago
I like how you think, Blake! :) I like the idea of blogs being "two-way streets" where both the blogger and the commenter will get something out of each other. The blogger will get traffic for his/her site, while the commenter will get a chance to attract more traffic onto his/her site. And yes, I am one of those people who immediately click on that small "x" at the upper right hand corner once I see that the blog is a No Follow blog. ;)
Los Angeles Headshotabout 12 years ago
Ah! Thank you for the tip Blake, although I feel silly typing in a keyword for my name.
Joe Poniatowskiabout 12 years ago
Wordpress has pretty good spam blocking tools. I also use a plugin to remove the 'do not follow' attribute, and have it that way for years. I have not had any problems with spam slipping through.
Blake J. Discherabout 12 years ago
But you did the comment wrong... your "name" should be your keyword phrase! You have lots to learn grasshopper.
Vanieabout 12 years ago
Great advice. Why didn't I hire you the first time?
Steven Noreykoabout 12 years ago
Hey Blake, Thanks for another awesome SEO tip. Always teaching this old web-dog some new tricks ;)
bluetopazearringsabout 12 years ago
Dofollow is a good prize for commenter not for spammer, keep it up. I think only thoughtful comment must be posted on site and that should get link.
Akcesoria Roweroweabout 13 years ago
I’m not sure if it’s a good thing but even though it encourange many readers to post comments, it also encourage people to post useless comments. E.g a funny post, the reader could just type 1 word and spam other post too with their useless comments.
Michaelabout 13 years ago
Thanks for the information, I didn't realize that most blogs are defaulted to the "no-follow" setting. I think interaction between bloggers is the best way to build internet communities that aren't centered around sites like facebook.
Michael Jensenabout 13 years ago
I think that you rock... It's such a good idea to go Do-Follow personally my blog is also Do-Follow.. I believe that the Internet is made to the people by the people and there for it is very important to give back to the community... Awesome choice if you ask me...
Ed McDonaldabout 13 years ago
You are, as always, a wealth of insurmountable knowledge Mr Discher !!! Thank you, thank you, thank you. Oh, and where have you gone, are we taking the summer off from blogging? I look forward to seeing you this Fall in Philly.
SEO Vancouverabout 13 years ago
It’s interesting that blogs first started out as a way for people to express their opinions on their chosen subjects (at least that’s what I thought), but now it has turned into a networking tool with this dofollow and nofollow debate. But I guess business is business, and I think dofollow is the way to go.
Jasonabout 13 years ago
While the idea is a good one, there are also ones that can hurt your PR in the long run if you allow links back to larger sites like Microsoft, StumbleUpon, Technorati, and the like. A good counter-measure here is the NoFollow plugin which only disables pingbacks to large sites based on "Wikipedia nofollow" and "Identify External Links". As a general rule though, I do let most comments through and appreciate the feedback and helpful insight (and pingbacks to their sites)...
Carolyn Pottsabout 13 years ago
You're right, Blake. WordPress has a wealth of common sense features that benefit blog owners as well as visitors. The Open Source movement, which provides SO many free tools for business owners, can be both a blessing and a curse since it directly effects the revenues of those who develop competing proprietary software. The irony is that photographers who use Open Source software are keenly aware of what happens when intellectual property is not fairly valued in the marketplace. But WP definitely falls on the "blessing" list.
Ed McDonaldabout 13 years ago
As always Blake, great insight and very helpful useful information. Now hook me up! See you in a few days.
Keith Adamsabout 13 years ago
class post thanks for the insight :D
Nicholas McIntoshabout 13 years ago
I did everything mentioned in the article and comments, and my comments are still nofollow. Guess Blogger people are SOL. Nicholas McIntosh Photography Atlanta, GA & Baltimore, MD Corporate & Editorial Portrait Photography Higher Education (college & university viewbook) Photography
Nicholas McIntoshabout 13 years ago
Awesome, Thanks for doing this, and thanks for the article on modifying Blogger. Gotta go try it out now. Nicholas McIntosh PhotographyAtlanta, GA & Baltimore, MDCorporate & Editorial Portrait Photography Higher Education (college & university viewbook) Photography