More People Spread Link Love With DoFollow

Turns out we’ve got a movement on our hands.

I wrote about removing NoFollow from your blog just about a month ago. Since then more and more people have followed suit. I didn’t start the movement, but it’s nice to be a part of it and push it along.

For those catching up, NoFollow is a tag added automatically to URLs input into comments so that those URLs don’t gain any link love / Google juice from you. It was a means to deter spammers from posting comments to try and boost their URLs search rankings. Of course it didn’t deter spammers at all. And people who comment properly and regularly on your blog weren’t getting as much value as they could from doing so.

Removing NoFollow is extremely easy and there are numerous WordPress plugins for doing so.

What’s particularly interesting about this whole thing is the true movement of people making the switch to DoFollow – inspired by others.

DoFollow iconRanda Clay has made the move, and on top of that she’s created a cool little icon you can put in your sidebar to let people know that you’ve setup DoFollow.

It’s a nice way for bloggers to show they care about the people who comment regularly and add real value. Plus, it’s a great move on Randa’s part to do a little marketing of her own…nice work Randa!

If you haven’t setup DoFollow yet, go for it. Don’t be shy. You won’t get more spam. You won’t have more work to do. At minimum you’ll be helping others. You may also start to see more comments and interesting discussion take place on your blog, which is what it’s all about.

Added Note: Andy Beard just informed me of his No NoFollow I Follow DoFollow Community setup through BUMPzee. I’ve just signed up to show my support for the cause.

April 13, 2007 Posted in Blogging, Online Community by

  • http://www.bitsandbuzz.com/ Jeremy Chone

    Late to the party, but I am here now. I just installed the dofollow wordpress plugin. I also did a logo, not very proud of it, but did not find better.

  • http://www.bitsandbuzz.com/ Jeremy Chone

    Late to the party, but I am here now. I just installed the dofollow wordpress plugin. I also did a logo, not very proud of it, but did not find better.

  • http://baltimoreseo-by-murph.com/maryland-internet-marketing-services/ Murph

    Dofollow over at my blog all day long! :)

  • http://baltimoreseo-by-murph.com/maryland-internet-marketing-services/ Murph

    Dofollow over at my blog all day long! :)

  • http://baltimoreseo-by-murph.com/maryland-internet-marketing-services/ Murph

    Dofollow over at my blog all day long! :)

  • http://www.tradeindia.com/ Tradeindia

    Its a nice idea. Its not good to avoid all commenter’s bcoz of some spammers.
    all should have to follow the do follow.

  • http://www.kerjasampinganaja.blogsome.com dextro

    How do we change no follow to do follow attribute in blogsome? I personally think that “U comment I follow” is a great idea.

  • http://www.dofollownet.com Keiros

    I use DoFollow in all my blogs but I’m forced to review comments before publication as I get tons of spam by Chinese or Russian spammers all days long.

    I just started a Digg-like social bookmarking called….dofollownet and it allows DoFollow links from within the articles. I welcome all submissions as long as they are well written, related to the category in which they are posted and not too spammy ;-)

  • http://www.dofollownet.com Keiros

    I use DoFollow in all my blogs but I’m forced to review comments before publication as I get tons of spam by Chinese or Russian spammers all days long.

    I just started a Digg-like social bookmarking called….dofollownet and it allows DoFollow links from within the articles. I welcome all submissions as long as they are well written, related to the category in which they are posted and not too spammy ;-)

  • http://www.menumaster1.com Robert & Cynthia Sweeley

    I have been going Do-Follow for a few months now with good results. My main concern was getting spam comments. I’ve found that the Spam Karma plugin flags most of the spam comments and it just takes me a few minutes a day to monitor comments.

    I think dofollow will become more popular since social media is becoming so big. Encouraging comments enhances community building and relationship building.

    Moving away from our prior business of making menus for restaurants, we’re looking to add more income by using social networking sites. Dofollow is definitely the way to go!

  • http://www.menumaster1.com Robert & Cynthia Sweeley

    I have been going Do-Follow for a few months now with good results. My main concern was getting spam comments. I’ve found that the Spam Karma plugin flags most of the spam comments and it just takes me a few minutes a day to monitor comments.

    I think dofollow will become more popular since social media is becoming so big. Encouraging comments enhances community building and relationship building.

    Moving away from our prior business of making menus for restaurants, we’re looking to add more income by using social networking sites. Dofollow is definitely the way to go!

  • http://themonetizedblogger.com Randy

    I just posted some new Free U Comment I Follow Buttons & Badges on my blog for anyone who wants a dofollow badge that’s a little more Web 2.0

  • http://themonetizedblogger.com Randy

    I just posted some new Free U Comment I Follow Buttons & Badges on my blog for anyone who wants a dofollow badge that’s a little more Web 2.0

  • http://mattmcguire.com Matt McGuire

    I understand the need for the nofollow in the past, but with today’s spam filters I don’t have much of an issue removing the nofollow from comments. I wish more wikis removed the nofollow from links as well.

  • http://mattmcguire.com Matt McGuire

    I understand the need for the nofollow in the past, but with today’s spam filters I don’t have much of an issue removing the nofollow from comments. I wish more wikis removed the nofollow from links as well.

  • Per Lustig

    We know blog commenting can turn into spamming, but if done right and respectfully, commenting can be a good addition to a link building strategy as you know. So we have tweaked a custom google search to search for specific keywords and only return blog posts and web pages built on a popular open source CMS that all allow dofollow links in comments. You can find the search tool at http://commentlinkbuilding.info

  • Per Lustig

    We know blog commenting can turn into spamming, but if done right and respectfully, commenting can be a good addition to a link building strategy as you know. So we have tweaked a custom google search to search for specific keywords and only return blog posts and web pages built on a popular open source CMS that all allow dofollow links in comments. You can find the search tool at http://commentlinkbuilding.info

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