I have decided to share the link love and allow “Do Follow” links on my Blog Comments. There has been a lot of controversy on “No Follow vs Do Follow” links, and I think it time we clarify this.
NoFollow (rel=”nofollow”) was originally introduced by Google in 2005 as a means of preventing Comment Spam from Blogs.
Do Follow puts No Restrictions on the Search Engine Robots from following links on your page, either to other internal pages on your site, or to other web sites.
From: Search Engine Roundtable
Matt Cutts an SEO Expert from Google defines it this way: The nofollow attribute is just a mechanism that gives webmasters the ability to modify PageRank flow at link-level granularity. Plenty of other mechanisms would also work (e.g. a link through a page that is robot.txt’ed out), but nofollow on individual links is simpler for some folks to use. There’s no stigma to using nofollow, even on your own internal links; for Google, nofollow’ed links are dropped out of our link graph; we don’t even use such links for discovery. By the way, the nofollow meta tag does that same thing, but at a page level.
A good rule to follow is: “If the Googlebot can’t access the page, don’t try to pass PageRank to pages. A “sign in” link is a good example of what you should “nofollow”.
He goes on to say: What are some appropriate ways to use the nofollow tag? One good example is the home page of expedia.com. If you visit that page, you’ll see that the “Sign in” link is nofollow’ed. That’s a great use of the tag: Googlebot isn’t going to know how to sign into expedia.com, so why waste that PageRank on a page that wouldn’t benefit users or convert any new visitors?
OK So What About Blog Comments?
In a post on his Blog Matt States: The rel=”nofollow” attribute is an easy way for a website to tell search engines that the website can’t or doesn’t want to vouch for a link. The best-known use for nofollow is blog comment spam, but the mechanism is completely general. Nofollow is recommended anywhere that links can’t be vouched for. If your logs analysis program shows referrers as hyperlinks, I’d recommend using nofollow on those links. If you have a wiki that anyone on the web can edit, I’d recommend nofollow on those links until you can find a way to trust those links. In general, if you have an application that allows others to add links, web spammers will eventually find your pages and start annoying you.
OK so that’s what the Super SEO Experts say, but what does this mean for us Mere Mortals? Basically in everyday normal terms bloggers can understand, here’s the deal..
By default WordPress puts nofollow on most all the links on your blog, including the Comments and Trackbacks. Therefore people will not be receiving a Link Back from your Blog by posting a comment. Most people really don’t know this so they will comment anyway. Or else if your blog gets a lot of traffic, it could be good to comment on to get exposure and possible traffic.
The alternative is give links to Commenters on your blog, to attract more potential visitors. To eliminate the spam problem you will want to Moderate your comments and manually approve them. In order to do this you will need a good DoFollow Plugin.
- SemiLogic’s DoFollow – One of the original DoFollow Plugins – Basic design, no frills, it just works. Nofollows will be removed from your Comments and Trackbacks.
- Kimmo Suominen DoFollow – This is an interesting one that offers you the option to set a time limit for adding the NoFollow attributes, or have them removed differently from comments left by registered users and other visitors.
- All Passions Link Love – This is a Cool Plugin that removes the NoFollow attribute from comments where the commenter has commented 10 (configurable) or more times. This means that you can share the link love with those commenters who are genuinely part of the community and contributing to your blog.
- Lucia’s Linky Love – Here’s a cool plugin that, similar to Link Love gives you the option to reware commenters with a DoFollow Link Back after a certain number of comments, but also has other cool features to Thwart Comment Spammers
But What About My Internal Links?
In a post on his blog, Andy Beard offers an interesting option with the “No Follow Dupes” plugin. It’s an SEO plugin for advanced WordPress Search Engine Optimization techniques. Essentially:
Rather than blocking duplicate content pages, they can be used to your advantage, but as customized landing pages and a method of channelling “Google Juice” away from pages that are receiving the majority of links, to pages that you wish to rank well, and also to your homepage to enhance monetization.
This Plugin Allows Internal Links To Be Followed
This plugin adds rel=”nofollow” to all links within the content that are displayed on your home page and duplicate content pages. Search engine followable links remain on page, single and RSS feeds.
Download it here: Nofollow Those Dupes 1.0
So in conclusion, this is really a long round about way of explaining this simple concept…
You Can Get A PR3 Link Back From SteveRenner.Com
Just comment on any of my posts!