If you don’t even know what DoFollow or NoNoFollow is, then chances are you have a NoFollow Blog and you are unknowingly not rewarding your commenters links back to their website. Back in 2007, we had a community of bloggers commited to sharing the Link-Love, as we all chose not to be selfish and share link love publicly. I heard that there was another community who choose to publicly keep all the link-juice for themselves and choose not to allow DoFollow. Thankfully, that occurred during the years I was offline, because my Kill-With-Kindness attitude would’ve totally fought back for some Link-Lovin’-Power.
Anyways, during the time of my relaunch in February that I was re-evaluating my backlink strategies, assessing my SEO qualities, and worked hard to get my Google PageRank from a 3 to a 4. During my research, I noticed that many of my year-old backlinks cached on google and alexa were from blogs who followed-back, so blog commenting on DoFollow blogs proved highly beneficial.
I meant to write a blog post sharing this discovery by listing all the blogs that allowed DoFollow and to my complete dismay–many of those blogs are NoFollow blogs now–and my list is literally non-existent now! I honestly believe that all the previous DoFollow blogs, many dear colleagues of mine, are unknowingly NoFollow, so once I hit “Publish” I will be emailing everyone to share the link love in my happy-free-blog-lovin’-ways. So, what are your next steps?
Benefits of DoFollow Blog
- As a DoFollow Blog, you will attract many more commenters, and many more repeat commenters; thereby creating a highly engaged blog community. After all, you starting a blog for the interaction of your unique blogposts, right? And, more traffic and activity is great for your search engine rankings, Google PageRank, alexa ranking, etc.
- As a commenter, you know the blog you’re commenting one is owned by a blogger who’s appreciative of your thoughtful comment so much that he/she is conscientiously rewarding you for your interaction.
1. How To Become a DoFollow NoNoFollow Blog
WordPress: Install the DoFollow plugin – That’s It!
Blogger: How to DoFollow on Blogger
2. How to check DoFollow
Thanks to Sly Blogger, he shares that we should install this Firefox add-on . Yes, Sly Blogger is a DoFollower, so thank him with a kind comment for (a) offering the tutorial and (b) being a DoFollow Blog who shares his link love.
It was through this add-on that I was able to discover that all the blogs who allowed link backs to my site years ago and no longer allow.
Truth is, even if a blog is a NoFollow Blog, I continue to comment if deemed worthy; but I know many would love to allow DoFollow because it’s clearly a win-win
3. Let’s Follow One Another
- Grab a Button. Again, thanks to Sly Blogger, I’m using his button (please download to your own server, while I’d love to share link-love, server-space has crashed and my site is slow enough); however here are some other cool buttons created in 2009 I thought had advanced since my 2007 posts linked above.
- Write a DoFollow Annoucement & Instruction Post for your readers.
- Link Back to this Introduction Post with the Mr. Linky below.
- Comment Below! Note: Mr. Linky’s and similar linking thingies do not “Follow back”. So, you should must comment if you want a live link back to your site.
- Comment Back. Highly-recommended plugin to install for WordPress is Subscribe to Comments. Now, I typically, even for my 100-200+ commented giveaway contests reply back to commenters here; I’ve fallen behind only the past few weeks due to the move…but, if I comment elsewhere I typically “subscribe to comments” to see if/when the blog owner replies to my comments or another commenter shares a valid piece that I want to continue in the dialogue.
FYI: Disquis is a NoNoFollow commenting system.
I know of only one instance that this particular system is is valid. My dear colleague owns nearly 2-dozens blogs and it is more time and cost-efficient to login to one system to reply to comments of all her blogs and follow her comments on other blogs.
Now, if you only have 1 small blog and even if you comment on 100s of blogs a day (which I’ve never heard possible), I’m against Disquis.
As for the benefits of logging in via twitter and facebook, I also find those multiple login reasons to bare very little importance to me as a blogger, because my goal at the end of the day is not to build my main platform on a public social media site–I want the dialogue to always remain with me: Ponn Sabra, the blogger and owner of AmericanMuslimMom.com
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