The nofollow vs dofollow debate has been going on since Google invented the nofollow tag.

For those that are new or haven’t ran across these terms, here’s what they are in a nutshell.

A nofollow tag is inserted into the anchor tags in a html document (web page).

Where a normal link would look like this
<a href=”http://www.example.com”>Click here</a>.

One with a nofollow modifier looks like this
<a href=”http://www.example.com rel=”nofollow”>Click here</a>

So what does nofollow do? Even that is up for debate depending on who you ask. Theoretically, Google came up with the modifier to the anchor tag to help prevent comment spamming. Google says they don’t follow these links off the site nor do they use them for crawling or indexing the site the link leads to. In other words, if the spammer is not going to get any benefit in regards to pagerank or indexing Google thought they would just stop spamming.

Well it didn’t work very well. Comment spamming is at an all time high and the only ones who really suffer the pains of nofollow are the people who leave valuable, insightful comments to posts, and the blog owners themselves because these types of posts are discouraged when there is no “link love” available.

Now I’m not saying that people will not post comments at all, but if I saw two blogs on the same subject, one using nofollow and one allowing follow, and I had something I wanted to add to the discussion by way of a comment, guess which blog I’d leave my comment on?

I know a lot of you would say…. BOTH! 🙂 But I don’t work that way. Like my wife always says, “if you’re not part of the solution, you’re part of the problem!” No, I’d post to the blog with the dofollow links. Why wouldn’t I want to get at least a chance of gaining a little “link love” for my time and energy?

I already have my take on this debate and I’ll let you know what it is a little later, but first, a little rant. To put this post together I decided to do a couple searches and see what others had to say about it. What did I discover? Most, or about 60/30 are in favor of removing the nofollow modifier. The other 10 percent seem to think it doesn’t make any difference either way. What I found that really frosted my butt was that of the blogs that reported they were in favor of doing away with the nofollow modifier, 100% of the ones I looked at had nofollow tags in all the comments and most had them in other links as well.

Even some that said they would never use them and wanted to encourage comment posters had them active. How do it know this? Well there’s more than a few ways to check for nofollow tags. If you use Firefox, there is a css hack outlined here http://www.makeyougohmm.com/20070816/4727/ that will do it. This is the one I use because it’s easy to do, does exactly what I want – nothing more, and doesn’t require yet another FF extension.

There are also some excellent SEO plugins that do this plus much more, however, you do have to be a little careful with them as you can be banned from the search engines if you use them too much. Here’s a couple links… http://tools.seobook.com/firefox/seo-for-firefox.html and http://www.seoquake.com/ use at your own risk and be sure you know what you’re doing. (Turn it off when you’re not actively doing research and a proxy would probably be a good idea.) And there are also software packages that you can enter a keyword phrase and they will go out and find the matching blogs with dofollow tags! I have one of these and it works pretty good.

Ok, you’ve been patient. Here is my take on it. I don’t actively seek out blogs that don’t use the nofollow tag. But if I’m on the borderline as to whether to comment or not, the nofollow tag does sway my decision, even if it is a at a subconscious level. But remember, links in comments can still be clicked on sending you targeted traffic even if the search engines don’t follow them.

Here is my strategy. I should be charging for this stuff by the way. 🙂

Post comments quickly on blogs that get a lot of traffic. Especially if the comment order is by date ascending. If you can get your comment at or near the top it’s going to have the best chance at being read by everyone who comes later and perhaps even (heaven forbid) clicked on. 🙂

Now let’s take it one step further. Make your comment something of value. Introduce another idea regarding the post. Make it informative, or make it controversial, or both! Don’t just say I learned a lot and thanks, or worse yet “nice post”. These scream of spamming just to get back links. Plus, who is going to click on your link if that’s all you have to say?

Instead, make a point, show readers that you have something to say and you know what you’re talking about. And if you can work it in, try to leave the reader subconsciously hanging, wanting more. Done right this can almost guarantee a click through to your site. Sure it takes a little more work but the dividends will pay off in the long run!

So? What are you waiting for? Post a comment below and let’s see how you do! 🙂 Unlike other blogs that tell you their comments are “dofollow”, mine really are. Leave insightful comments and be rewarded with not only traffic but also some “link love”! 🙂

To your success!

Ken

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11 Responses to “No Follow or Do Follow? Let’s put an end to this in 2009!”

  1. Beatles Vinyl on October 29th, 2009 at 5:45 am

    Do Follow blogs make the world go round. Web masters willing to give others following links for a comment are really the good sorts!

  2. Janyce Householder on March 11th, 2010 at 1:44 pm

    I would like to thank the author for his marvelous efforts. I always enjoy reading such articles which provides knowledge based information. Regards, Janyce Householder

  3. NLP Training on March 27th, 2010 at 2:32 am

    Do Follow blogs accomplish the apple go round. Web masters accommodating to accord others afterward links for a animadversion are absolutely the acceptable sorts!

  4. Pancreatitis Diet on August 15th, 2010 at 9:05 am

    I love do follow and want to thank you for being one of them and especially promoting it in your articles.

  5. RC Vliegtuig on November 5th, 2010 at 5:11 pm

    Share the love, if somebody posts a nice comment on your blog, why not give them credit for their blog/website?

    And what is the trouble of just moderating your comments.. Imo the nofollow attribute is just for lazy blog moderators 😉

    Greetings,

    R.C. Vliegtuig

  6. john on December 20th, 2010 at 11:57 am

    does anybody know the exact time SEO netlinks is coming out? i heard it’s an amazing way to build tons of traffic

  7. Cataclysm Leveling Guide on January 2nd, 2011 at 11:53 am

    Its a shame now to see the amount of blogs which are nofollow these days. If people didnt spam the hell out of everything because they are too lazy to make a decent comment on anothers page then it would be a lot easier for everyone esle to keep dofollowing.

  8. Dofollow links on February 27th, 2011 at 8:57 am

    We noticed that your site is dofollow. We just made first wordpress dofollow search engine and we have added your blog. This will increase the visitors. You have our adress on our name on this commnent. We will be very thankful if you will also give us a hand in promoting it by adding our url somewhere on your blog.

  9. Igre@Igrice on April 3rd, 2012 at 8:48 pm

    Do follow is a good way to get some traffic.

  10. seo 301 redirect htaccess on September 20th, 2012 at 7:51 am

    Hi.I hope somebody can help me. I have a javascript form on my website that when you click the button, it takes you to a different web page. It works perfectly in IE, but in firefox this button does nothing. Any ideas?

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