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U Comment, I DoFollow. Do You Follow?

Posted on June 14, 2007 by Tim Schroeder

Today I added a new DoFollow WordPress plugin by SemioLogic.com

WordPress by default adds the Google nofollow attribute to all outgoing links in comments. This nofollow attribute is intended to reduce the levels of comment blog SPAM from untrusted websites. The Akismet WordPress Plugin I’m using does a pretty darn good job weeding out SPAM on its own.

The DoFollow WordPress plugin I just installed to eMonetized removes this tag. You will now not only get some traffic from your comments on eMonetized but I’ll also be sharing the link love.

Do You Want To DoFollow on Your WordPress Blog? You can follow the link to the script I’m using above or check out Andy Beard’s Ultimate List of DoFollow & Nofollow Plugins.

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38 Responses to “U Comment, I DoFollow. Do You Follow?”

  1. Steven

    - 15th Jun, 07 10:06pm

    I’ve been seeing a lot of this lately. I’d be interested to see a follow up in a few weeks to see what your experience with DoFollow is like.

  2. Zac Johnson

    - 16th Jun, 07 02:06am

    Thanks! I’ve been meaning to install this plugin and just did because of your post! πŸ™‚

  3. Tao

    - 16th Jun, 07 02:06am

    Wow, that’s very generous of you. Thanks a bunch!

  4. Keiron

    - 18th Jun, 07 09:06pm

    Welcome to the community!

  5. Mark Barrera

    - 19th Jun, 07 02:06pm

    Glad to see you have joined the movement!

  6. Derek Wong

    - 19th Jun, 07 06:06pm

    I realized something similar awhile back and wrote No-NoFollow after I did. Good to see new people realizing the same!

  7. Erik Karey

    - 21st Jun, 07 04:06pm

    I just installed the plugin about a week ago. I think it’s a great idea to help each other out with link love.

  8. wine review

    - 21st Jun, 07 08:06pm

    Good info. I didn’t realize that no-follow was a default in WP. Now I can enable follow and encourage comments! πŸ™‚

  9. TeamTutorials

    - 22nd Jun, 07 01:06pm

    I used this plug in and top commentators. I think they both give readers an incentive to comment.

  10. SimonC

    - 29th Jun, 07 11:06am

    Do Follow is the way to go, spam can easily be got rid of in other ways.

    The NoFollow command seems rather spiteful to me, why shouldn’t someone who is leaving a comment be shared a little ‘link juice’?

  11. Brandon

    - 29th Jun, 07 07:06pm

    I recently started a blog and just found out about this nofollow thing today. I’ve been checking around and I noticed that nearly every blog (and also sites like Slashdot) add this tag to all user links.

    Well ba-humbug! I think using DoFollow is a great way to encourage readers to comment and that adding nofollow to every link may be a bit misguided.

  12. Desty

    - 29th Jun, 07 11:06pm

    I just got around to doing my weekly maintence on the blog and added the DoFollow Plugin πŸ™‚

  13. ReviewSaurus

    - 5th Jul, 07 03:07am

    don’t you think that it may harm your page rank or the search engine love?

  14. The Happy Rock

    - 10th Jul, 07 04:07pm

    DoFollow often makes sense for smaller sites, but I think as the site grows your links are worth more and will encourage more posting just for the link love. Most sites want people who are interested in becoming involved in the community.

    With that said, I am a small site and I do follow too.

  15. Chris

    - 22nd Jul, 07 01:07pm

    The NoNoFollow movement is a great way to increase blog participation at the end of the day if you want to leave a comment the last thing you want is for it to be moderated by some backdoor piece of code. I for one have implemented the DoFollow plugin on my blogs and hope more people do so in the future.

  16. Community Building Blog

    - 22nd Jul, 07 08:07pm

    My blog has been ‘link love enabled’ pretty much from day one. It is only fair to reward those that take the time to contribute and add value to my blog.

    As for spam – Akismet takes care of that rather effectively.

    – Martin Reed

  17. TeamTutorials

    - 25th Jul, 07 12:07am

    As for spam, akismet takes care of most of it. The ones that do get through I can take care of in a matter of minutes. In my experience, the people that are motivated to comment because you have this plug in enables, are leaving quality comments because they are bloggers themselves, and know what it is like to get spammed.

  18. Eric

    - 16th Aug, 07 06:08pm

    I think no follow is pointless, almost spiteful. As you rightly say, Akismet picks up most of the spam on WordPress blogs.

  19. Word Hugger

    - 3rd Sep, 07 07:09am

    I think that bloggers should moderate their blogs, but that the commenters who are not the spammers should be rewarded, with as simple a thing as a link.

    Congrats on joining the dofollow movement. I have bookmarked your site, and if I find some useful information to add to a post, I will definetly leave a comment.

    πŸ™‚

  20. Karthik

    - 11th Sep, 07 09:09pm

    Welcome to the community! Ironical though that this post is linked to from every comment box with a nofollow!

  21. Tim Schroeder

    - 11th Sep, 07 09:09pm

    Thanks Karthik. Yea, I didn’t want to send so much page rank to this particular page. πŸ™‚

  22. Karthik

    - 12th Sep, 07 05:09am

    Lol, I figured πŸ˜‰
    And I really liked the follow up mail that you sent me for commenting – what plugin do you use to thank commenters on your blog? Although I have a grand total of zero commenters, I would like to thank them eventually!

  23. Viajes

    - 17th Sep, 07 10:09am

    ItΒ΄s ok to follow, but when you follow 300 comments then the commentor get zero link love…

  24. Neil

    - 18th Sep, 07 08:09pm

    The good thing with dofollow links as oppose to nofollow, is that it can actual help a websites listings, Google will spider the site and realise that the content update, the more comments the updates which for your site as a whole is a very good way to encourage user generated content, the phenomenon of nofollow has been taken to strongly, people even try getting reciprocal links add a no follow to it, very sneaky. If your using wordpress make sure you install Askimet, this plugin will eliminate much of the spam from automated blogging programs, also look out for the occasional “I found your post very interesting and have similar views myself”, spammers are getting smarter so my thoughts are keep dofollow’s it can only do your site good, so giving a link away is your way of saying thanks for the free content.

  25. Bape

    - 28th Sep, 07 01:09am

    Its ironic that many talk about this but then actually use no follow.

  26. Hugo Santos

    - 28th Oct, 07 02:10am

    im using do follw on my blog, the spam is not a problem to me… only a couple of clicks to get ride of them with akismet πŸ™‚ although there are better plugins i guess.

  27. Aislandas

    - 12th Nov, 07 01:11pm

    I use Do follow on my blog too, but I get some spam comments time to time and I didn’t know about this plugin to WP, I will use it too.

  28. bluefrogx

    - 27th Nov, 07 08:11pm

    Spam is pretty much regular though, even with nofollow I still get spam, nowadays I still get the same amount even with dofollow installed. The only difference is, I get a lot of commenters with anchor links as their nicknames πŸ™

  29. cat whipple

    - 16th Jan, 08 02:01am

    i just started blogging about 2 months ago and just discovered the do follow movement a couple of weeks ago. i’ve had a website for several years and i must say i think that bloggers are so much more generous with their links. its hell trying to get any links to my website. so i’m happy to be a blogger now. and my blog is do follow.

  30. Jenish Shah

    - 28th Feb, 08 06:02am

    Honestly speaking if you have a moderator who is up on the job of moderating the blog then I don’t think that you need a “no follow” attribute. Also just think about those people who genuinely comment and want to be recognized. Some way or the other websites are looking out for ways to generate traffic and it can happen only when you let the comment be recognized by the blogs. The search engine ranking aspect comes much later.

  31. rick zepeda

    - 12th Mar, 08 06:03pm

    I just learned about this little trick on youtube and it seems to be getting some real good attention. I hope people are making commments based on what they really think rather just for the link love. In other words I hope it doen’t takeaway from the good comments.

  32. unTECHy

    - 21st Apr, 08 12:04am

    Welcome to the do-follow movement. Askimet does remove the majority of my spam as well. I follow as a reward to my readers who chose to comment.

    Thanks!

  33. Michael

    - 3rd Nov, 08 02:11pm

    I’m glad wordpress bloggers are following the dofollow movement. I think its great as long as people don’t bombard you with comments like I always get on my blogs. Really annoys me when I get the same comment posted like 10 times that says “I don’t fully understand, but I get your point.” So many times I receive this comment from the same user too. Quite annoying.

  34. punkypaige

    - 19th Nov, 08 05:11am

    I also put do follow on my blog and it makes me feel tired to erase spam comments but it is ok. I want my readers to receive backlinks from me.

  35. trebinje

    - 4th Dec, 08 05:12pm

    I think no follow is pointlessMore link love,more society,more humanity.

  36. Villas in Seminyak

    - 23rd Mar, 09 01:03pm

    I think no follow is pointless, almost spiteful.
    Askimet does remove the majority of my spam as well. I follow as a reward to my readers who chose to comment.

  37. Arnold Outsourcing Philippines

    - 29th May, 09 04:05am

    What i am interested is how to set up a blog into do follow. Do you have a post on how to do that? Or give me a reference links.

    Pleassssssseeee..

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