In an attempt to minimize comment spam, the blogging platform you use automatically adds the rel=’nofollow’ attribute to the comments template.
rel=’nofollow’ attribute works by not following back the links that a commentator might post in his comments, in the Search Engines; as they can be a potential source of comment spam.
SP@M !!! Then why doFollow?
But, I think that all sensible bloggers visit and check out the link(s) posted by their readership. Sometimes it may not be that easy to tell what may be a spam comment but in the general scenario, a comment that is not relevant to the focus of the blog post or is just a link as for forced and undesired (by the blog admin!) promotion; is spotted easily! I believe everyone of us knows how to use the delete function! That is the very basic concept behind the doFollow movement. In these times that the culture of brotherhood is spreading across the Blogosphere, help (& self help) and promotion has got entirely a new meaning.
Also, from the wikipedia:
Some weblog authors object to the use of
rel="nofollow", arguing, for example, that
- Link spammers will continue to spam everyone to reach the sites that do not use
- Link spammers will continue to place links for clicking (by surfers), even if those links are ignored by search engines.
- Google is advocating the use of
rel="nofollow"in order to reduce the effect of heavy inter-blog linking on page ranking.
- According to the statistics shown at the Akismet’s antispam service, this tag has not stopped the comment spam and has not discouraged spammers.
- Lack of accreditation may discourage informational comments by professionals wishing to establish their PageRank reputation
How to gain an entry into the doFollow brigade?
Removing rel=”noFollow” is much more easier to do than anyone new to this stuff might have thought it to be. Here, I am listing the easy-to-follow steps to help you become a part of the doFollow brigade!
WordPress users enjoy far more convenience to be a part of doFollow movement than the Google Blogger users who have to tweak the template code to remove the noFollow attribute from comments/post templates.
- Google for a large numbers of doFollow plugins available for WordPress,
Or, download this doFollow plugin by Kimmo Suominen To use this plugin, simply place this file in the wp-content/plugins directory of your WordPress blog!
- Activate the plugin from the settings of your blog by logging into the wp-admin of your blog!
And voila! you become a doFollower now!
The BLOGGER users:
- Click on Layout from the dashboard written against your blog.
- Click on the Edit HTML sub-tab under the Template tab.
- When you’re shown your blog template code; check mark the Expand Widget Templates Field.
- Press CTRL+F and do a search for rel=’nofollow’ attribute.
- Remove any occurrence of rel=’nofollow’ from the template code.
And that is all to it… You are also a doFollower now!
P.S.: I have rel=”noFollow” removed from my blog, so whenever you leave a comment at my blog, feel free to include a link back to your blog.