Recent DoFollow Blog Directory Changes

I have made a number of significant changes to the DoFollow Blog Directory at FollowList.com. I have blogged about those changes as I have made them, but I thought a short summary was in order since I think a number of users of the directory have missed the recent changes.

I have made a number of significant changes to the DoFollow Blog Directory at FollowList.com.

I have blogged about those changes as I have made them, but I thought a short summary was in order since I think a number of users of the directory have missed the recent changes.

For those who have a blog listed in the blog directory:

1.  I am periodically going through blogs in the directory, in a random fashion.  If I review your blog, by looking at comments to see if it is truly dofollow, and if it is family appropriate, I will send a tweet about your blog.

I am sending the tweets from http://twitter.com/dofollowblogs .  This Twitter account is only a few weeks old, and it has 60 followers as of today.  I have no advertising of this Twitter account, other than on this blog and on the Followlist.com front page. So, I assume the followers of the Dofollow Blogs Twitter account are looking for dofollow blogs to comment on.

I expect this account to grow in followers over the next few months, so you could get a lot of eyeballs looking at your blog.

When I review your blog, using the criteria laid out above, if it fails my review I will suspend your blog, and of course not tweet about it.  Hopefully, this will encourage you to remain dofollow.

If you suddenly find your blog has disappeared from the directory, It’s probably because it has been suspended.  If you choose to turn remove nofollow and become dofollow, I will un-suspend your blog after I have manually reviewed it.

2.  Users of the dofollow list now have the ability to report blogs that violate the rules above (Is Dofollow and family appropriate). If your blog is reported, I will review your blog and either okay it, or suspend it.

3.  I have recently added a caching feature to the directory to speed it up.  One of the drawbacks of having a database driven website that gets a good amount of traffic, is that it starts to experience slow load times and database errors.

To solve this, the site now loads pages into a temporary cache, without accessing the database.  This improves load speed.  The only drawback, is that newly added blogs may not appear in the directory right away, it may take up to 10 minutes to appear.

For those of you using the list for finding blogs where you can leave comments:

1.  You now have the ability to report blogs that are not really dofollow.

As stated above, I am also tweeting about manually reviewed dofollow blogs.  You can receive 4-5 daily tweets about blogs that I have personally reviewed and verified to be dofollow.  Just follow http://twitter.com/dofollowblogs

I appreciate your help in cleaning up my dofollow list, to make it the cleanest free dofollow list.

2.  The site should now load faster, see point 3 above 🙂

I hope to make some enhancements soon, like allowing blog owners to have their blogs flagged as using KeywordLuv, and/or CommentLuv.  As a user of the list, is this something you would like to see?

I Will Send You Tweets of DoFollow Blogs

I will be sending Twitter Tweets of blogs in the Followlist.com DoFollow Blog directory that I have verified to be DoFollow. This is good news for you if you are looking for DoFollow blogs to comment on.

I have made another change to the Followlist.com DoFollow Blog Directory.

I will be sending Twitter Tweets of blogs in the directory that I have verified to be DoFollow.

This is good news for you if you are looking for DoFollow blogs to comment on.

Unfortunately, some blogs in the DoFollow list are actually nofollow blogs. In order to cleanup the directory and weed out dead blogs and nofollow blogs, I have asked users to report those blogs as they come across them.

In addition, I am randomly reviewing blogs in the directory a number of times a day. As I come across valid dofollow blogs, I will tweet you about them. If they are not dofollow, I will be suspending them.

So, when you follow my Twitter Tweets, you will know that blogs mentioned in those tweets have been verified as being dofollow.

If you have a blog in the DoFollow Blog Directory that has been verified to be a dofollow blog, I will be tweeting your blog.

Initially, I thought about tweeting new blogs as they were submitted to the Followlist.com dofollow blog list, but that would not have been fair to those who have been a member of the list for some time.

So, I will be randomly choosing blogs throughout the day that are dofollow and are family appropriate. All dofollow blogs will be tweeted about once, until all are done, and then I will start the process again.

So, follow me at http://twitter.com/dofollowblogs and keep a look out for your blog.

By the way, if you discover that your blog is no longer in the directory, it is probably because it was tagged as a nofollow blog. The database still contains your blog information, and your blog can be added back into the dofollow list if you make your blog dofollow. Just contact me at my Helpdesk and let me know your blog is now dofollow and provide me with your blog link. If I verify that your blog is dofollow, I will add it back into the directory.

Get The Most out of the Dofollow Blog Directory

I appreciate those who have added their dofollow blogs and have made the FollowList Dofollow Blog Directory a success. I want to make sure that those who have added their blogs to get the most out of their listing.

This is a post that I should have written some time ago.  I appreciate those who have added their dofollow blogs and have made the FollowList Dofollow Blog Directory a success.

I want to make sure that those who have added their blogs to get the most out of their listing.

I also want to take a moment to ask those who are adding their nofollow blogs to the list to please stop.  I am working on processes to identify and remove nofollow blogs, so may as well not waste your time adding them.

Too many blog owners are adding their blogs, without taking advantage of the blog directory name and description.  Following is a screen shot of the fields to complete when adding your blog.

Dofollow Blog Directory
Dofollow Blog Directory

Blog Name

The Blog Name is for your use, and is not seen in the directory listing.  It is used to help you identify your blogs.  By the way, you are allowed to have multiple dofollow blogs on the same Followlist account.

Blog Description

The Blog Description is the short description of your blog that will be the title of your blog listing.  It is best to use your main keyword for the blog description.  I see too many people not taking advantage of this field.

This will be the hyperlinked text to your blog, and is a dofollow link.  Choose your blog description wisely.

Blog URL

The Blog URL is self explanatory.

Short URL

A Short URL is assigned to your listing by default.  However, you can also define your own URL name, as long as the name is not already in use.

Dofollow Blog Category

Please place your blog in the proper Category, so those looking for blogs in your niche can find your blog.  The first category, Advertising, has several blogs in it that are not related to advertising.

Since it’s the first category and selected by default, I guess it’s easiest to just leave it a Advertising.  If your blog is not in the proper category, you are loosing visitors because they can’t find your blog.

In the future, I will make Misc the default category.

Blog Long Description

Blog Long Description should be used to give a 2-5 sentence description about what your blog is about.  You can leave this blank, but you shouldn’t.

New blogs and popular blogs are listed on the Followlist.com home page, but those with no long description are not listed.  This can be a PR3 Dofollow link for you if you fill out a good description.

In the future, I will probably tie a category selection, and a blog long description minimum length, to obtain a front page listing, rewarding those who take a few minutes to create a good listing.

Hopefully, this will help you get the most out of your dofollow blog listing.

Should I Remain DoFollow?

Should I Remain DoFollow? I have noticed the crap comments on my blog going up recently. It seems that commenting on dofollow blogs has become a popular link building strategy. The problem is people are hiring out their blog commenting, or using automated tools to post generic comments that don’t relate to the blog post, or add any value to the blog posts.

I have noticed the crap comments on my blog going up recently.  It seems that commenting on dofollow blogs has become a popular link building strategy.

The problem is people are hiring out their blog commenting, or using automated tools to post generic comments that don’t relate to the blog post, or add any value to the blog posts.

This has caused me to question whether I should continue to keep this blog dofollow.  Since this blog is all about dofollow, it would make sense to keep the comments dofollow.

But, there may come a point in time, and it may be soon, that I will have to go nofollow due to the time it takes to monitor and delete crappy comments.

Recently, one of my favorite blogs, Untwisted Vortex, went from dofollow back to nofollow due to people leaving garbage for comments.

I absolutely understand why he needed to do that, and I’m afraid more dofollow blog owners will go back to nofollow because they are starting to get more bad comments than good comments.

For now, I will leave this blog as a dofollow on comments.  But, I will no longer automatically post comments and then come back and delete those comments that are bad.  I will now leave comments in moderation and only publish those that are quality comments.

This may lead to a few day delay in approving good comments since I moderate comments about every other day.

If you are using commenting on blogs as a link building strategy, I will say it again – Please respect the blog owner and leave good, quality comments.  Good comments will also help you improve the chances of someone visiting your site.

Mike

Dofollow Blog Backlink Traffic

Is generating dofollow blog backlink traffic really worth the time and effort that it takes to make quality comments on dofollow blogs?  Does it really work?

I am a strong advocate of dofollow blogs, which is why I blog about it, and I can tell you that my experience tells me that it does work.  This blog is a perfect example.

Following are some of the dofollow blog keywords that this blog ranks for Google.

dofollow blogs (Ranks 5 out of 340,000 Results)
dofollow blog list (Ranks 3 out of 1,210,000 Results)
do follow blogs (Ranks 9 out of 80,400,000 Results)
do follow blog (Ranks 3 out of 60,200,000 Results)
do follow blog list (Ranks 4 out of 37,300,000 Results)
do follow blogs list (Ranks 2 out of 42,600,000 Results)
dofollow blog (Ranks 7 out of 460,000 Results)

Furthermore, my Alexa ranking has been dropping steadily and now stands at the 70,709th most popular site on all of the internet.  You need to take Alexa rankings with a grain of salt, but I have seen my blog traffic stats increase as my Alexa rank has dropped.

The great thing is, I haven’t really done anything special to obtain these rankings.  Here is all I have done.
1.  I made the blog dofollow.
2.  I submitted one article to Ezinearticles about dofollow blogging.
3.  I created one video, that is a spoof of the history of dofollow blogs.
4.  I submitted my site to my dofollow blog list.
5.  I have commented on other dofollow blogs.

I can’t tell you how many dofollow blogs I have commented on, because I haven’t tracked it. I can tell you it hasn’t been all that many – less than 30 I would guess.

There is no reason you shouldn’t me able to increase your blog traffic by following the simple steps above.

Here are a couple of more tips that should help you.
1.  Write good, unique content.
2.  When commenting on dofollow blogs, add quality comments.
3.  Vary your link text when commenting on dofollow blogs.
4.  Don’t always link to your main blog post.  Link to specific posts within your blog to get some deep links to individual posts.
5.  Comment on 3 dofollow blogs every day, or so.  That would give you 30 dofollow backlinks in one month, you could have 360 backlinks in a year.
6.  Comment on different dofollow blogs.  Commenting on the same dofollow blogs over and over will not do you as much good as commenting on different blogs on different domains.

Okay, get out there and start building your traffic by creating backlinks from dofollow blog comments.

Let me stress, as I always do, you must make quality comments, related to the post.  If you don’t, your comment will not be approved, or will be deleted.

Happy blogging!

Mike

Backlinks From The DoFollow Blog Directory

Now you get another dofollow backlink from the FollowList.com dofollow blog directory – and you don’t have to do anything to get it. If your blog is not dofollow yet, it should be. You can find out more about dofollow blogs here.

Now you get another dofollow backlink from the FollowList.com dofollow blog directory – and you don’t have to do anything to get it 🙂

If your blog is not dofollow yet, it should be. You can find out more about dofollow blogs here.
After you have changed your blog to dofollow, I suggest you add it to my dofollow blog directory.

Adding your blog to the directory will help those looking to post on your blog, find your blog. Plus you get a dofollow backlink from the directory.

DoFollow Blog Directory
Now, when you add your blog to my dofollow blog directory, you will also get a dofollow link from EFixx.com.

EFixx.com is a social bookmarking, voting site similar to Digg, that is dofollow enabled.

All blogs in the FollowList blog directory are automatically being imported into the EFixx.com, DoFollow Digg Clone. You don’t have to do anything, this is being done automatically.

DoFollow Digg Clone

Note: If you don’t see your blog in the EFixx.com listings, it just means it hasn’t been imported yet, but it will. I want the EFixx Digg clone service to import the blogs slowly, over time, to appear as natural as possible, to get Google to love it – making your backlink more valuable.

I have big plans for your links in the dofollow blog directory, adding them to EFixx is just the first step. I have plans to have them added to several other Digg clone sites (maybe even your own Digg clone site) to increase your backlink exposure.

By the way, feel free to add all your blog posts to EFixx.com, to get a backlink to those posts. You simply register at the DoFollow Digg Clone site and submit links to your blog posts, articles, and even your websites.

Next time I will need to talk about getting the most from the data you provide the dofollow blog directory.

Mike

Criticizing DoFollow Blogs

I follow the dofollow blog movement closely, and I’ve seen a number of blog owners criticize the dofollow blog movement. That’s okay – if every blog owner went dofollow, we would lose the advantage we have being dofollow blog owners.

I follow the dofollow blog movement closely, and I’ve seen a number of blog owners criticize the dofollow blog movement.

There main criticisms are:

1. If you go dofollow on your blog, you are inviting comment spam – it’s just not worth it.

2. If you write good content on your blog, people will comment anyway, so you don’t need to go dofollow. So, you should pay no attention to nofollow vs. dofollow when commenting on blogs.

Now, I’m not going to totally discount those two opinions, there is some truth to both.

But, those blog owners need to understand a few things.

1. As an owner of 4 dofollow blogs, I spend about 5 minutes per day total, moderating comments on those blogs and deleting those comments that don’t add value.

So, the spam comment is really not a valid comment, unless you have a very high traffic blog.

I would guess that very high traffic blogs could have a difficult time moderating hundreds or thousands of comments.

Of course, if you have a very high traffic blog, you don’t need to be dofollow because you already have the visitors.

You will need a spam comment plugin regardless of whether your blog is dofollow, or nofollow – Askimet is a good one and is included with WordPress. SpamKarma is the one that I use.

2. Just because you have great content does not mean I am going to comment on your blog. I, like most people, am a very busy person. I visit a number of blogs during the day and read some good content. I may Stumble your blog, or social bookmark it, but if your blog is nofollow the chances of me taking the time to comment are very slim.

If I am looking at two blogs of equal quality content, and one is dofollow while the other is nofollow, which one do you think I am going to spend my time commenting on?

I have news for you nofollow blog owners with this attitude – your content is not so great, it’s not so much better than many other blogger’s, that I am going to comment strictly based on your content. Perhaps I am being too honest here, but that is reality.

Okay, I have to make a disclaimer here – I may comment on your nofollow blog to explain to you that you are wrong in your opinion of dofollow blogs, but that is the only time I comment on nofollow blogs.

As I stated earlier, I read a number of blogs daily, and many are very good – but I may have not commented on your blog because you are nofollow and I will save my commenting time for a blog that is dofollow.

It’s also interesting to note that most of these nofollow bloggers that criticize dofollow blogs, have very, very few comments on them. Even when their content is very good.

These blog owners are missing out on a very good opportunity to get more comments, and more readers just by going dofollow.

People are actively looking for dofollow blogs. Yes, they are doing that with the intent to post comments and build back links. But, most will read the post they are commenting on, and then leave quality comments.

Are people actively looking for your nofollow blog?

There will always be critics of the dofollow blog movement, and that’s okay – if every blog owner went dofollow, we would lose the advantage we have being dofollow blog owners.

Remember, those people actively looking for your dofollow blog? Help them find you by listing your blog on my DoFollow Blog Directory.

Mike

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What are Do-Follow Blogs?

What are “Do Follow” blogs? “Do follow” is the opposite of “No-Follow”. Wordpress blogs, by default, use the HTML nofollow attribute on links that point away from the blog. This no follow attribute comes into play with the posting of blog comments. The no-follow tag tells the search engines NOT to follow the link to any other web sites.

What are “Do Follow” blogs?

“Do follow” is the opposite of “No-Follow”. WordPress blogs, by default, use the HTML nofollow attribute on links that point away from the blog. This no follow attribute comes into play with the posting of blog comments. The no-follow tag tells the search engines NOT to follow the link to any other web sites.

The logic behind using no follow is, it’s good for the blog since there will be fewer outgoing links and therefore less “link bleed”, leading to better Google page rank. Sounds good!

Using no follow also makes sense because there are blog spammers out there who will, and have, posted blog spam comments solely for the benefit of getting more incoming links to their site, which helps page rank. That makes sense!

Do Follow blogs are going against the norm and turning the No-Follow tag off, enabling do-follow of out going comment links.

Why Go Do-Follow?

If you’re like me, you want people to comment on your blog posts. You want more of an interactive community. That’s what Web 2.0 is about – community, relationships, and user created content.

But, how do you encourage people to comment on your blog posts? You give them something in return. You give them an outgoing link to their website, when they make a quality comment on your blog. You also allow the search engine to follow that link to their website by using the do follow attribute.

You also need to let people know that you are a Do Follow Blog. Some visitors will have no idea what that means, but those who do know what it means will appreciate it and will often leave a comment.

You will notice I now have a Do Follow notice in the upper right hand column of my blog. This graphic is courtesy of Randa Clay who is a Do Follow advocate. I’m letting others know that they are welcome to leave relevant comments, and letting them know what my expectations are.

Okay, but what about comment spammers?

No doubt there will be spammers who try to take advantage of your generosity. If you have a blog you probably are already getting comment spam, I sure do. But, I have found that the Spam Karma plugin does an outstanding job of filtering out spam comments.

You will still need to monitor comments, but it shouldn’t take more than a few minutes each day.

How Do I Set Do Follow?

Unfortunately, the option to turn No Follow on, or off, is not an option in WordPress. I have looked at a couple of plugins, and have decided the DoFollow plugin works best for me.

With the current WordPress blog comment spam plugins now available, I see no reason not to be a “Do Follower”.

Once you join the Do-Follow movement, let everyone know your blog is do follow by adding your blog to the do-follow blog list.

Let me know what your thoughts are by commenting below.

Mike