New DoFollow Blog Comment Strategy

Today I discovered a new dofollow blog comment strategy. If you have a dofollow blog, you need to know this new strategy. If you comment on dofollow blogs, I have some advice for you.

If you are thinking about commenting on this dofollow blog, I welcome and value your comments.

You do need to know that I monitor the comments closely, and I do delete comments that are not related to the post topic.

The reason I have to monitor comments closely, is there will always be people who try to cheat the system.

By reading comments posted to this blog, I recently discovered a new dofollow blog comment strategy.  If you have a dofollow blog, you need to know about this new strategy.  If you comment on dofollow blogs, I will have some advice for you.

I noticed an interesting comment on this blog.  The comment stated “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.”

I thought, that sure sounds familiar.  Of course it was familiar, it was the first paragraph of a post I made on this very blog a few days ago – see  Dofollow Blog Backlink Traffic.

This comment was not left on the above post, it was left as a comment on a different blog post.

So, it appears someone is extracting the first paragraph of a post, then posting that as a comment on a different post of the same blog, to get a backlink that looks like a valid comment.

I am guessing this is an automated, or semi-automated process that was designed to post a lot of comments in a short period of time.  This is a very clever strategy, and would have gone unnoticed if I didn’t actually read my blog comments.

But, I did catch it and this person will not get a backlink from me because I consider this – blog comment spam.  This time I just deleted the comment, if I see it again from the same person, I will flag it as spam.  If I start seeing it used more often by different people, I will flag them all as spam.

If your blog is a dofollow blog, you really need to watch your comments closely and not let people take advantage of you giving them a backlink.  Don’t reward people who are trying to cheat the system.

If you comment on dofollow blogs and are tempted to try something similar, don’t do it.  Sooner or later you will be discovered, and your blog comments will be flagged as spam.  Then your blog comments will disappear, and you will only have yourself to blame.

Mike

Blog Spammer Fooled Me

Blog comment spammers can be creative enough to fool the best of us. Here is one that got me!

I really liked this post. Can I copy it to my blog?
Thanks in advance.

Sincerely, Timur.

I recently received that comment on my blog.  I was pleased that Timur liked my blog post and wanted to copy it to his own blog.  You know you’re doing things right when you get blog comments like this – right?

Well, not in this case!  I have more than one blog, and guess what I found?  This same exact comment showed up on more than one of my blogs.  This is a blog spam comment.

I have to admit, I fell for it when I saw it the first time, but of course when I saw it on the second blog I knew it was spam.

The comment was flagged as spam by Spam Karma on my other blog, so someone had already caught on to this spammer and had flagged them as spam.  I also flagged it as spam, so Timur (if that’s the spammers real name) will not be getting as many backlinks as he thought he would.

The lessons learned here are, that you must be using a spam detecting plugin like Askimet or Spam Karma on you blog.  And, you need to be on your guard for these clever comments that appear real and flattering.

Mike

DoFollow Blog Comment Spam

As this blog becomes more popular I am seeing more comments that, though not obviously spam, add no value to the post or comments of others. Therefore, these comments are seen by me to be spam comments.

As this blog becomes more popular I am seeing more comments that, though not obviously spam, add no value to the post or comments of others. Therefore, these comments are seen by me to be spam comments.

I hate to see people go through the work of adding a comment only to have it deleted by me, but I will not allow comments that do not add to the value of the post.

Comments like “This is great info, I now understand this better. I like your blog and layout and will be returning often”.

Although this is a nice, complimentary comment, it does not pass my “smell test”. Compliments don’t necessarily add to the post discussion and this type of comment makes me think it’s a standard comment probably being used across several dofollow blogs.

If you are not going to read my blog post, and comment on the content, I will remove your comment. I don’t mind taking the time to do that, but hate to see people waste their time.

So, to get the most out of commenting on blogs and avoiding being seen as contributing blog spam, I suggest you read my dofollow blog comment rules.

Dofollow blog comment spam has caused popular dofollow blogs to turn nofollow on again. Please do the right thing and contribute quality comments on dofollow blogs.

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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DoFollow Blog Comment Rules

DoFollow Blog Comment Rules: My blogs have been dofollow for a few months now, and for the most part it is going very well. However, I do get a few comments that I will NOT approve because they are obvious comment spam. Here are some real life examples of what I consider comment spam that I will not approve.

My blogs have been dofollow for a few months now, and for the most part it is going very well. However, I do get a few comments that I will NOT approve because they are obvious comment spam.

I want to give you some real life examples of what I consider comment spam that I will not approve, and provide you with some dofollow blog comment rules.

Before I do, I want to stress how important it is to post quality comments, related to the post you are commenting on.

Remember, DoFollow blog owners are giving you some link love, in exchange for your quality comments.

If you, and others, post junk comments, blog owners will get tired of seeing the junk, get tired of moderating junk comments, get tired of being taken advantage of, and will turn nofollow back on.

So, please be considerate, and appreciative of dofollow blog owners by doing the right thing and leaving quality comments related to the post you are commenting on.

DoFollow Blog Comment Rules

1. Read the post you are going to be commenting on! I also read several of the current comments if there are some. It only takes a few minutes to read the comments and get a general feel on what people are thinking.

Then, post comments directly related to the blog post, related to the general tone of the comments, or related to a comment left by a specific person.

2. Be kind, even if you disagree with the blog owner’s post, or some individual comments. As a blog owner if you blast me or some of my posters directly, I won’t allow your comments. If you disagree with me, that’s fine. Disagree, offer more information to support your disagreement, and do it respectfully.

3. I prefer at least a short paragraph of comments, that adds to the comment conversation. A simple “I agree” is not going to be approved by me.

4. Don’t use your comments to list every website you own. After leaving some good comments, don’t blatantly advertise your other websites. I’m already giving you an incoming link with your selected anchor text. If you add additional websites, I probably won’t approve your comments.

If you add a website in the comments that is directly related to the discussion, even if it’s yours, I will allow it. If I think you are just trying to get more links, I won’t allow it.

Okay, so here are some examples of posts that I did not allow.

Comment #1
From my post: Do-Follow Blog Directory – New Feature
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I changed my blog to dofollow also:

http://www.website-withheld.blogspot.com/

http://www.website-withheld.com (Note: This is the same website user used in the comments form)
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Sorry, but I want more comments than just telling me you changed to dofollow, and giving me two more websites in the comments field.

Plus, this was in a post that didn’t really fit, I don’t think the user really read the post. If you want to let me know about your dofollow blogs, add them to my dofollow blog directory that is mentioned in the post.

Comment #2
From my post: How Do I Know if A Blog is Do-Follow?
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Well when you open a website you can right click and check if it is a dofollow or no follow by clicking on properties. Do follow allows you to make comments where any link in the website can be track. No follow stop there itself.
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The above comment is a nice paragraph of related text, but it’s apparent they didn’t read my post at all. My post was all about how to tell if a blog is dofollow or not.

That comment added absolutely no value to the discussion, and was just stating information I had already stated in the post.

It looked to me like the user just read the headline “How Do I Know if A Blog is Do-Follow?” and thought – oh I know the answer to that. So, they posted the answer without having any idea what the post was about.

Sorry, doesn’t pass my approval test 🙂

Comment #3
From my post: How Do I Know if A Blog is Do-Follow?
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it is interesting! thanks!
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That one is pretty obvious. That sort of comment just makes me mad, and gives us responsible dofollow blog commentors a bad name.

It only takes a few minutes to read before you comment, and only takes a few minutes to post a relevant comment that adds value.

The blog owner will approve your quality comments, and appreciate you adding value.

Others who read the comments are also more likely to click on your link if you are contributing good content to the discussion.

If you have additions to my list of dofollow blog etiquette, please leave a comment with the suggestions below.

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