How Do I Know if A Blog is Do-Follow?

You may be wondering if your blog is setup to do-follow, by disabling the nofollow attribute. Or, you may want to comment on a blog but you aren’t sure whether they are do-follow or not. If you have your own hosted Wordpress blog, and you have not installed a plugin to disable nofollow, then chances are very good that your blog is NOT do-follow.

You may be wondering if your blog is setup to do-follow, by disabling the nofollow attribute. Or, you may want to comment on a blog but you aren’t sure whether they are do-follow or not.

If you have your own hosted WordPress blog, and you have not installed a plugin to disable nofollow, then chances are very good that your blog is NOT do-follow.

If someone else installed your blog, or you just want to verify that your blog is nofollow, if you are wanting to determine if a blog is do-follow, there are a couple of ways to check.

Remember, do-follow blogs really refer to the comments left on the blog. So you need to check the comments on a post to determine if the blog is using the html nofollow attribute.

The easiest, and quickest way to check do-follow, is by using either the Firefox, or Flock browser and the SEO for Firefox extension.

If you’re not using the Firefox browser, or the Flock browser, I need to ask you why you’re not using one of those browsers? It’s probably just because Microsoft Internet Explorer was installed on your computer and you don’t know what your missing.

The Firefox and Flock browsers are much better than Internet Explorer (IE). If you are doing any sort of social marketing, you really need to check out the Flock browser.

If you are using IE, I’ll explain how to determine if a blog is do-follow or not later on. Right now, let’s talk about using Firefox and Flock.

If you don’t already have it, install the SEO for Firefox extension – get the extension here. It also works on the Flock browser.

SEO for Firefox

After you have installed SEO for Firefox extension, you will see it at the bottom of your browser. You can turn the extension on and off, but clicking the SEO at the bottom of the browser – it toggles on and off.

Now, when the extension is turned on all nofollow links are highlighted with a red background.

SEO for Firefox off

So, when you go to a blog, or go to your blog, you can see whether a blog is nofollow or do-follow. Look for a post with comments already posted. Go to those comments, or to the blog post page. If none of your blog posts have comments, you will need to create a comment.

Scroll down to the comments. If you see red background on the comment name, the blog comments are nofollow.
Red nofollow link

If you are using Internet Explorer, go to a post with comments. When you are on the page with comments. right click your mouse and choose “View Source”. This will open the html code in note pad. Then select search and type in a term in one of the comments, to easily find a comment.

You will see something like the text below. Notice the rel=’external nofollow’, this indicates the blog is no-follow.
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<a href=’http://followlist.com’ rel=’external nofollow’ onclick=”javascript:urchinTracker(‘/outbound/followlist.com?ref=/blog/’);”> Mike’s Do-Follow Blog List</a> on
June 16th, 2008 2:43 pm
<div class=”commenttext”>

<p>This is a test</p>
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</li>

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If the blog were do-follow it would probably be rel=’external’. Notice the nofollow tag has been removed.

That’s how you determine if a blog is do-follow or not.

An easier way to find Do-Follow blogs related to your blog topic, would be to help me build the Do-Follow Blog Directory 🙂

If you have questions about dofollow versus nofollow blogs, leave comments and I will attempt to answer every one of them.

Mike

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