There is a raging debate going on right now that many of you probably are not aware of, it’s about whether or not you should DoFollow Blogs or Nofollow the comments and links in your blogs.
But before we get into this do you really know what the difference is when people talk about Nofollow and Dofollow…
So what is a Nofollow link?
It is an attribute rel=”nofollow” given to a link that instructs some search engines, and you will notice how I said “some search engines” not all, to not pass on what is called page rank to another site or influence the search index in any way.
This does not mean that it is not counted as a link back to the commentators site.
Why was this ever implemented?
Well the reason for this is to make an attempt to stop or discourage the rampant search engine spam that is constantly taking place online and has been for many years.
Another reason this was implemented was to help Google™ identify paid links which if you have read their TOS you will know that they highly recommend using the NoFollow attribute in any paid links.
Does this include any affiliate links we are not sure and have not really looked into it, but we definitely use Nofollow in all affiliate links on this site just as a precaution.
Another use that this has been used for is what is called Page Sculpting where the SEO consultant or sites webmaster can use this attribute to actually control the amount of page rank that is sent to certain pages of their site.This attribute was never intended for this use but is used widely today.
OK, so what is Dofollow? It is the exact opposite to everything you have read above where a link is placed onto a site or in a comment without the Nofollow attribute this allows the flow of page rank and indexing in the search engines.
So now that you understand a little more about Nofollow and DoFollow links lets hear what Matt Cutts from Google™ has to say about this…
Why We Still Remain One Of The Many Dofollow Blogs
We are strong believers in rewarding our visitors for adding “Quality Content” to our site which is what we honestly believe blogging is all about right, interaction with others. This is not unlike what many marketers are already talking about in writing high quality articles and placing them on other relevant blogs or websites.
You will see a lot of different blogs online that have guest commentators and they are adding content to another site and in return they get a back link for their efforts which is usually a Dofollow link.
And now before you start screaming at me, yes Matt did say that the comment link does do have as much link power as one with-in an actual post that is very correct mainly due to the fact that they are looking at protecting you.
However there are many people online today that truly would like to contribute to a discussion but do not have the ability to spend hours writing their own article or even know where to start the process.
What we have found is that many read your article and then add a few paragraphs whether this is asking questions or adding more value to the written article that was posted so for that we will reward you with a Dofollow blog link…
However for those that believe they can take advantage of this on our site you might want to read this from our Anti-Spam Policy
We also consider spamming to constitute posting advertisements in any of your blog comments and as a result they will be removed immediately. Each and every blog comment is reviewed before being approved and this includes any links that may or may not be associated to that posted comment.
If we find the comment to be useful to our visitors but the URL is related to anything such as Gambling, Adult, Warez or anything that may be offensive the comment may remain without the URL in place.
All we are really asking is that you add value not links…
So as you can see even we are not immune from the many spammers and scammers online today, but I also make it my business to answer every post that is made on our posts and also follow every link in those comments.
Yes it can be time-consuming and very annoying but at the end of the day it is well worth the benefit of networking with like-minded people in our industry that are contributing quality to our site for a simple link back to theirs. We really do not have a problem with this.
But People Only Comment For The Back Link On Dofollow Blogs
Yes I have heard this time and again and yes it is true, but to get the link they need to provide relevant content and a relevant link that is valuable to our readers and relevant to the post. If anyone posts a comment on our site that is like “Great info” it is gone with in seconds I then simply add them to my spam blacklist and forget about them.
So Should You Or Shouldn’t You Use The “NoFollow” Attribute
At the end of the day it is totally up to you, I know many of you are now turning off the Dofollow options you once had in your blogs saying that the spam is to great, this was also the case for many of the social networking sites as well and some are doing simply to sculpt page rank.
And some are doing this after many years of having a Dofollow blog with thousands of comments which have also most likely been promoted heavily in Twitter and other social media by the commentators due to the link being the post.
So for us if we like your comment and it adds value to the posted article you will be rewarded with a link back to your site with CommentLuv and KeywordLuv plugins that we use.
And for those that actively participate in an ongoing conversion on this blog they are invited to place a link within the post of that page which in effect is getting a more valuable link from within our site.
One of the latest sites to make the decision to close off his DoFollow comments was Keith at Hot Blog Tips Removing DoFollow From This Site make sure you read his post to understand why he made this decision.
The spammers and scammers who are causing this to happen are no better than low life scum bags who are infecting the internet for their own personal gain… Don’t Let Them Win! Stay The Course And Encourage People To Supply Good Content…After All Isn’t This Want The Internet Is All About!
These are just our thoughts on the Nofollow, Dofollow Blog debate we would really like to hear what you have to say….