Thursday, August 14, 2008

Removing No-Follow Attributes To Your Blog

Wordpress, new and od Blogger templates have a default ‘NOFOLLOW’ attribute on their comments. This is done to stop spammers from abusing your blog. Having a ‘NOFOLLOW’ attribute on your comment means that search engines will not follow any links created on your comments.Since links are important in Search Engine Optimization, many bloggers spend a lot of time visiting other blogs to leave comments on them and create a link back to their own blog. If however, a blog has a NOFOLLOW attribute to the link on its comment, the links that are created will be useless to those who have created it.

If you are new to blogging and you would like to encourage more participation from your reader and build a community of your own, you can disable your NOFOLLOW attribute to give an incentive to your readers to react and leave comments on your post. This is also a good way to increase traffic and attract more visitors to your blog. Here are some more reasons why removing the NOFOLLOW attribute is worthwhile:
  • Increase the number of comments on your posts.
  • Encourage repeat visits and comments (increase in traffic).
  • A DoFollow link is a way to thank people who take the time to comment on your blog. (Link Love and Increase in Technorati Blog Reaction)
  • Being generous can give you alot of benefits - more friends, more readers etc.

Wordpress Blog

For wordpress users you can download a plugin to automate the process. It will disable the automatic rel="nofollow" attributes added to external links. You may want to do this if you have good spam filtering for your comments, or if your blog is moderated.

Optionally you can also set a comment age limit for adding the attributes, or have them removed differently from comments left by registered users and other visitors.

Pingbacks and trackbacks are just different types of comments in WordPress. This plugin will take care of all of them. You can also choose not to remove rel="nofollow" from some types of comments.

Download the Plugin Now.

Installation Instruction:

Download Do-Follow Plugin and save it in the wp-content/plugins directory of your WordPress installation. Activate the DoFollow plugin in the Plugins admin page.

Once activated, the plugin provides a DoFollow subpage in the Options page. It will show you the current operating mode in addition to the configuration options.

Blogger Blogs

For Blogger users, here’s the simple instruction on how to disable your NOFOLLOW attribute on your comments.
  • Go to your ‘TEMPLATE’ Tab.
  • Click on ‘EDIT HTML’.
  • Scroll down until you find this code:

Remove the code in red and you’re good to go.

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RandomReflection said...

These are the clearest instructions on removing nofollow that I have seen on the web.

Discovery Sound said...

Google might think that this list is a “Link Train though. What about link trains ie; promoting technorati authority.

Danity Donnaly said...

cool, thanks for the instructions! :)

Hire website designer India said...

Nice post. Instructions are very well written and clear.

Raimo 'RayRay' Pregel said...

Oh! I was wondering about that!:)
Really helped me- thanks a lot for this =)

take care :)

DanielPK said...

Awesome instructions, its well cleared, am sure many blog users would love to try out this method.

keep up the good work

Wendy said...

Excellent instructions and very simple to follow.

I too have switched my blog from NoFollow to DoFollow.

Got to your site via Weblogian Just so you know

bdmaker17 said...

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Anonymous said...

thanks for the info. it can be helpful to the SEO and other people not just wondering how and why.

Peter said...

Hey, that was new to me. And clearly explained. Thanks!

I wished Blogger had "FOLLOW" as default, and to avoid spammers, people took the habit of moderating comments to block spammers!


Andrew Mathew said...

thanks for giving advice i got in my blog templates and i removed it from my HTML.

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PhoenixBlogger said...

Thanks, great idea with straight forward step-by-step instructions. Cool.

Keep it up!!!

schwidi-blog said...

thanks, graet, short and clear instruction...

Anonymous said...

cool tutotorial.thanks

Jack said...

Nice post I am going to look around your site.

Ace said...

Hurray!!!! My blog is dofollow now....thanks a gonna share this info now...thanks...