Win-Win of a DoFollow Blog: Is Blog Commenting an Ineffective Waste of Time Regarding SEO?

Display a Do Follow Badge on Your Do Follow Blog!You learn something new every day and today I learned about the benefits of a Do Follow blog!  And, it’s going to create a better WIN-WIN for my readers who take time to comment and engage on my blog because you’re going to get more SEO benefit!

I’m creating a Win-Win by converting from a No Follow to a Do Follow Blog!

How much time do you spend commenting on other people’s blogs? It’s awesome to connect, give compliments to the writer for a great post, and build relationships.  That should be the number one reason you ever comment on someone’s blog!  But let’s be honest with each other, there’s also that little “what’s in it for me” reward of a back-link to your blog and SEO boost that makes it even more of a win/win, right?  I just learned that blog commenting could be an ineffective waste of time when it comes to SEO!

Josh Garcia write a couple of posts on the topic of Do Follow that you’ll definitely want to check out! I’ve provided a link to them for you below.  But I first wanted to share why I felt so passionate about sharing this.

I loved John’s post because it taught me something new and he shares my attitude in wanting a blog that rewards my readers for commenting and engaging!  It builds community, relationship, and great comments enhance my message!

But, little did I know, I wasn’t rewarding my readers because my blog was No Follow up until a few minutes ago! You are on a Do Follow blog now!

Are you a Go Giver? Do you want more great comments? Get a Do Follow Blog!

Of course you are!  And of course you do!  Let’s create a Win-Win movement of Do Follow blogs in the true spirit of social networking, contribution, relationship building, and go-giver attitudes!

If you want to make your blog a Do Follow blog, here’s what you should do:

  • Make sure you’ve got the akismet and captcha plugins installed on your blog to control spam.
  • Make sure that your comments are set so that you have to approve the comments before they appear on your blog just in case someone’s comment is spam, or they’re giving you an easy thumbs up just to get the back-link.
  • Set Your Blog to Do Follow with the plugin!
  • I created a Do Follow badge of honor for you to display on your do follow blog to encourage commenting! (Right click on the color below that matches your blog, and “save target as” or “save link as” to get the png file.)
    • Write a post about the benefits of having a do-follow blog and link the image to that post, or link the badge back Josh’s post or back to mine so they can get their free DoFollow badge too.
    • Here’s a video by Susan Redmon showing you how to add the dofollow badge to your blog. (Thanks Susan!)
    • I’ve also created a video for some of my readers who have asked for it:

Display a DoFollow Badge on Your Blog!

Two other things you can do to reward your readers for commenting:

  • Install the comentluv plugin that shows the name and a link to the commentator’s recent blog post!
  • Install the top commentators plugin to reward the people who contribute the most to your blog with some branding!

The Rules of the Game are to “Play Nice” on a Do Follow Blog!

If you know you’re on a Do Follow blog, make sure you’re respectful and that you’re adding value to their blog with your comments!  Two word “Great Post” comments are NOT acceptable!  (And if they’re left on my blog they will be deleted!)

Before leaving a comment, ask yourself:

  1. Did I gain value from their post?  What was the value I received?
  2. Do I have a question about their post?
  3. Is what I have to say something that will enhance their message or provide a different perspective?
  4. Is the owner is engaging in conversation with the people who have take the time to comment on their blog?

Should you still post comments on a No Follow blog?  YES!  Here’s why:

The daily habit reading several blog posts by various authors in your niche is great continuing education.

  • You can ask questions and get one-one-one help via the comments from leaders in your field.
  • Let the blog owner know you got value from them!
  • Even if you don’t get SEO benefits from a back-link you may still get traffic back to your site!
  • Commenting on the leading blogs in your niche will show that you’re staying up to date on what is happening, engaging with others.
  • Commenting on other blogs will help you brand yourself and build trust and credibility with your own readers who recognize your gravatar on other blogs!

So here’s the link to Josh’s awesome post. Watch the video on this post first about how to tell if the blog you’re commenting on is a no follow or a do follow blog, then click the link at the top of Josh’s post to read his post from Monday that explains the nitty-gritty on Do Follow vs No Follow.

  • He shares how to know if a blog is a No Follow or a Do Follow blog.  (WordPress blogs are No Follow by default!)
  • He shares why a Do Follow blog is a win/win
  • He shares what he looks for in the blogs he follows and comments on
  • He also shares what to do to prevent spam on your blog

It will be worth your time, I promise!

Oh…and please comment!  I’ll make it worth your time with a nice little back-link because I’m proud to say that I have a DoFollow blog now!

If you learned something new or this post added value to you, please tweet it and facebook it to others who will benefit!

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p.s. I just discovered a blog directory of Do Follow blog if you are interested in getting your blog listed on their directory!

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Comments

  1. Hey Heather,

    I must say…Awesome Job!

    What a brilliant idea with the badge. Did you create this badge yourself? I looks great!

    Thank you for the mentioned and the trackback. You received 6-8 backlinks just from commenting and with the trackback. Great stuff!

    Chat with you later…
    Josh

    • Heather C Stephens says:

      Hey Josh,

      Thanks so much for teaching me about the DoFollow plugin!

      Yes, I did create the badge. I’m so glad you like it and I hope to see it on lots of blogs I visit in the near future!

      Thanks for the links, they’re great, but more than that I appreciate your leadership for teaching us how to be better go-givers by rewarding our readers for commenting!

      Please keep the teaching coming, okay?

      Heather

  2. Hi Heather!

    Thanks for this great post! I love commenting and getting and replying to comments! I’ve built some great relationships this way.

    And like you said, it boosts your SEO not only because of the (do-follow) link building but because comments (and replies) often contain related keywords. I’ve also noticed direct links to my blog from my having left comments on others’.

    I am glad you listed these plugins as they are essential, and I will definitely take advantage of your badge suggestion!

    Wonderful post, thanks again!
    Vicki

    • Heather C Stephens says:

      Hi Vicki!

      Great point to the boost of SEO because of the comments. It keeps the page fresh and relevant in the eyes of the search engines. I do get good traffic from comments I’ve left on other blogs that are no-follow, and I plan to keep engaging in conversation with everyone, but a few extra links leading back to my blog are definitely a sweet bonus I appreciate!

      I’m so glad you liked the badge! I hope to see it on lots of blogs, so please pass it on!

      Thanks so much for commenting!

      Heather
      p.s. I got your WordPress Security plugin in and installed it! Thanks for that tip!

  3. Hi Heather,

    this is a great post and a great idea to create that badge, definitely. You hear so much different stuff about that subject, it’s amazing. Recently I heard that even links on no-follow-blogs might be followed anyway. So I took for myself the decision that I don’t care about it any more. I comment if I can relate to post and if I have to say something about it.

    Thanks for sharing.

    Take care

    Oliver

    P.S.: Of course, I installed the “Do-Follow”-plugin ;-)

    • Heather C Stephens says:

      That’s awesome Oliver!

      Glad to be of help. I agree with you about commenting if you can relate to the post or have something to add to the discussion! Hey…that’s what I was doing before I knew about this anyway and I don’t plan to change anything! But, I do think sharing a little link love is a great way to give back to our readers and I hope that more blog owners follow our lead and become DoFollow too!

      Thanks for commenting!

  4. What a great idea, Heather! I can’t wait to try it out on my blog!

    • Heather C Stephens says:

      Hi Steve,

      Thanks for the comment! Yes, please do give it a try on your blog and let us know how it works for you!

      Heather

  5. Fantastic post, Heather!! I learned about the NoFollow a while back and was so surprised by it. The same goes for article directories so if people are using article marketing (which is great, by the way), be sure to post on article directories that are DoFollow.

    Janette

    • Heather C Stephens says:

      Thanks for the great tip, Janette! I didn’t know about the article directories and I appreciate you sharing that here!

      Thanks for leaving a comment!

      Heather

  6. Hey Heather

    I love the badge, great work.

    And of curse you do not have to convince me of the value of commenting because I get to read great posts like this.

    I differ slightly though on the value of captcha. Rather, I let a spam filter like akismet do its job. I cannot tell you how frustrating a captcha code can be. I would rather make it as easy as possible for the reader to comment.

    On my blog I also adjust the settings in the Discussion tab to allow previously approved commenter’s to always be approved, that way they see their comments right away.

    Thanks for the great post.

    • Heather C Stephens says:

      Great points Peter! I agree with you that the captcha can sometimes be frustrating when you’re making blog comments…especially if you get it wrong and your comment disappears! That really irritates me. Is the spam okay on your blog with akismet only? I’ll give it a try and see how it goes without the captcha.

      Thanks for commenting! I really appreciate your feedback!

      Have a great weekend!
      Heather

  7. Heather,

    So I’m under the impression that Google doesn’t ignore ANY link just because it is no-follow. I’m betting that they make it their business to track EVERY link. But having said that I’m sure a no-follow link ranks lower than a regular link.

    Thanks for a great post. I love the commentluv plugin. I am using Disqus right now for our site. Do you know if it works with Disqus?

    ~ Joel Mark Witt

    • Heather C Stephens says:

      Hi Joel!

      Thanks for the feedback, I really appreciate it. I have not used Disqus on my own blogs. Aside from sharing the link love, I decided to go with commentluv because I was under the impression that Disqus required new commentators to create an account in order to comment. I do like being able to track the comments I’ve made on other blogs, and I like the rating system with Disqus.

      I don’t believe that they can be used together. I did a quick search online and at the commentluv blog and it doesn’t appear that they can play together yet. I found an old post from 09 that said they were working on it, but I didn’t see anything more recent than that.

      Good luck. If you find out anything different, please let me know! Thanks again for your comment!

      Heather

  8. This is great, Heather! I love your badges, I’m going to add one to my blog – now that I have the Do Follow plug-in! I had no idea that WP was automatically no-follow, for some reason I had thought that it was the opposite.

    As for the spam-free plug-in I use WP-SpamFree which has been a perfect plug-in for me! It has blocked almost 200 spam posts without me needing to do anything, including adding a captcha code. I’m with Peter, I really don’t like captcha. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve received an error from captcha so then I go and redo my comment – only to end up with double posting somehow. It’s so embarrassing!

    Thanks for this great post, I will definitely be linking to this post once I get my own similar post and your badge set up!

    • Heather C Stephens says:

      Hi Stacy!

      Thanks for the awesome comment. I’m so happy you love the badge!

      I’ll look into the WP Spam Free plugin! Thanks for that suggestion!

      Thanks again for your comment!

      Heather

  9. Hi Heather,

    I love the DoFollow badge. I am adding it to my blog. Thanks.

    Melodie

    • Heather C Stephens says:

      Hi Melodie!

      I’m so glad you liked the DoFollow badge! Enjoy! I hope it brings you lots and lots of awesome comments!

      Thanks for your comment!

      Heather

  10. Hi Heather,

    This is awesome. I saw your guest post Combating Writers Block on TyTribble.com (very good by the way) and followed you here :) This post is so timely. I had just read about Ty changing his to DOFollow and didn’t have a solid understanding so was going to look into further to do the same and here you go with everything I need to know and a badge to boot – cool!

    I think I’m going to try without the captcha too and see how it goes because I don’t care for it either.

    I agree that frequenting others blogs and taking the time to comment helps everyone including ourselves if even just from the learning alone.

    Thanks again, Laura

    • Heather C Stephens says:

      Hi Laura,

      I apologize that I overlooked your comment and missed replying to it!

      Thanks for the comment!

      I appreciate you helping me get the do follow “word” out on the street!

      Heather

  11. Hi Heather,

    My blog’s been a ‘Do Follow’ blog almost from Day 1. It just didn’t make sense for it not to be.

    Thanks for creating the badge, what an awesome idea! :)

    I have to agree with Peter, I’m not a fan of Captchas at all. I don’t believe they make it easier for visitors. Of course I use the Akismet plugin along with the ‘Bad Behavior’ one and I have never had any issues with spam.

    ~Marcus

    • Heather C Stephens says:

      Hi Marcus!

      Glad you like the DoFollow badge! I’ve deactivated the captcha on my blog and I’m not having any problems with spam at all! So far so good!

      Thanks for your comment!

      Heather

  12. Wow Heather! I comment frequently on other blogs. I had no idea of DoFollow and NoFollow blogs.

    Thanks for bringing this to light.

    I agree with other commenters regarding CAPTCHA. The ones that are slanted or not clear, I get them wrong a third of the time.

    To Your Genius,

    Eiji “A.G.” Morishita
    Genius Squared Trainings

    • Heather C Stephens says:

      Thanks so much Eiji!

      Glad I could help! I had not known about it either, which is why I wrote about it! Seems to be a popular discussion online, now that I’m aware of it!

      Heather

  13. I am so happy I stumbled upon Laura Paulson’s post ~ found your’s and Josh Garcia’s (off the hook video…finally made DoFollow make sense to me!) :)

    I have used commentluv and Top commentors,and thought I was doing good by my readers, but I guess not! Good to know, and important to spread the word.

    I asked the same question on Josh’s blog and am interested to hear what either of you have to say….I am not a fan of captcha or moderation, but wonder if now that I’m DoFollow I’m going to get a lot of spam suddenly? atm, I actually only ever have to retrieve good comments FROM my spam filter. So Akismet works great….but I wonder if that will now change?

    And I love the badge…very cool that you created that and are sharing it. I will add it for sure. Thanks Heather!

    • Heather C Stephens says:

      Hi Beth! I’m glad you stopped by for a visit! Welcome!

      No, I have not had any problems without captcha. Everything’s been AOK and I haven’t had ANY spam to weed through. :)

      Enjoy the badge and I hope it brings you more great comments from your readers now!

      Heather

  14. Hi Heather!

    I wanted to let you know I finally got finished with some wordpress housekeeping that had prevented me from adding other plugins, and when I got back to it realized I had never activated the Do Follow plugin! :( But as now all is up to snuff, I’ve done that and now added your badge, with a link back to your blog post here — thanks again!

    Also, I wanted to respond to Peter’s comment about the Captcha – I went in search of this plugin and after some reading found one that works together with the Akismet to ONLY ask commentators that would ordinarily be sent to the Spam folder for the code – I had noticed an increase over time in the number of Spam (sometimes 60 – 100 in a day), making it a real task to look for any false positives! Well guess what – I have ZERO spam now LOL! It’s called ‘Conditional Captcha’. Just wanted to let you know!

    Wishing You Tremendous Success!
    Vicki

    • Heather C Stephens says:

      Thank you Vicki! I appreciate the link!!

      I’ll look into the conditional captcha plugin if I see my spam counts going up. So far, I’ve not had any spam issues.

      I’ll be over to your blog to check out your badge! :)

      Have a great weekend,

      Heather

  15. Heather I am sure you are a member of TSA. It is because I am a member of TSA and through another TSA members post I was able to find your blog post. The do follow issue is something I had been meaning to research. Thanks to you and Laura I don’t have to. The badge is a nice idea and will certainly help readers when they arrive on your blog.

    • Heather C Stephens says:

      Hi Brenda,

      No, I’m not active with TSA but I think several of the tribes are connected with leaders in multiple tribes. I’m glad you found Laura’s post and I’m looking forward to getting to know you!

      Enjoy the badge!

      Heather

      Heather

  16. even some nofollow links could improve ranking. Nice badges :)

    • Heather C Stephens says:

      Thank you for the compliment! I appreciate it and I’m so glad you liked the badges!

      Heather

  17. Thank you so much, Heather! I am constantly trying to figure out ways to get more people to comment and interact with my company’s blog. This is very helpful!

    • Heather C Stephens says:

      You’re welcome Emily.

      I hope this works for you like it has helped me!

      Heather

  18. Thank you for the introduction to ComLuv. I it is so very difficult to keep up with everything that is happening in this rapidly changing digital world.

    I’ve known about follow and no-follow for a while but have to admit I still have a no-follow blog which I will consider changing. I also agree there is merit still in commenting on no-follow blogs. There has to be some value in doing so.

    Michael

    • Heather C Stephens says:

      Hi Mike,

      You’re welcome, I’ve not had any issues switching to DoFollow aside from maybe making a few more friends on my blog that I might have otherwise.

      Thanks for the comment! I appreciate you stopping by and sharing your thoughts!

      Heather

  19. Heather,
    Thanks for pointing me to Josh Garcia and his excellent lessons on NoFollow/DoFollow. Thanks also for creating these cool DoFollow badges. I know this will go viral because it’s such a wonderful idea. It won’t be long before we’ll be seeing your badges all over the blogosphere. Keep up the good work.

    • Heather C Stephens says:

      Hi Saundra,

      Glad to play “connector” for you with Josh. Enjoy the badge! I’m excited when I discover a blog and see it displayed on there. It will be a win/win for everyone if it goes viral!

      I appreciate your comment!
      Heather

  20. Heather. Welcome to dofollow. I changed my site because of Josh’s post also. It was very persuasive.

    You should try what I am doing. Keep a witch on retainer to curse anyone who does not add valuable comments. It will be hard for them to type as a little froggy.

    Anyway great addition with the badge. Thanks,

    Steve

    PS:
    Now you need Keywordluv (OK, I don’t have that on my site yet either, I am waiting for someone to make a great post about how good it is so I can also follow their lead)

  21. Hi Heather,

    thank you so much for the great information.
    I now got the Do Follow plugin and I like the Button.
    Will write a post about it soon.

    Have a great week.
    Yorinda

  22. Oh hurray! I enjoy commenting and would do it anyway, but I wasn’t even aware til recently that most blog comments are NoFollow. Thanks for change yours — and now I’ll go and change mine!

  23. Hi Heather, thanks for the great DoFollow badge! I’ve read Josh’s 2 posts and made the adjustments he suggests. Your badge will be a nice addition to my blog.

    Have a great day,
    Susan

  24. Heather,
    I found your site through Beth Allen when I asked about her DoFollow image. I had set my blog to DoFollow a ago & love the idea of letting people know. Thanks for sharing these images. I will return!
    Val :)

    • Heather C Stephens says:

      Thanks Val,

      I’m so glad the dofollow blog badges helped you! I’m glad to connect with you and look forward to getting to know you better!

      Heather

  25. Hi Heather, This is awesome.The content in your blog is amazing. Thanks to Ty Tribble, I found your blog.
    I have now changed my blog to DoFollow, downloaded Your Copywriting Secrets Cheet Sheet. Thanks for shering these ideas.

    I have retwittet your blog. Everyone should subscribe and learn from a great blogger.

    Thanks,
    Olav

    • Heather C Stephens says:

      Thank you Olav!

      I appreciate you stopping by and sharing your thoughts.

      I am glad we were able to connect through Ty! I’m on my way over to your blog to check it out!

      Thanks for the help syndicating!

      Heather

  26. Wow! I’m still new and finding my way through blogging, so getting awesome value info from people like Ty and yourself is much appreciated. The Do follow badge is way cool! Thanks Heather.

    Rona

    • Heather C Stephens says:

      Hi Rona,

      I’m glad the dofollow badge meets your approval! :) I thought it would make for an easy way for us dofollow blog owners to let our readers know that their comments will be rewarded!

      Thanks for stopping by and letting me know my blog gave you value…it’s feedback like this that keeps me going!

      Heather

  27. Hi Heather!

    I just dropped by and noticed something on your blog – this comment doesn’t have anything to do with the current post here (I’ve already commented! :) but something I experienced myself after an upgrade of WP to version 2.9.2 and that is those weird ^A type characters appearing throughout your post. I assume they are everywhere, it took me forever to get them cleaned up on my blog after my upgrade. I suspect that it was due to the SQL database upgrade from 4 to 5 but am unsure. Feel free to delete this comment as it’s nothing to do with the current post, i just don’t remember seeing these characters here before and wasn’t sure you were aware of them!

    Good luck and let me know if you find out the culprit!
    Vicki

    • Heather C Stephens says:

      Hi Vicki!

      Thank you for stopping by and letting me know. I had my blog crash and it was reinstalled by the database back up and now all my posts prior to the re-installation have those funky “A’s” in them. I’m slowly going through tweaking them, but I am trying to do that after my posts are written, so it’s taking me longer to get through them.

      I appreciate the head’s up! :) You’re the best!
      Heather

  28. Hi Heather,

    Thanks for your great article and advice on Dofollow blog. I love your badge and I have included it on my blog as well. I love your blog. It is well done and very informative. Thanks to Ty Tribble I was also able to find your blog and download the “Copywriting Secrets Cheat Sheet.”

    • Heather C Stephens says:

      Hi Monique!

      I”m glad you like the blog. It’s still a work in progress but I think it’s getting better and better as I learn more and more. Enjoy the copywriting cheat sheet and please stop by again!

      Thanks for your comment!
      Heather

  29. Heather. You have done it again.  I recently added Comment Love to my blog and was wondering what else I could do to increase interactivity and reward people for making comments.

    This DoFollow plug in and badge will create a rumble and a stir amongst the Tribes I’m a member of. I have added it to my blog. You have totally inspired me to write a post on this right now. I’ll be quoting you. Thanks once again for creating such useful content.

  30. Heather, thanks for this information and link back to Josh’s video explanation. I think I understand it better now. Thanks for the button. I plan on putting it on my site. But I do have a couple of questions. First where do you set to approve comments? I’ve clicked all over my dashboard, but I must be missing it somewhere. I don’t want to download the Do Follow plug in until I’m sure I have the approval thing taken care of.
    Also this exact comment box, which I’ve noticed on a lot of blogs, did Ty talk about that somewhere in MLM Blog Secrets? Is it a plug in? I didn’t see it listed on his Blog Secret Cheat Sheet.

    • Heather C Stephens says:

      Hi Jack!

      I’m glad you commented…great questions! Here’s a link to a photo of my discussion settings: http://www.clevermarketer.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/09/Discussion-Settings.png

      You get to it by clicking on settings and then discussion from your wordpress dashboard. Hopefully you’ll be able to see what I have selected.

      As far as your question on the comment box, I’m not sure what you’re asking. I have commentluv installed that allows for you to add a link to your most recent posts with your comment. If that’s not it…please comment back and let me know. I am not sure if I learned of that plugin from Ty. I know I learned of do follow after I had finished the MLM Blog Code training.

      Hopefully this helps! :)

      Thank you for your comment!
      Heather

  31. Hi
    This is awesome and something I am looking for.Related commenting is must as I am getting big traffic from it

    Thanks For Sharing
    -Abhishek

  32. Heather, Thank you dear. You have really solved my problem. Keep sharing much more post and article regarding dofollow’s. I would like to appreciate your work and efforts. Thank You. All the best.

    • Heather C Stephens says:

      Hi Mark,

      I’m glad I could help. Thank you for your comment!

      Heather

  33. Heather, nice choice with joining the dofollow revolution! By the looks of it your posts are buzzing with comments which is great to see.

    I totally agree that dofollow blogs are more valuable in regards to SEO but we shouldn’t only post on dofollow blogs because nofollow blogs can still provide some great targeted traffic. Plus building relationships with other blog owners is great because it’s all about how you know right? :P

  34. What a clever idea for the do follow badge of honor. Thank you for sharing, and I can’t wait to include it on my blog, and website. I will be looking forward to following you and sharing ideas.

  35. I wish if that were available myself. In fact, the comment dofollow setting is a tweak in Blogger, applied to the whole blog, not to individual comments. So, It is not available so far.

    However, I don’t know for sure about WordPress blogs, since I don’t work with them.

    But can you tell me how we can set dofollow on some particular comments or set nofollow on particular comments.

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  37. Thanks Heather, your concept is really worth reading again and again, as I have just implemented blog a week ago, I am learning all these valuable information from probloggers around the globe. Thanks for wonderful information. Now my confusion is cleared about no-follow and follow concept.

    I would like to know one thing, I have installed Disqus plugin for commenting system on my blog so will it accept incoming links who comments, because I will have most of my post as follow, indexed. Thank you for any suggestion in advance.

    • Heather C Stephens says:

      Hi there,

      I don’t have many suggestions for you with the Disqus plugin as I haven’t used it myself. I’d love to hear how it goes for you.

      I’ve received the best information from visiting other blogs and learning from other blog writers. There is a treasure trove of information out there!

      Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts,
      Heather

  38. Great post on blog commenting. Many people tend to underestimate the power of blog commenting on do-follow blogs. I find it to be one of the best ways of getting one way back links to your website as long as you know what type of blogs to look for. I have a blog myself that is dofollow and I get tons of good comments from many different people.

  39. Holly@App Developers says:

    Thank you, Heather, for making your blog dofollow and enabling KeywordLuv and CommentLuv plugins on it. We do really appreciate this! I agree, that it’s a win-win situation, because you get your content updated and also you get feedback, while we read interesting and useful info, and have a chance to share our thoughts and get a backlink. This really helps to keep in touch.

  40. Thank you for this post and thank you for speaking out for helping out the people who help you. I’m a big fan of the “I’ll scratch your back if you scratch mine” mentality on the web. Its such a competitive landscape, that it’s really the only way to survive on the web. I’ve definitely noticed the rise in popularity of no-follow comment boards over the years. It seems to be turning into the “new in-thing to do”.

  41. Thank you so much for this great explanation and the awesome button! How kink of you to make it in a variety of colors! I look forward to spending some time checking out the rest of your blog!

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  43. Hi Heather,
    wow, what a post. The badge is such a great idea. It creates more than just credibility, and reciprocity, but, it demonstrates creativity and leadership and innovation.

    thanks I will be adding the badge, and have the plugin too.

    Your student blogger, :D
    - Joe

  44. Heather, thanks so much for the very cool badge :). I found this post through Lisbeth Tanz where I also discovered Josh Garcia. My blogs are DoFollow, but I wasn’t aware of the simple way to find out if other blogs are DoFollow . . . and I really appreciate you sharing the badge you created!

  45. Hi Heather,

    I’m looking into changing into a dofollow site. Was just wondering do you tend to check Askimet for comments incorrectly marked as spam? Imagine the number of comments you got must have skyrocketed once you became dofollow but how much time would you say you spend dealing with spam?

    Also, I like the clean look of your site. Is that left following sidebar with facebook, twitter etc part of the theme or a plugin?

    Thanks

  46. so many people! it must be good!

  47. This is an awesome article. It has cleared up some of my major questions. And it has given me insight on things I never even knew I needed to know!!

    Thank you so much! I read through the comments as well and am definitely going to get the DoFollow plugin. I love how easy things are through WordPress!!

    Thank You again, so much!

    Brandy Orrange

  48. awesome.. have been browsing around the web on how to do this ‘dofollow’ thing :) & you giving me a full satisfaction. thank you!

  49. hi heather ! thanks for giving me a wide idea about ineffective blogging. great post!

  50. Hi Heather,

    I totally agree with you. The habit of reading other blogs and commenting is a good discipline apart from expecting the perk of building backlinks. But if we really want to welcome more people to be engaged in our blogs, making it do follow is a great way to motivate commenters. Comluv and top commenters widget are great ways to give them credits.

    My blog is also do follow. I don’t worry about the flow of link juice. Even if I cannot get a good page rank, I will have more people in my community. That is what is more important to me.

    Cheers,
    Jane.

  51. Very informative, thank you! I kept seeing DoFollow everywhere and didn’t know what it was. I’m now a user :)

    • Hi Amanda,

      I’m glad to have helped to inform you about do follow! :) Glad to have you joining the do follow movement!

      Heather

      • Hi Heather,

        Thank you again for making this available for everyone. It really is a great idea… we could all use help with those search engines!

  52. Heather,
    I loved your post!! I’ve been working on my blog for some time now and am learning new things every single day. I think I found you through a blog challenge that another friend of mine had posted on their blog and they directed me to you.

    Then I found this Do Follow post. I’d love to have this badge on my blog, but every single time I save it, it saves it with a black background. I have even gone as far as to click the badge and make it bigger. It too shows up on a white background, but when it saves, it’s on a black background.

    There are so many things to learn and I’m glad I found your blog!

    Tammy

    • Hi Tammy,

      The images are clear. I suggest you save one of the images to your computer and input it into a program like power point. Place a white box behind it and then group the box and the image together. Right click and save the image as a png or jpg file for your blog.

      That should do the trick. :)

      Glad you found clever marketer! Thanks for your comment!

      Heather

      • Heather,
        I don’t have PowerPoint :( I just had to put it on my blog with a black background :( not as pretty, but can’t figure it out any other way right now.
        Thanks
        Tammy

  53. Heather,
    Also, when I type in captcha I get like 25 plugins – which on is the right one?
    Thank you so much for your time,
    Tammy

  54. I simply CANNOT believe that my blog is no follow. gggrrrrr. Well it is DO follow now…thanks to you!!

  55. Heather, I found another Plugin (WP-SpamFree) that really helps cut down the spam. I got rid of the captcha and use “Growmap Anti Spambot Plugin” to add the check box (like you’re using) for the commentator to indicate they’re not spam. Wasn’t sure if you’d seen WP-SpamFree, but wanted to bring it to your attention.

    Thanks for the “Do-follow” badge! Awesome!

    • Hi Steve,

      Thanks for the comment. I am not using the wp spam free, because I’m not having any issues, but I’ve seen a lot of people who use it and seem to be happy with it. :) My guess is that it’s a great alternative.

      Thanks for sharing it here and adding value to my post!

      Heather

  56. Hi Heather,
    Thank you for this information. I’ve never heard of the DoFollow Plugin. I also just joined Commentluv. I love the win win and the community that this will create. Also thank you for the badge. I look forward to reading more of your blog.
    Kim

  57. Hello! I somehow made it to your blog through a blogging group and your page is just filled with information. I must go back and click through all the links as I feel I will be here a while learning not just on “DO FOLLOW” advantages, but Red Hot SEO for video blogging, talk your way easy MLM blog and more! I am quite new to the blogging world and one could just spin out with so much information.
    Glad I found you…through Steven I think??
    :-)

  58. Heather,

    Thank you for the great information. I’ve had my blog as a “do follow” for a while but wasn’t quite sure how to benefit from it, other than the tons of spam Akismet has been blocking.

    I joined Tammy’s 30 Day Comment Challenge and have been reading more on how to work with the other great plugins.

    I’m still in the process of changing my blog and it is great to find informative blogs like yours.

  59. This post was very helpful! I now have a Dofollow blog because of all of your help! Thank you!

  60. I did all of the tips on the video to install this into my blog, and think I have it, however….how do I know if this, indeed, giving my ‘commenters’ a backlink? I am clueless when it comes to this internet stuff, is there any way to know for sure that you are a ‘do follow’ blog…or is the placement of the badge enough? Thank you!!!

  61. Wonderful article! I just switched my blog back to WordPress and this is one of the first things I installed. Thanks for the reminder about commentluv too!

  62. Thanks for the post, it gave me a new view on to ‘dofollow’ or ‘nofollow’. My first opinion was to switch to a dofollow on our blog. But do you have any idea on what it does with the PR of a websites page?
    I’m guessing you’re gonna leak some pr to the commenters but really don’t know how much this will be. Do you have some experience with this?

  63. Hello Heather, I just finished watching your video. I did not know about do follow blogs until like this week, but after searching for more information on random blogs, I have a better idea of what it means. Do follow blogs are a win/win because it helps add “link juice” and also helps the discussion/conversation. I enjoyed reading this post and hopefully you’re cold will get better (that is from the more recent post of yours). Thanks!

  64. Hey,
    i read your post and it was very interesting.
    i have only one question, don’t you afraid from spammers?
    i had my blog dofollow and i got tons of spam comments.
    what can i do with that?

  65. Defnitely learned something new here — and will try and follow your lead and convert to a do follow blog.

    Unfortunately, it takes me forever to make this type of technical change and I will probably need to review the video multiple times before completing.

  66. Will do my best to install a do-follow plugin on my blog later today. Unfortunately, it might take me longer than the average bear…I’m tech scared…but I need to get over the hump.

    Thanks for this info about blog commenting. Very useful.

  67. Dofollow blogs get lots of spam.
    This is a shame because seo firms will
    post just to get a backlink.
    Nofollow blog links do have their place in seo.
    They make the link building appear more natural to google and help avoid sandboxing.

  68. I love it because there really is nothing to lose! Even if your outlinks were nofollowed, there wouldn’t help “hoard” pagerank in teh site anyway, so it’s a win-win both ways!

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