Do You DoFollow?

This week has been DoFollow week for me. As I mentioned in last week’s Fetching Friday, I have created a new site focused on DoFollow resources.

For those of you un-familiar with DoFollow, here’s a quick rundown:

What is DoFollow?

DoFollow is a term that describes a link that does not have a rel=nofollow attribute. In essence, links with nofollow are not completely recognized or otherwise ignored by search engines. While some search engines, such as Yahoo, do recognize nofollow links, Google typically doesn’t, and since links are one of the main necessities to high PR, it is important that you build DoFollow links towards your website.

DoFollow Link Building Strategies

There are many ways to build DoFollow links, including:

Each DoFollow resource page linked above lists sites by PageRank, and also gives some tips about how to use them to create quality backlinks.

DoFollow Blogs for Blog Owners

If you are a blog owner, making your blog DoFollow means that you are removing the nofollow attribute from the links to your commenter’s websites. There are simple ways to make your blog DoFollow. For self-hosted WordPress blogs, simply download and install a DoFollow plugin. Once activated, it will automatically make your visitor’s comments DoFollow. For Blogger / Blogspot blogs, you have to download your blog template’s HTML source code and remove the rel=”nofollow” in the comments area. Learn more about how to make your blog DoFollow.

One of the biggest concerns with going DoFollow is spam. Spammers find their way to most blogs eventually. There are several ways to combat commenting spam. One of the best ways to encourage valuable comments is to have a short and concise comment policy near your comment form, indicating that if specific things are unmet, the comment will not be approved, hopefully thwarting spammers from thinking they will get a link with a crappy comment.

What Makes The DoFollow Blog Directory Special?

Unlike most other blog directories, this one allows you to search for DoFollow blogs with certain features, such as Comment Luv, Top Commentator, keywords allowed and Keyword Luv.

So if you are a DoFollow blog owner, please come by and submit your link to the DoFollow blog directory. In addition to listing the above features, you can also list your blog as not allowing keywords and DoFollow links only happen after a set number of comments.

Also, don’t miss the DoFollow blog, which covers everything you need to know about DoFollow.





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Comments

  1. says

    Awesome post about DoFollow resources and links. here is included on of my SEO Forum i want say thanks to Kristi for making great post about do follow and add my forum (SEO Combat) there. many people confused about do follow and No follow so i think now clear his doubts.

  2. says

    This looks like a good resource, although I think it will probably be rife with abuse from spammers. Personally, I use MayFollow, i.e. any comments that go through that add to the post will not have nofollow on them; as well as comments from people I like :) I’m also in the process of adding on a feature that records how long people have been on the page when they comment. That combined with knowing how long it should take approx. to read a blog post will let you know who is scanning, who is reading and who is just comment dropping. I’m also going to block any comments from people that have [seo] or [design] in the name and register the referer and country. So if you have a UK “SEO company” dropping comments on your site from an Indian IP it should be pretty obvious what is going on there :| Speaking of which, one of the “SEO companies” who have commented on this have spammed me with garbage comments twice.
    .-= David´s last blog ..Writing for Search Engines and People =-.

  3. says

    Yes, I completely agree with you. I think I must reward my comment author for taking some time reading and commenting on my blog post. And Activating CommentLuv Plugin and removing No-Follow from comment author URL is the best way to do that.

    By the way, thanks for sharing such a nice site’s URL. I’m already using Do-Follow plugin in my blog. I didn’t know that there is a blog dedicated to Do-Follow. Thanks again for sharing the site’s URL with us.

    Do YOU do-follow? I mean, does your blog share link juice with whosoever leaves comment on posts?
    .-= Aminul Islam Sajib´s last blog ..How to make a friendship with the search giant Google Using Google Webmaster Tools =-.

  4. says

    I was and will. I upgraded WordPress and the option to “dofollow” a specific comment no longer appears as one of the options. Has anyone else had problems with the DoFollow, WebGuerrilla Version plugin after upgrading?

  5. says

    Interestingly, I just wrote a post about this subject the other day. I’ve gone back and forth when it comes to “dofollow” over the past year or so. For the most part, I like the sentiment behind it … but as you pointed out, the spammers are hard to deal with sometimes. At the moment, I suppose you could say that my blog is partially dofollow. There are definitely some comment links that have rel=nofollow removed … but only for a select few people at this time.
    .-= Todd Morris´s last blog ..An Easy Way To Reward Only Your Blogging Friends With DoFollow Comment Links =-.

  6. says

    Thanks a lot, in contrast to most of these lists, yours really are what they say they are. Most of the links are really useful, you’re making are SEO lives easier :)

  7. says

    Dugged this excellent post. This is actually my first time here (referred by John’s post in potpolitics) and I have to agree with John that this is how you make a community out of a blog.

    Just a bit of trivia with the dofollow thingy: It has existed ever since the Web was born. It was Google who introduced the rel=”nofollow” thing. And yes, other search engines like Ask.com don’t consider nofollow at all.

  8. says

    Kristi,
    Have I told you that you totally rock?
    Well if I haven’t I just have to tell you then ;-)
    I’m a do follow blog and will be creating a blog and adding it to my subdirectory of my main blog that will also have comment luv. Basically this second blog I’m creating will be to help other bloggers and online business owners with tips and also with coment luv do follow so that they will get ranking points for their keywords.
    I have seen some reverse engineer testing done with no follow and basically no follow links give us no ranking points for our keywords. So a no follow link is not useful for SEO purposes. The only time it is worth something is when it sends you traffic but not for SEO.
    Some people believe contrary to me but I have seen SEO testing done with this and I truly believe in the do follow movement.
    We as bloggers have to take a stand and help each other out. So I commend you for doing so.
    All the best,
    Eren
    .-= Eren Mckay´s last blog ..Guess what candy bar game for baby shower fun ;-) =-.

  9. says

    Great info Kristi! I learned something new again! You are such a wealth of good info when it comes to getting to know more about all this “blogging stuff” :)
    .-= Evita´s last blog ..Look Again =-.

  10. says

    I think this project is going to be successful! I like the idea of having a directory on blog format specially that you can add comments and see the beauty of linking back with CommentLuv working for you! Thanks a lot! this post is stumbled and re-tweeted!

  11. says

    I am enjoying the idea a lot since I know about couple of weeks ago, and hopefuly this shall be a central resource for the ‘DoFollow’ community. Keep up, Kristi!
    .-= Hicham´s last blog ..Library Cats =-.

  12. says

    I think that dofollow is a mutually beneficial element on blogs, since it encourages visitors to contribute to commentary, and also can help them from a backlink perspective. It seems like many bloggers are averse to the notion that someone could gain a valuable link from their blog, but as long as this is not abused and visitors’ comments are appropriate and relevant, I don’t see a problem with it – in fact, I think it’s very helpful.

  13. says

    i believe that do follow promote commenting on site, giving there view also express there opinion. and not spam.i have seen in my blog that spamming are very less or hardly anyone tries to spam on my blog.

  14. says

    Thanks for the resources, they will come in handy. Although, I am not so concerned about NoFollow barriers as I used to be; I think NoFollow links still hold a lot of value and that a mix of No and Do follow links is best.

    Best of luck keeping this up to date.
    .-= David Leonhardt´s last blog ..Look who follows NoFollow links! =-.

  15. says

    Well, this week has pretty much been a dofollow week for me: I’ve definitely found and commented on a number of dofollow blogs, some dofollow forums (this had been happening before), improved a dofollow profile or two, built some dofollow links from dofollow social bookmarking. I’m implementing the advice as much as I can; I should be able to update whether this is helping or not in a little bit (I’m gonna give it 3 more weeks, I think).

    I should say that even if it doesn’t help with search engines ultimately, it does feel good trying to promote, knowing that there are efforts whereby one can try for readers. Sometimes the worst feeling of having a blog is that of “is it even possible for me to get readers?”
    .-= ashok´s last blog ..Notes on Dickinson’s “They say that “Time assuages”…” (686) =-.

  16. says

    One of my blogs is also a dofollow blog. But I found that when I did a blog post telling people this that I attracted a ton of spam. Now I use Hobo’s dofollow linky love comment spam plug in.

  17. says

    I do follow but my blog is so new I do not have to deal with most of the stuff that a more established blog has to. Maybe when I grow up I can give an actual opinion on dofollow vs nofollow but for the moment it’s fun.
    .-= Dwippy DoFollow´s last blog ..Blog Comments =-.

  18. says

    I recently made by blog Do follow a few months ago. So far I have not really had very many issues with spam. I am using akisment and another plugin that I can’t remember off hand. Akismet did a good job of flagging the spam but I would still sift through it and waste time. When I added the other wordpress plugin it essentially eliminates it and I don’t even have access to it. When I first installed the plugin I spot checked it for a few weeks for false positives on spam, but didn’t see any. So now I don’t receive any blatant spam and only the occasional spammer that makes a comment that has nothing to do with the post itself. On those I just manually flag as spam. So far, my do follow experience has been good.
    I have learned a lot from reading and commenting on other Do Follow blogs over the past year, so I figured why not return the favor now that I have some PR to share.
    .-= New from Damon@Debt Negotiation New Era Debt Solutions Review =-.

  19. says

    http://webdesigner.status.net/ is a dofollow Twitter clone for web developers SEO and SEM pros. Link your Twitter account to this site and create free backlinks with no extra effort. I have also just found a service http://www.textlinks.com that is giving away 25 free permanent quality contextual backlinks just for registering. It’s worked for my site with positive ranking results in Google. Thanks for the do-follow luv!
    .-= New from Dave @ Surrey Web Design Google buys Aardvark – A Massively Multiplayer Online Pub Quiz =-.

    • says

      Hi Corey. PageRank seems to be determined by the number of incoming links you have, not the outgoing. My site is holding a PR 5 and I have posts in with individual PR of up to 5 in some cases that have tons of outgoing dofollow links. So I think you’re safe. :)



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