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Changing the Word Press No Follow to Do Follow attribute may improve traffic to your blog.

Tips to Improve Your Blog Traffic: Change No Follow Attribute to Do Follow

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I will follow you
Follow you wherever you may go
There isn’t an ocean too deep
A mountain so high it can keep me away

I must follow you

….Ricky Nelson/Little Peggy March

I used to have a Green banner in the right-hand corner of my blog. It said that I’ve become NoFollow Free!

Recently I’ve been doing quite a bit of research regarding the NoFollow/DoFollow attributes regarding comments and links pertaining to Word-Press.  As a WAHM, I’m always looking for a way to build a better widget and gain traffic to my blog. :-)

Today I installed the Word Press plug-in called NoFollowFree

Since I upgraded and have the automatic plug-in installer, it was super easy.

As I belong to When I belonged to Entrecard, I’d been introduced to many wonderful, informative blogs.  Here’s a post by Inside My Head that summarizes the No-Follow/Do-Follow concept in an easy-to-understand manner.

Most blog platforms have a built in default for the ‘NoFollow’ code. Wherever there is a link in a comment, search engines will not follow the link as they are crawling the internet, thus not providing backlinks and trackbacks. Its intended purpose was to help stop comment spam, but it doesn’t work. What it does do is remove some of the incentive for readers to contribute to your site by commenting on your posts.

What’s equally great, is that Leigh has listed all the blogs that now have removed the NoFollow feature.

Like Leigh, I have imposed some restrictions before the NoFollow provision is removed.  However, what’s great is that the more you comment on these DoFollow blogs, once you hit the required minimum posts, the restriction is removed, and you will benefit by having more backlinks to your blogs!

To learn how to remove NoFollow tags from Blogger blogs, there’s an informative Squidoo lens HERE.

I’m hoping that since I’ve also installed  CommentLuv and changed these attributes on my blogs, that I’ll see my statistics increase.

Your thoughts?  Do you prefer No Follow or Do Follow?  And Why?

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About Cindi Moomettes

New England blogger from Connecticut and author of the multi-generational Moomettes Magnificents where she writes about Family, Grandparents and Grandchildren, home decor, Crochet, Knitting, DIY, crafts, family travel familiarization trips (FAMs), photography, social media and reviews. You can also find her at Moomettes Magnificents on eBay for the latest Fashion trends, Home Decor and Vintage Collectibles. Also at Moomettes Crochet for Handmade Crochet Wash Cloths & Accessories. For food and recipes visit at her blog Frugal New England Kitchen ***Products and/or companies featured on Moomettes Magnificents may have provided product samples and/or compensation for consideration. All opinions are my own. Posts may contain affiliate links. See also Disclosure***

33 comments

  1. Welcome to the dofollow club! :)

    Andy @ DoFollow 001’s last blog post..Digital Point Vs Warrior Fourms Vs Sitepoint Forums Vs Sphinn

  2. Wow I had no idea. I will certainly be changing mine to do follow! Thank you so much for this great post. I am going to include it right now in my Sunday’s Notable Newness post. Will be up by tomorrow morning. (I’m running late. lol)

    Thanks!
    ~Erin
    Twitter: @erinjeany
    ejsmomej[at]gmail[dot]com
    From Son Up to Son Down
    http://ejsmomej.blogspot.com/

    Erin’s last blog post..Where will you be March 20th at Midnight?

  3. I have read a few things about no follow/do follow, but I still don’t understand it 100%. I’m going to look into it some more. Thanks for your article!

  4. I did not know about the widget but will use it from now on. I also have WordPress. I do notice that the sites that allow a trackback to my comments, motivate me to comment on them more frequently.

    Thanks for the info. I’m going to add the plugin now.

    Maria@Conversations with moms’s last blog post..Sunday Joke Time

  5. I forgot to mention that I faved you on Technorati also.

    Maria@Conversations with moms’s last blog post..Sunday Joke Time

  6. I don’t understand. If you remove the no follow feature does that give you more traffic or less? Blogger hosts my blog so I’ll have to check out the squidoo lense that you recommended.

    Cascia @ Healthy Moms’s last blog post..Healthy Moms URL Has Changed

  7. I am, as you know, just beginning to figure all this stuff out. That is by far the most understandable of the many posts I have read on no follow. I’ll be installing that plug in and changing mine, forthwith.

  8. @ Cascia
    Removing the No Follow attribute on a link tells the search engines that you ‘approve’ of the links, and therefore they should be indexed. Having links to your site that the search engines CAN index, works in your favor by helping to improve the number of incoming links that point to your site. So people are always looking for “Do Follow” blogs to comment on, and thus build incoming links.

    Becoming a “Do Follow” blogger improved my traffic greatly, with not more than a reasonable amount of spam, which was reduced by only following a commenter after he or she had left a reasonable amount of comments, such as 2 or 3.

    Hope that answers your question!

    Thanks for mentioning me Moomette!

    Leigh’s last blog post..You Can’t Do It All

  9. That is very helpful information, thank you for posting it!

    MommaYoung’s last blog post..Edie Art — Review & Giveaway

  10. Farrah from Wife and Mom of 3

    Thanks for sharing this tip! I saw it around but wasn’t sure what the hype was all about. Think I’ll be adding it soon to my blog! :-)

  11. I do believe dofollow can let more people comments, but now a lot of bloggers join this dofollow system but their comments section just nofollow. Unethical bloggers just wanna make traffics from people commenting only, this make visitors to go away after they know about it.

  12. I have now also nofollow free and Commentluv Plugins and WOW! It really increases the number of comments a lot!

    Thomas’s last blog post..11 Very Useful Firefox Plugins For Web Product Managers And Web Designers

  13. If you want to get the traffic than you must have to change your attribute to Do Follow.

  14. Thanks for sharing such nice information. I will try to set my blog to do follow attribute.

  15. Has read with the pleasure, very interesting post, write still, good luck to you!

  16. hi,
    very nice information you have posted.
    Thanks for sharing the information.

  17. Thanks for the information…I’ll see how it works.
    .-= Jamericanspice´s last blog ..WW: The meeting =-.

  18. How do you know if a link or your blog is no follow or do follow?
    .-= Shan @ Last Shreds Of Sanity´s last blog ..Just Another Wordless Wednesday… =-.

  19. I am finding this topic very interesting.

    i am a no follow girl as i feel it makes our blog ‘leaky’ and the pagerank is harder to increase with do follow and comment luv.

    i am also very suspicious of comment luv.
    I was planning to do a post on ‘list of mom blogs with comment luv’.I check my backlinks on yahoo webmaster every other day after commenting on these blogs and unfortunately some mommy blogs who claim to have comment luv and top commenter widget do not show up.

    I find this whole thing shady and feel very few are legitimately giving link juice to others.
    .-= shraddha´s last blog ..Paayaliya =-.

  20. Shraddha – There’s nothing shady or suspicious. There are settings that can be implemented, once someone has left comments on a blog more than perhaps 5 times, the attribute can change automatically to “do follow.” If someone only leaves a comment once, then the attribute stays as “no follow.” Comment Luv always shows up for me whenever I visit a blog that has it implemented, and it shows up on my blog here.

  21. This is great!! It’s going to take some time to figure out (I’m a little slow at this stuff sometimes) but its definitely worth spending more time on this.

    At first glance I think I’d be a Do Follow kind-of girl :-)
    .-= Stefanie Zucker´s last blog ..Safe Sizer Choking Prevention Plate – Our Story and Giveaway =-.

  22. Thanks very much. A lot of us non corporate bloggers don’t have the cash to spend buying links from big sites so one of the only way we can build backlink authority is through commenting.

    So thank you,
    Forest.
    .-= Frugal Living´s last blog ..Pampered Chef Recipes =-.

  23. thanks mate very nice information provided here very useful for everyone.

  24. Thanks for the tips
    .-= Tammy´s last blog ..ecostore USA Review & Giveaway =-.

  25. Thanks for this great information. I just added the widget to my blog.

    Erin
    http://www.wordsfromabusysahm.com
    .-= Erin ´s last blog ..Mother, Baby ‘Die’ in Labor but Are Revived =-.

  26. Sharing GDI Sign-Ups

    Thanks for the excellent tip on the Do Follow feature and backlinks. I use blogger and wonder if there is something similar. Hope so! :)

  27. Interesting – I’ll try it for a bit and see what happens!
    .-= Look at what Abigail@crafts how to hopes you’ll read: …Make children’s play furniture from milk cartons =-.

  28. Great ideas and you didnt tell how to include Commentluv to my blog. I ll definitely be adding all these strategies.
    .-= Look at what Parent your child hopes you’ll read: …What about children’s styles? =-.

  29. Great post. Thanks.
    .-= Look at what Virginia from Lady V dZine hopes you’ll read: …EtsyMom Spring Gift Guide =-.

  30. I’m a new Grandma Blogger in the US. I love the Do Follow. I’ve got in my brand new blog. Please check it out. I’ll keep coming back to yours as I think we have a lot in common.
    Thanks for the great info!
    Wendy
    .-= Look at what Wendy hopes you’ll read: …Mat Size Considerations =-.

  31. ok so I guess I need to change mine….I think. Why is this so complicated to me? I think I need to have you come over for lunch and look at my blog…haha.

    Thanks for the info and for the link to inside my head

    <3
    Rachel Ferrucci would like you to read..Smokey EyesMy Profile

  32. I read recently that removing nofollow on comment links is actually beneficial for blog owners these days because Google now uses the amount of activity your site generates in order to determine where it ranks in the search engines. Seems like removing the nofollow attribute would increase activity and really help blog owners out! Thanks for being dofollow!

  33. I have several do follow blogs, changing to dofollow certainly increased my traffic.

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