If you are interested in SEO for your blog then you are definitely interested in whether or not the blogs that you are commenting on are “NoFollow” or “DoFollow” blogs.
What’s the big deal about that?
There is a lot of buzz around the blogging world on this topic – and for good reason!
We have plenty of reasons for wanting to comment on other blogs (for more information on why this is see my post Commenting on Other Blogs Benefits YOU!) and one reason is definitely to get the back link.
What many people don’t realize (I know that I didn’t!) is that not all blogs are set to give you the back link that you want. Those blogs are called NoFollow. The blogs which do give the back links are called DoFollow.
If you are using a self-hosted WordPress blog (for more information on WordPress, see my post Why WordPress?) then you need to know that your blog is automatically set up as a NoFollow blog!
That was certainly news to me when I found that out! I thought the complete opposite, that WordPress was set up as a DoFollow blog. I thought that I was giving back links to all of my commentors! Oops.
On the bright side I have had comment luv up and running since the get-go so at least I’ve been giving them some advertising even though I wasn’t giving them the back links.
There’s a plug-in for that!
Go to your plug-in page and and find the plug-in conveniently called “DoFollow” and install and activate it and you will be hosting a DoFollow blog! That was easy!
BUT make sure that you have also activated an anti-spam plug-in. My personal favorite is WP-SpamFree, in about three months time it has blocked about 200 spam comments from my blog! A very tiny few still slip by, but that’s because they take the time to post some relevant looking comment. But on the rare occasion that does happen I mark them as spam and I don’t hear back from them again! Some people also like the Captcha plug-in but I am not a fan. Seriously, it’s not needed if you use WP-SpamFree.
Okay so now you know if YOUR blog is a DoFollow or a NoFollow…
How do you know what the blog that you are about to comment on is??
1.) The Clever Marketer has created a very nice badge that people can put on their blogs. That’s one easy way to tell really quickly if the blog is a DoFollow blog. You can grab her badge for your own blog and you can also read her great blog post on the topic: Is Blog Commenting an Ineffective Waste of Time for SEO?
2.) Josh Garcia put together a great video on his blog about how you can find this out on blogs that don’t have the handy badge. There is no point in going over what he has already said because he has said it perfectly: How to Tell if the Blog You Commenting on is a NoFollow or DoFollow Blog.
Is it worth my time to comment on a NoFollow blog?
Yes, it can still be worth your time. You are still building a community with other bloggers, you are still learning from other bloggers, you are still offering value when you comment, and people may still click the link to visit your blog if they like what you have to say. Especially if the blog has the comment luv plug-in!
But if all that you are interested in is the back link then no, obviously it would not be worth your time. Hopefully that is not the case and if it is then you really shouldn’t be leaving comments in the first place.