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do YOU follow? a {new?} blogging movement

by Dawn Martinello

Dofollow gives your readers some link love

Despite my recent upgrades to the site, I’m working on a new layout for the site that I think is going to blow you away.
But that’s not really what this post is about. It’s about the dofollow ‘movement’ that is sweeping across some of your favourite blogs.

quick SEO lesson

If a blog has a nofollow tag, then Google comes along, follows the link to your site but doesn’t give you credit for that link. (yes! backlinks are important.)
If a blog has a dofollow tag, then Google comes along, follows the link to your site and DOES give you credit for that link. (yes! that’s good.)
Are you lost? Read the DIY Common Sense SEO and this post about taking the fear out of SEO.

so why are so many blogs still nofollow?

It could be that they just don’t know better. WordPress defaults to the nofollow tag. To get it changed, you either need to install (yet another) plugin, or edit the WordPress core code (which literally scares the bejesus out of some people).

Some people are still under the assumption that nofollow will help prevent spam. Pfft. I get tons of spam every month. NoFollow=NoWork.

A very few may just not want to love up their commenters.

whatcha gonna do?

I’m going to be giving away some link love, baby! As of today – right now – this is an official dofollow blog. That’s good for you – but you gotta start commenting. If you don’t I may just resort to turning off comments. (okay, not really because {to me, anyway} there just isn’t a good enough reason to turn them off. Even if you’re one of the big guys. who loves you?

leave a comment, will ya?

Are you in the dofollow or nofollow camp? why?
Would you comment more on a blog if you knew they were dofollow?

{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

Shannon Laackmann

hi Dawn

the dofollow and the nofollow confuse me. but I am willing to give it a try. which plug in from wordpress do you recommend?



Dawn Martinello

Shannon, there are a few plugins that will do the job – though I don’t have a preference to one over another since I prefer to edit the code directly. You could try this one from Semiologic.


Shannon Laackmann

Thanks Dawn. :)



You’ve just convinced me. As soon as I get the blog up and running on my website, it’s dofollow for me!


Dawn Martinello

Yay Beth!

For new blogs it could be a really useful way to get more comments quickly on your blog. Stop back in an let me know when you’re running.


Ross Franklin

I have been looking looking around for this kind of information.


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Good post, adding it to my blog now, thanks. :)


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