Give Backlinks To Your Readers – Use The Do Follow Plugin

Posted on August 6th, 2007 in Drive Traffic To Your Blog by Stephanie

A lot of bloggers like to comment on other blogs in order to increase backlinks.  However, when you leave a comment on a WordPress or Blogger blog, a “no follow” tag is automatically inserted.  A “no follow” tag makes links invalid with Google and Technorati and will not improve your ranking with them.  Below is an example of html code for a link that “does follow” and is valid with Google and Technorati:

Do Follow

And this is the code with the “no follow” tag:

No Follow

So if you want to give something back to your invaluable readers who comment on your posts, then give them a backlink by using a plugin called Do Follow which you can get from here.  The Do Follow plugin removes the “nofollow” code from the comment links.  It is easy to install – all you need to do is download the plugin’s zip file and upload it into your plugin folder and then activate it in your plugins administration area.  So show a little link love and use the Do Follow Plugin!  I have activated mine so feel free to comment :-)

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Comment by Terinea Weblog
2007-08-06 09:23:41

I’m not sure if my blog has just become more popular all of sudden or because I also have nofollow pluggin installed, but I seem to be getting more spam comments. These aren’t your average spam, they actually comment stuff related to the post and then talking about the product they are selling.


Comment by Shireen
2007-08-07 03:54:33

Very useful tip. Thks. you could also register with blog directories such as

Comment by digitalburn
2007-08-08 03:16:59

I have it installed, I get frustrated by people leaving comments using names like “Cheapest Car Insurance in the UK”.

2007-08-12 00:52:40

What a great resource! Thanks for posting about it… I will have to see whether or not using this plugin causes lots of spam comments or not, however.

Comment by owain
2009-02-16 20:37:24

Just started adding this plugin to my sites. It is great to give something back to your readers.

Comment by moses
2009-04-16 10:46:48

I’m really glad I read this article. I never knew about the SEO add-on until I read it haha, so that’s one good thing that I got from this article.

Also, I like how you point out how easy it is to find out on your own. I get so many requests with people asking me to tell them if a blog is dofollow or not, that I eventually just started ignoring people.

I’m going to link to this article on my blog =)

Comment by term assurance
2010-01-27 20:18:26

Do follow plug ins only really work if properly moderated by the blog owner, we have had problems in the past if not moderated you will have many comments just posting ‘ great article’ with a link which not only dilutes your page juice but also your keyword density.

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