Pros And Cons Of The Do Follow Plugin

Posted on August 14th, 2007 in Drive Traffic To Your Blog by Stephanie

Last week I wrote about using the do follow plugin and how it can be used to give backlinks to your readers who comment on your posts.  There are some pros and cons of using this plugin that you may want to consider when deciding if you want to use it or not.

Pros:

  • It will encourage people to comment and therefore increase traffic to your site
  • You will be giving something back to your commentors

Cons:

  • You may get an increase in spam comments
  •  It may affect your search engine optimization strategy (if you have one) as you may be linking to other websites that are unrelated to your blog 

So given these pros and cons, it is up to you to decide whether you wish to use the do follow plugin and whether the pros outweigh the cons or vice versa.  In my opinion, if your blog is fairly new and not yet attracting a lot of visitors, then you should use the do follow plugin as it will help to increase your traffic especially if you join the D-List.  Also if you approve comments before they go live on your blog, then you can fish out the spam ones in the process or use the Akismet plugin to help get rid of spam.  However if you don’t have a lot of time to approve all your comments then spammers could get to be a real pain in the **** although you will probably still get spam and unrelated comments whether you use the do-follow plugin or not as some people are unaware that WordPress automatically puts a no follow tag on comments.  If your blog is already fairly established and you are getting a lot of visitors then you may not want to bother with the do-follow plugin and save the hassle of spam and the possibility of affecting your search engine ranking.

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7 Comments »

2007-08-15 15:16:26

This really depend on the bloggers, but for me, if you really need traffic, then just do follow it. Just my opinion.:)

 
Comment by Dee
2007-08-17 16:07:31

DoFollow did increase spam for me, but there’s always the delete button to remove spam comments 😀

 
Comment by Mikael Rieck
2007-08-23 11:59:53

You’re so right about the time you need to have to approve comments. However I do think that you will need to have a substantial amount of comments in order not to have the time :)

Secondly I don’t see how you thing that having the do-follow plug-in installed will hurt your seo efforts? I agree that linking out to bad neighborhoods are bad but giving link love to normal neighborhood sites will never take anything away from you (except possibly a bit of value to your internal links that is).

 
Comment by mario games
2010-03-14 03:36:11

the best place to advertise your site for free traffics is social bookmarking.

 
Comment by Annemieke
2011-08-05 13:26:36

I’m all for do-follow, but if it’s taking too much time to moderate you might not be able to keep up. I would say use the best spam filters and see how it goes!

 
Comment by A&R
2011-12-06 22:06:07

Great advice, if you’re new, making your blog a dofollow is a great way to stand out in a busy market place.

 
Comment by Lynn
2012-08-29 10:27:44

I think do-follow will increase comments to your blogs and if visitors spend time to write some comments, they deserve something in return. We can prevent unwanted comments and comment spam by using the delete button.

 
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