Saturday, November 7

Dofollow links

Hi! Since my last post ,which was quite a while ago, I've done some things to change it. You may have noticed I've changed the template - the other one was very bland whereas this template has a bit more variety. And probably the best change for you, I've made my blog commenting dofollow. Now if you're a web developer or the like, you will probably know what dofollow and nofollow links are. But for the layman I will explain what dofollow/nofollow is and how to change a blogspot blog, into dofollow.

Well then, dofollow technically doesn't exist. What it is, is when a link is posted it can contain an attribute that reads 'rel=nofollow'. This means that search engines will not factor this link in when they rank your pages, thus you get virtually no benefit from commenting on a nofollow blog because not many people will click on your comment URL. Sure, a nofollow link from a high traffic page, in a good position, will earn you traffic, but that link will not count for anything as the search engines see it. A dofollow link is basically one without this 'rel=nofollow' attribute. It is seen by search engines and they count this link when working out how to rank your site in their indexes (I'll talk about the importance of better/worse links and what they are, in that series I keep saying I'll; trust me I'll do it next post!). So commenting on a dofollow blog is useful.
There are drawbacks of a dofollow link though. If a lot of links are dofollow on a page, they get the link juice split between them. You can liken this link to the flow of water from a bucket with holes in it. The PageRank (PR)or link juice is the water, the holes represent dofollow links and the bucket is the homepage (or any other page for that matter). Out of these holes flows the water, thus leaving less water in the original bucket. If you stopper one of the holes (apply the nofollow attribute to it) then more water is left in the bucket. Having more holes in the bucket - links on the page - means that more water flows out, but less water  - PageRank - is passing out of each link. Basically, if a page has more links on it, these links will take some of the giver pages PR and each link gets less PR passed to it. Therefore a page with less dofollow links on it will pass more PR on to each link. But overall, dofollow is giving a bit back to the net.
How then, I hear you asking, do I make my blogspot blog's comments dofollow, so that people can benefit from it?

  1. Go to Blogger layout and click "Edit HTML".
  2. Check the box reading "Expand Widget Templates".
  3. Search for "NoFollow" using a word processor or other program. You will find at least two of them in your template's code.
  4. Remove "rel='nofollow'" from the tag that begins with
    "<a expr:href='data:comment.authorUrl'”

  5. The second nofollow is for trackback URLs. This displays links to blogs that link to your post. You may choose to keep this attribute or not. It's up to you.
  6. And that's it! Your blogspot blog has now been made dofollow. You can now submit to dofollow search engines to get more traffic!
For more information on nofollow and dofollow links and other aspects of SEO, check back for the series on search optimization that I will start in a few days. Thanks for reading, and if you enjoyed any of my posts, follow me on twitter!

3 comments until now.

Rackmount Monitor + 20 January 2010 at 06:16 (#) :

Brilliant post! Do follow blog are very hard to find. Thanks for making such a complex task trouble-free.

rental mobil + 24 June 2010 at 07:13 (#) :

wow, great post i really like it.
keep posting stuff like this

flat buttocks + 28 October 2010 at 17:07 (#) :

I have my blog hosted from blogger. Since this is from google and not being indexed on search engine it is really hard for me to configure how to make it dofollow. It was not even rank from PR checker. Thanks for this information as I have now idea how to configure it.

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