Follow through on comments

Have you noticed the “U Comment, I Follow” badges on many blogs? Even if you’re on Blogger, you can join the “Dofollow” movement.

What’s “Dofollow”? It’s a reaction to the automatic code that most blogging platforms attach to comment links (both the names of your commenters and any links they include in their comments). This code, rel=”nofollow”, was created to tell search engines that you don’t really trust this link, so they shouldn’t take this link as a “vote” for or endorsement of it.

Why should you remove “nofollow”? It’s like a nice little gift to give your commenters (and possibly an incentive for people to comment on your blog!). Here on MamaBlogga, our current policy is to remove the “nofollow” tags from your name link in the comments after you’ve made ten comments (handled via plugin). You can share the link love, too!

How to Remove Nofollow
You can remove the nofollow tag pretty easily. In fact, if you’re on WordPress, there’s an abundance of plugins that will do this for you quite painlessly (Andy Beard has an “ultimate” list of these). Other programs require a little bit of programming work, but it’s well worth it.

Moveable Type/TypePad
Moveable Type-based platforms are a little more tricky. In addition to adding a “nofollow,” they also implement a redirect. For example, instead of a link going straight to “MamaBlogga.com” it goes first to “http://www.typepad.com/t/comments?__mode=red&user_id=715412&id=72558418” (I made the numbers up) and then to “MamaBlogga.com.” Once again, this isn’t very nice as far as search engines go. For removing the nofollow and this redirect on Moveable Type, see Now is a Long Time Too. For TypePad, see ConverStations.

Blogger
For Blogger, go to Layout>Edit HTML. Check the little “Expand Widgets Templates” box. Scroll down to the comments section (it would probably be useful to paste your code into Notepad and use the Find function). Find this code: <a expr:href=’data:comment.authorUrl’ rel=’nofollow’> . Delete the “rel=’nofollow'” portion and save your layout.

Update: this will remove the nofollow from comments when viewed on a single post, but not when viewed in a popup or separate window from Blogger. For example, when you view a single post on Miscellaneous Adventures of an Aussie Mum, the “nofolllow” is removed from the comments. However, if you view the same comments in a separate page or popup window, the nofollow is still there. Those second windows are on a Blogger domain, and as far as I know, there’s nothing you can do about it. :(

(If you’re on the old Blogger template, this is found under Template>Edit HTML. The code to replace is <a href=”>$BlogBacklinkURL$>” rel=”nofollow”><$BlogBacklinkTitle$></a> you can’t remove nofollow from commenters .)

When making a comment on a Blogger/BlogSpot blog
Blogger will still use a similar redirect scheme to TypePad, only the link leads to something like “http://www.blogger.com/profile/16523599384736451872.” However, as a commenter, you can get around this. If the blog allows, you’ll have three options on the comments: your blogger profile, Other and Anonymous. Your blogger profile is the default, but it creates a link to your blogger profile, and not your blog. However, if you select Other, you can enter whatever name and URL that you like.

Be sure to stay tuned next week for another helpful blogging tip and an exciting MamaBlogga announcement!

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14 thoughts on “Follow through on comments

  1. Hon, I wish I could follow what you’re saying! I’ve tried to read explanations on this before and I still don’t follow (but I can be dense). I’ll do what you say, and see how it goes (try to, anyway!)

  2. What can I do to make this more accessible? I certainly don’t want to talk over my readers’ heads!

    On the plus side, it looks like you did it perfectly! Now people commenting on your site will get links back to their Blogger profiles (or if they follow the second part of my Blogger instructions, their websites) that search engines recognize and follow. It’s a nice little bonus for commenting on your site.

    Good job!

  3. hm. I’m not sure if I’m understanding this correctly. Are you saying it will help your SEO rating? I mean the com mentors. That it will cause them to look at your site more often? Or is this something that actually effects your technorati authority? I’m dying to get my authirty back up after switching :) I lost so many points! :)

  4. It won’t affect your own SEO, but it can help pass link love/Google juice/whatever from your site to your commenters’. If you advertise the fact, it can help induce more people to comment (not a problem you have, of course).

    I’ll cover everything you need to know about Technorati in a few weeks—will that work?

  5. I love the look of your blog looks real nice, and thanks for the dofollow tip just done mine on my new blog lets hope its working

  6. Thanks for this info! I thought I had removed the nofollow attribute on my page a few weeks ago, but apparently, I hadn’t. Also, thanks for the info about getting around the profile comment issue.

  7. thanks for the tips I just edited my blogger template to follow all comments on my blog The Mexican Taint. Thanks again

    ~tAiNt~

  8. I have bookmarked this article. I always appreciate another good set of tips. Dofollow makes people feel more appreciated when the post comment on your blog. As long as you are the decider for which comment is true and have value to your blog, you are safe with GOOGLE.

    Have a wonderful day and happy blogging.

    McIntyre
    learntoberich.com.au

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