The nofollow tag has been around for a few years now and it has become a valuable part of the Internet. However, when it comes to commenting, marking all links from comments as nofollow often deters your readers from submitting valuable comments to your blog. Without the incentive that you are going to be giving them a link back to their website, their is no reason to spend the time to write a valuable comment on your site. With proper care, it is becoming more valuable for web authors to allow dofollow links on their blogs.
What is the NoFollow Tag?
The nofollow tag is an additional tag added to a reference or link telling the search engine spiders not to crawl or pass link juice to that specified link. Basically, if you have a nofollow tag on a link, the search engine spiders will not see that link as a typical link but instead will just view it as text.
Why is it usually used?
The nofollow tag is used by default by many systems such as wordpress that feel that you should only offer links back to authors of blogs or articles but should not offer the links back to those providing comments on your site. Thus, to help secure your site from spam commenters, they use the nofollow tag by default so users are discouraged from writing comments of low quality just to get a link back to their website.
Why we recommend allowing the dofollow tags?
Your comment writers are taking time out of their busy days to write on your blog posts or articles. If they have written a good comment on your blog, you would be very happy with this. Of course you would be willing to offer a link back to their website in reward for writing a good comment on your blog.
You are thus providing incentive for your blog readers to post comments on your website. Not only do comments provide valuable feedback to you as the writer, but they also provide valuable additional information to the other readers as well. The more commenting you receive, this often translates to better search engine ranking and ultimately more traffic to your site.
If your site is not like a youtube where you are getting tons and tons of traffic and comments already, allowing the dofollow link on your site can be a smart way to increase your visibility on the Internet.
If you are wary of using dofollow on your website due to spamming, this is a valid concern. You will notice that your website will receive a significant increase in spam attempts by allowing dofollow links on your website. For this reason, it is absolutely imperative to include a spam detection service. We have found that with the spam detection service on, the majority of all comments not only increases with using the dofollow, but the quality of discussions also increased. Very few unwanted comments occurred with the spam detection enabled.
Once you have adjusted your blog to be dofollow, it may be wise to take advantage of the various do-follow directories out there such as this one. Just another way to increase your visibility and SEO rankings.
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