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Links create love in blogoshpere.
However, “no follow tags” are set as a default on many blogging platforms. Even if you use the CommentLuv plugin, when your blog is crawled, the bots and spiders don’t give commenters “credit” for their link.
On my travels through cyberspace no follow tags are often discussed.
A visit to David Lano’s (previous NBOTW) blog, got my attention. He had a “No Nofollow” placard on his blog post. Curiosity got the best of me, so I asked David about it, and also asked him to monitor how inserting No NoFollow, affected his blog, comments and spam.
After using the NoNoFollow plugin for nearly a month, we communicated via e-mail. Here are David’s answers to my questions:
Q: Is Akismet catchng those spam comments, or are you having to moderate them?
A: I don’t have moderation turned on and so far I have only had 1 spam comment that has slipped through the Akismet filter.
Q: Has adding the NO NOFOLLOW, increased the amount of comments you recieve?
A; Yes, the removal of the NOFOLLOW tags has led to an increase in the amount of overall comments. It has only been a few weeks since I have removed the NOFOLLOW tags, but I have already seen an increase in readers’ interaction.
Q: Personally, would you like to see more blogs use this?
A: Yes, personally I would like to see more blogs remove the NOFOLLOW tags in comment links. I think a blog is incredibly weak without the interaction and participation of readers. Removing the NOFOLLOW tags in links can be a huge incentive and benefit for regular commenter’s and creates a snowball effect in the distribution of information between authors and readers.
Q: Do you have any other observations you care to share?
A: The most important factor in the success of my blog is its ability to spark conversations and distribute information. Anything I can do to encourage this behavior is a must have.
David’s answers sold me on the idea of using a no nofollow plugin. I installed the Lucia’s Linky Love plugin. Installation mirrored other plugins. Once activated, I went to “Options” and typed in my choices. It’s working behind the scenes spreading link love through cyberspace.
As stated in David’s blog , concern over the “no follow” tags has created a new “movement” named the “No Follow-I Follow – Dofollow Community” This is a community currently managed by: Andy Beard. Through the links on David Lano’s blog, I also found a post by Andy Beard titled “Ultimate List of Dofollow Plugins…”
Thank you David for sharing your results with me, and for providing the links to make it happen.
Are you currently using a no nofollow plugin?
If not, are you ready to add one?
Will you join the No Nofollow community?