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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.

Today’s Lesson

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.

Today’s Assignment

Are you currently using a no nofollow plugin?

If not, are you ready to add one?

Will you join the No Nofollow community?

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I’m on a hunt for new bloggers. It doesn’t matter what your call yourselves….newbie bloggers, nubes, first time, infant, virgin, etc….. I have a proposition for you.

Here’s my situation:

I have a full time job and am blogging, what could be called part time, however, my time spent on blogging is steadily increasing.

Today’s Lesson

If you happened to read yesterday’s post, titled:“New Blogger Begins To Feel Like An Abandoned Dog”, you will know, I am on a mission to find new bloggers. However, I can’t do this alone. I need your help.

I need you, to help me, find you.

As a new blogger, you want to “be found”

The biggest tip I can share with new bloggers is:

Leave comments on other blogs!

I cannot stress this enough.

By leaving a comment, you are also leaving a link back to you.

It is through that link, others will find you.

Visiting, and leaving comments on other blogs, must become part of your blogging routine.

If you leave a comment on my blog, I promise to visit your blog.

Some of my other visitors will also come and visit you.

Please use this opportunity to help your new blog “get found”.

BTW: I have found my “blogger of the week” Her name is Natasha, and her blog is Natasha’s World

I have created an area at the top of my sidebar. It reads, “New Blog Of The Week”. Every Tuesday, you will see a new blog highlighted. The blog will hold the spot of “New Blog of the Week, for seven days. Please visit these new blogs, leave a comment, and remember to share words of encouragement.

Even if you do not choose to visit these new blogs on a regular basis, I’m asking my loyal readers to pay the “new blogger of the week”, one visit.

And, to my “new blogger of the week”, remember to provide my readers with fresh content, on a regular basis.

To all of you, I say thank you, in advance.

Today’s Assignment

If you are not sure how to leave a comment on this blog, I will tell you, step by step.

If you know all about how commenting works, feel free to skip this assignment, and start commenting. 🙂

1) At the bottom of this post (article), is a comment section

2) Type in your name…it doesn’t have to be your full name, just the name you want to be known by, in cyberspace. I, and most of my commenters use their first name.

3) It will then ask for your email address…enter that.

4) Here’s the important part. It will ask for your website address. Type carefully

Type in: http://yourblogname.com. For mine, I type in http://bloggingwithoutablog.com

This is what creates a link back to you. After your comment is approved/posted, we can click on your name, and that will send us to your blog.

In the comment area, leave me a comment.

I don’t care if you just say, “Hi, Come and see my new blog.”

If you want to say more, please feel free to do so.

When you are satisfied with your typed comment, hit “submit”, and the comment will be sent to my “comment area” for moderation.

If it looks like you are operating a legitimate blog, I will approve your comment, and you can view it under the corresponding post.

I cannot stress enough how important it is to leave comments on other blogs. This will not only help you to grow your blog, but you will also meet great people in cyberspace.

It may sound like a daunting task, but in the end, it will pay off.

By the way, if you don’t want to leave a comment here, use this practice to visit other blogs.

Hint: Remember, if you are reading comments on other blogs, and are curious about, or like what the commenter said, if you click on the name of the commenter, you will be redirected to their blog. It’s that easy.

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