There is a common misunderstanding among new bloggers that whenever they leave their URL online either by submitting to directories or commenting on blogs, their footsteps, so to speak, will be discovered by Google and other Search Engines. It was the same misconception I had.
The answer to the above misconception is either Yes or Wrong. ‘Yes’, your link will be discovered indexed by Google if the site supports DoFollow and ‘Wrong’ if the NoFollow is left intact. WordPress by default, as in other blogging platforms, automatically enable NoFollow for all user-generated links such as comments and trackbacks.
What is NoFollow?
In kindergarten term, NoFollow means your URL will not be followed by search engines as such your link will not counted as a valid link pointing back to your site. They call it backlink. How important your site is in the eye of search engines is determined by how many backlinks pointing to your site. The more backlinks you have, the higher your site in search engine ranking. For the sake of simplicity, let’s not explore this further in this article.
FYI NoFollow is originally intended to deter spammers from posting comments to boost their own search engine rankings. Google understands that we all want quality search results which are free of spams. Thereby all the comment links will not be considered and indexed as outbound links.
So what is DoFollow?
DoFollow = No NoFollow. Make sense? It is the opposite of it. It is the practice of removing the NoFollow tag from the comment link. It only means that whenever you make a comment – not a spam - on the site that enable DoFollow, you will not only engage in the conversation with other commentators, you will get rewarded with a backlink provided that you leave your URL when commenting. In short, you comment and I follow. The term popularly used among bloggers.
Leaving a comment on other related blogs is one of the basic most new bloggers tend to overlook in their quest for link-building and referral. In theory, commenting is the most effective and cheapest form of marketing backlink-building for freshly-made blogs to increase traffic referral and gain extra incentives of backlinks from DoFollow blogs. Thus, improving Google Page Rank.
Now let’s do link-building, shall we?
Presumably you have understood the above concept of DoFollow, now it’s time to do the necessary. Here’s a list DoFollow sites to jump start your link-building. Tips: Find those who are in your niche.
If you are in make money online niche, a blog that discusses about marriage may not be what you want. Unless, you have an idea of how marriage can be turned into a profitable business. Got it?
1. Fresh Geeks with 25 DoFollow Social Bookmarking Sites
2. Minterest with a huge List Of Over 250+ DoFollow Blogs
3. Swollen Pickles has List of Forums that allow “DoFollow” signature links
4. Courtney Tuttle’s D-List
5. Bumpzee! DoFollow Community Blog List
6. DoFollow Blogs Search Engine
That’s enough to keep you busy for the rest of the week. Just don’t spam.
This blog is no longer DoFollow
Without a doubt NoFollow does help a little with spam prevention, however I’m in the opinion that there will be lesser incentive for other bloggers to express their opinions and thoughts and to engage in the conversation which may add extra values to it.
I am all for rewarding my commentators, I mean legitimate ones, but moderation is needed from getting it out of hand. So if you have any valuable opinions on the use of Dofollow or maybe you disagree with it, leave your comment below and I’ll surely follow you.