Sunday, 5 October 2008

You Comment, Should I Follow?

When Google Inc. spearheaded the fight against comment spams in 2005, it received immediate and wide acceptance from different websites, especially from bloggers who were sick and tired of deleting spam after spam after spam of useless comments on their blogs.
It is meant to solve a major drawback to receiving comment spams, by discouraging spammers from leaving a comment because search engines will ignore the link anyway.
In so doing however, it also discourages readers from commenting because they too are being ignored by search engines! It thus creates a dead link between a blogger and its readers who leave legitimate comments to the site. This ‘flaw’ takes away the camaraderie and sense of community between bloggers and readers as the rel=”nofollow” tag takes away any incentive of commenting to a post.

What official Google Blog says about nofollow?

“From now on, when Google sees the attribute (rel=”nofollow”) on hyperlinks, those links won’t get any credit when we rank websites in our search results.”

Example of Nofollow link:

General Link:

Link with Nofollow:
When you have rel="nofollow" in your blogger template, the tag automatically gets into the link saying search spiders "Not to follow".

Read Wikipedia on rel="nofollow"

You can encourage people to comment on your blog once they recognize that links in comments are being followed. To discourage spam enable comment moderation in your Settings---->Comments. Also put a prominent text widget in your sidebar proclaiming that links in your comments are followed by the search bots. This will act as a freebait by sharing your link juice with fellow bloggers.


To do this login to dashboard and click on layouts of your blog. Then click on Edit Html subtab of Template tab. First backup your template by clicking on the Download Full Template link. Put a check in the Expand Widgets Template Checkbox at the top of the Edit Template text box. This expands the Blog Posts Widget Code within which is the comments code.

Using Firefox search ctrl+F5
search rel='nofollow'

Delete the words in the code : rel='nofollow' and save the template.


  1. Should I follow this comment?
    I found that dofollow blogs is hard to find.How can I get the dofollow blogs?I can't find the ways.

  2. Speaking truth , it is hard to find do follow blogs because now very few do really exist, and that's because google has identified those website. So websites may face the threat of extinction from google and other search engines's search results. obviously google want justice for each website to be done, for accurate results

  3. Very nice post,Excellent post with some good info

  4. Posting? A like post comments. Good when i said remember the signed in. Before you said the contact.

  5. Many noobs. lol

  6. Engine noob.


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