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Posted by: Jahnelle Pittman-Seaman

Looking for LoveHello, dear readers! Welcome to the new dawn, the new day, the new millennium of do follow! Okay, okay, so the “do follow” attribute isn’t new… but it’s a change for us. Since it’s inception, the Article Archive has been a “no follow” or “external no follow”. We’ve been messing around with the idea of a change, but came up against the wall of DISQUS.

Darling DISQUS is a neat little commenting system. It’s great – you sign in to comment and people can read your profile, etc, etc, etc. This is, supposedly, an easy way of keeping track and managing your comments (easy way compared to the regular ole’ WordPress Admin comment system). We finally started looking for plugins to strip the “no follow” attribute from the comments.

After several trials and errors, we noticed that none of the plugins seemed to work. Meanwhile, all of our comments are being stored on the DISQUS system – which, it seems, sets the comments to “external no follow” whether you want them to or not. Unfortunately, the only way to take that irritating little attribute off is to uninstall DISQUS. Just as unfortunately, we lost some of our comments when we did uninstall the plugin.

The good news is that we finally found a beauty of a plugin: Denis de Bernardy’s  Do Follow. Now any links you put in your comments will be followed, like we feel they should be.

A little bit of the thinking behind changing to “do follow”:

  1. We like link love.
  2. We figure others like link love.
  3. We’re building an informational blog, and links are a great way to share information.
  4. People would be more willing to drop those informational links into our comments if they’re going to get a little link juice for it.

-And, like all great mathematicians, we added 2 + 2, came up with 6 and promptly changed to “do follow”.

There ARE rules, however (sorry, rebels):

  1. Comments WILL be moderated before acceptance.
  2. Comments MUST be relevant to the Article Archive topics or the current blog you’re commenting on.
  3. Links will be followed before acceptance to check the end page. Spammy links will be deleted and the commenter will be black listed.
  4. You WILL have fun, or we will MAKE you have fun.

Let the information sharing begin!

Comments (7)

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    Shefali Nagdev Reply

    This new commenting system does seem to hold a lot of promise. I don’t see the few ‘do’s and don’ts’ presenting any significant problems, and this technology is something that most webmasters would happily look forward to. Like Gabriella says, let the sharing begin.

    November 28, 2009 at 10:53 pm
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    Blog Handbook Reply

    Dofollow will probably boost the amount of comments you get, but on the other hand it may result in your site getting less of good and valid comments, because people are just looking for the back links.

    If do follow is nothing more, it is a way to thank the people that comment and show them some appreciation. Even if you get more spammy comments it is still in my opinion worth the moderation efforts.

    Hope everything goes well and you do not get overly spammed.

    November 30, 2009 at 2:37 pm
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    Peter Slowakei Reply

    A really large amount of people are busy at the sphere of SEO that is closely connected with dofollow attribute.All that changes will just ruin that sphere and I suppose that Google corporation won’t destroy that in the nearest future.

    February 11, 2010 at 5:43 pm
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    Cynthia Reply

    Aren’t you afraid that by allowing dofollow comments your blog will be full of spam, I have already notice some links, even “blog handbook” it is nothing but a spam, I am sure that the person who posted it obtained a good sum for spamming throughout doffolow blogs.

    April 7, 2010 at 2:29 am
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      Gabriella Reply

      Hello Cynthia, thanks for dropping by. First and foremost we have a few things in place, #1 a plug in by the name of Akismet which blocks spam then as a back up we do not allow any comments to be posted without or approval. So there are ways to go around it and yes, it does require work on our part but we do enjoy reading each and every one of our comments. As a matter of fact it’s the first thing on my to do list for the day.

      April 7, 2010 at 6:13 am
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    Charles Reply

    I think adding the dofollow feature is a good idea for bloggers to encourage conversation by incentivizing people to contribute.

    May 19, 2010 at 2:11 am
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      Gabriella Reply

      Hey Charles thanks. We are still getting a lot of flack for doing it. Some are saying the spam is horrible while others say it hurts your page rank…Personally I don’t care, I can handle the spam easy enough with plug-ins & approval. In regards to page rank HA! I never know with Google. But as long as I am able to engage with our readers and it can help them in a small way then so be it! Thanks for dropping by 🙂

      May 19, 2010 at 3:46 am

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