Our Blog Site is a Do-Follow Blog
What does that mean?
In 2005 Google drafted a standard called the no follow tag. What this was meant to do is to combat comment spam by telling Google, Technorati and other spider systems not to follow a particular link. By default it is switch ON on your standard blogging software including WordPress.
The problem is that this tag has result in disadvantaging small real bloggers who want to build on the world wide community of discussion. The big guys like TechCrunch, Lifehacker and others don’t need our help building a linked in community and they invariably have it switched on. However the little guy IS disadvantaged because we need these links to help people find us and be a legitimate voice in the discussion.
Almost all blog platforms by default are set up so that a “dead end” piece of code is inserted wherever there is a link in a comment, so that search engines will not “count” the link as they are crawling the internet. This was originally designed to help stop comment spam, but it doesn’t work. What it does is remove some of the incentive for your readers contribute to your site by commenting on your posts.
You can read the Google Blog discussion on this here.
But Isn’t Comment Spam a big problem?
The answer is yes and no. There are some excellent SPAM detection plugins now available that can help. Akismet is a great SPAM tool and for me knocks out 99% of the spam. The number of false positives are quite low these days. I strongly urge that you look at WordPress as your platform because of it’s strong community of plugins.
Once you get a ton of traffic then you are reassess the use or non-use of the nofollow tag.
How can it help me as a blogger?
By building a community of bloggers who consciously disable their nofollow tag and cross promote the fact that they do that, then invariably the community will be strengthened by the cross linking and the “Link Juice” it provides. Secondly by creating a DoFollow policy for your blog you will invariably get a following of bloggers who are willing to support your blog.
How do I know if I am a DoFollow or noFollow Blog ?
That is pretty straight forward. You just need to open your browser to your website.
Then go View>Page Source.
Then look at the Comments Section.
If you see this:
then you have nofollow enabled.
If you see this:
Then you are good to go.
How can I become a DoFollow Blogger?
If you have a Blogger blog, then follow the instructions here.
How do you Kiwibloke manage your DoFollow Policy?
We have a two step policy. Firstly we look for blogs who actively support DoFollow for their comments and we engage in that community. It is our express wish to cross polinate the discussion and we think we have a lot to add.
If you don’t like what we comment then you can vote with the delete key. However we rarely delete a comment unless it is obvious spam or crosses the boundary of decency. That means ad homen attacks and foul language. You can call our argument completely stupid, but you cannot call us (or the readers) stupid or worst.
Our site by default is DoFollow with the obvious exception of images and other stuff that should not be followed. We also apply nofollow to large sites like Time, New York Times, CNN etc because they don’t need us.
Do you offer Additional Benefits?
Why yes we do, thanks for asking. We employ a DoFollow Blogroll. This Blogroll is on our front page and the link is given to people to are part of the DoFollow Bloggers. These blogs have explicitly given us a Technorati Authority and we are returning the favor. The Blogroll for Technorati is specifically spidered and counted as an Authority. It is exactly the link they are looking for.
So in order for you to get on our blogroll you need to:
- Firstly be an explict DoFollow Blogger (and we check)
- Secondly we have contributed to your community through comments or guest blogging
- Thirdly at some stage we have ended up with Technorati Authority because of you
Even More Benefits
We also do Technorati Fav exchange. This means if you favor us in Technorati then we will do the same. Simple as that.
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