1) anyone noticed and
2) if it would hurt my blog any
Harleena is the only person who actually contacted me about this. Mainly to ask me did I know something she wasn’t aware of and/or should she follow suit.
It has to do with the nofollow tags. I disabled them back on August 25th and made all links nofollow.
Did you notice? If you did then did it matter?
DoFollow Versus NoFollow
I wrote a post a couple of years ago to help my readers understand more about the dofollow/nofollow tags and what it all means. Google implemented this a number of years ago and their definition has not wavered.
Most of you know that I have a love/hate relationship with Google. I don’t write for the search engines but they find my content anyway. Because it is the number one search engine today we can’t ignore that they still bring us traffic.
Although we should never let them rule how we blog we still have to be aware of things that could potentially hurt us. No one wants to lose traffic, it’s our lifeline.
I would hope that most of you know what backlinks are bad in the eyes of the Google God’s but just in case here is a list.
- Paid Links:
When there are motives behind exchanges like buying and selling links that’s bad. If you paid for a link and it passes PageRank then that counts. What also is a big no no is if you send someone a product for free in exchange for an article and a link about the product.
- Unnatural Link Exchanges:
If you link out to someone else’s content because it adds value to what you’ve shared then that’s natural. If you link out to something that has nothing to do with what you’re sharing then that’s unnatural.
- Automated Links:
Never fall for those companies trying to help you “build links”. They’re probably using some automated program to build those links which sends up a huge red flag to Google and it’s a great way to get your site penalized.
If you have an ad and within that ad you have a link that passes PageRank then that’s a big no no. Always be sure to add the rel=”nofollow” attribute to those links. For an example >>> click here.
- Optimized Anchor Text:
If your content is full of links and your anchor text is full of keywords then you’re an accident waiting to happen.
- Footer Links:
If you have keyword rich links in your footer instead of your content then Google will not be happy with you at all.
- Spammy Comment Links:
These consist of leaving links to products and/or services as well as including those in the name field. You never want this crap on your blog.
Commenting For Backlinks
There are three types of commenters:
- Black Hat:
These are the spammers who automate their comments in hopes that some of them will get approved and some will pass some link value. They hope that some will not be nofollow or that the nofollow will carry a little bit of weight, it will get scraped or perhaps picked up.
- Grey Hat:
This is a real person who is commenting but they add absolutely no value whatsoever in hopes of getting a link.
- White Hat:
You comment because you want to add value to the content that you’ve read and share your own opinions. One of the best ways to comment is what Harleena shared in her awesome guest post this month. You are here to participate in different communities to earn the trust and respect of other bloggers.
When you comment through white hat methods this will bring awareness and recognition of readers in the blogging community and earn you all sorts of fabulous returns.
They’ll start to see you everywhere and this builds trust. This trust can lead to all sorts of things like being mentioned in other people’s blog posts, being talked about in the social communities, being interviewed, asked to guest post, leading to working with other bloggers and of course to benefiting you in your business.
This is why you should be commenting and I hope this is why you are here today.
Am I DoFollow Or NoFollow Now
I did this experiment because I wanted to see if it made any difference to my blog because in the eyes of Google it won’t hurt me at all. Now in the eyes of my commenters it could have had a different affect.
After my little test I’ve decided to enable the dofollow links again and I believe that with the newest addition to CommentLuv Premium that will be released soon that this will help even more to cut back on spam.
Here is how it works now on my blog.
If you write a guest post for me you get dofollow links. Of course because guest posting here is by invitation only you have to be a loyal reader and commenter of my blog for a good period of time before you’ll receive an invitation.
If you comment on my blog and are new then we haven’t had a chance to get to know one another yet. It’s only fair that I not give you any link love until I’ve had a chance to make sure you’re here for the right reasons. Because of that you not only have to follow my criteria but have 10 approved comments before you’ll get the love.
My criteria includes using your real name, no keywords in your name, using the same email address each time and leaving a root domain that leads to your blog.
Because I’m all about connecting with other bloggers, you have to link to a blog. Now many of you have a site and your blog is not your root domain. I’ve really sorry about that but that just means the link in your name and Twitter ID will not be an active links. If I whitelist you then your CommentLuv link will be active and have a dofollow link.
If you aren’t linking to a blog or haven’t been in the past then you’ll either notice that your URL has been removed or changed. Please don’t make me do the extra work so leave the correct links.
I have commenting rules in place so if you don’t follow my rules your comment with either not be approved or your links will be removed.
Is NoFollow All Bad
Most people are of the mentality that they should only comment on dofollow blogs.
Sure, it’s a great idea to get some link love but remember what Google is really after! They want you to add value in your content, make it bookmark worthy so people want to come back, make it so that you’ve got some interaction going on and people are sharing your content.
That is what’s going to help you more then chasing links. Google wants natural link building and by you putting yourself out there in front of enough people to get their attention then you’re on the right road my friend.
Links are good but there is a wrong way to do this and a right way. Make them want to come back to your blog and see what you’re about. Don’t be about the links, be about the relationships because that’s what will get you much farther.
Have Any Questions
Okay, I’ve covered quite a bit here and I hope that you have a better understanding of the dofollow an nofollow tags as well as why I’m doing what I’m doing here.
Most of you pass this criteria anyway and are here for the right reasons and I do believe it’s benefited you as well. Would love to hear your thoughts on this topic and what you think. I’m always up for a good debate.
Hopefully you’ll share this post with your friends too. I think this is a topic most people are always eager to learn more about wouldn’t you agree?