If you did any kind of link building in the past, you must’ve heard the terms DoFollow and NoFollow. These two are important to learn since it can affect the quality of the links going to your blog.
What is DoFollow?
There are many articles written on the topic, so I won’t beat around the bush.
Here’s a simple recap:
DoFollow is the absence of the NoFollow code in your links. The NoFollow is a special HTML code that you can add to links to prevent search engines from passing any page attributes, like Page Rank, perceived authority, etc.
The NoFollow code looks like this:
How Does NoFollow Affect Your Blog Traffic?
The original purpose of the NoFollow tag was to discourage spammers from littering our blogs with junk links.
Unfortunately, blog spamming is still on the rise. Even more unfortunately, blog commenting is on the decline.
Since blog commenting has always been a great way to build links back to your site and even bring some extra blog traffic, the implementation of the NoFollow tag resulted in blog commenters looking for other link-building venues.
All major sites use NoFollow tags in their outbound links. Most blogging platforms, including self-hosted WordPress, implement NoFollow tag by default.
By the way, my blog is a DoFollow blog. To be more precise, every link you get from my blog is a DoFollow link.
If you would like yours to be one of them as well, make sure you download and install a DoFollow plugin.
How Do You Know What Blogs Are DoFollow?
For Firefox users, a quick way to find DoFollow links is to spot the NoFollow ones!
A free add-on called SearchStatus does just that: it will highlight all “NoFollow” links on a page. Everything not highlighted is DoFollow.
It’s a quick and easy way to do a background check on your backlinking resources to see if they’ve retained DoFollow status.
How Do You Find DoFollow Blogs?
Here’s the fun part of the post – how do you find the best links possible that will boost your site authority and bring you extra blog traffic?
Look no further – you’ll find a great Dofollow Blog Finder tool right here, at Traffic Generation Cafe.
All you do is add your keywords and voila – you get a list of DoFollow blogs related to your niche with no sweat and completely free.
For a much deeper look at ways to find DoFollow sites, check out this Squidoo lens (a DoFollow site, by the way) http://www.squidoo.com/dofollow.
Should You Bother With NoFollow Blogs?
There is nothing wrong with getting NoFollow links. In fact, when ranking any given page for a keyword, Google always looks for diversity of links, and NoFollow links are a part of your diversification.
Also, there were many tests done to see if NoFollow tag really doesn’t pass any link juice; I will let you know what the conclusions were in a future post – stay tuned!
Is your blog a DoFollow or NoFollow? Why? I want to hear what you think in the comments below!
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