It is always a controversy ever since the “nofollow” for links was introduced by Google and some others in 2005. The question of whether you should make comment links dofollow is being disputed. You can hear the strong voices from both the sides and, I’m sure, none of them are less aloud. There are some bloggers grumbling for big-blogs turned to ‘nofollow’, and on the other side, those big-blogs run their scissors silently.
You will find every high PR website and blog made their link ‘nofollow’. Though, a link placed in them can be a good source of traffic back to your site, from SEO perspective, it is totally useless. Many new bloggers will find it bitter, but in my view, this is a must. It is good for health of web.
Here I want to argue, why you should NOT make your blog dofollow! You are most welcome to comment if you do not agree.
First of all, let me explain in brief, what this dofollow and nofollow is before this discussion.
What makes a blog dofollow or nofollow
World Wide Web (WWW) is a vast collection of web pages connected via hyperlinks. We call them links in common discourse. Links are inserted by HTML anchor tag ( < a >). This tag has some properties that you can set specifying attributes such as:
href= “http://icttrends.com” to tell the browser where the link should point. The link will take you to ICT Trends website in this example.
title= “Computer Exam Preparation” to display tool tip text when mouse pointer is over that link,
rel= “NOFOLLOW” to flag the link as nofollow.
There are many other attributes of anchor tag, but these many are sufficient for current discussion.
Here, what makes a link dofollow is the use of rel attribute. If the value of rel is “NOFOLLOW” the link is nofollow, otherwise it is dofollow.
What is the use of dofollow and nofollow attributes
This attribute helps search engines to decide whether the link worth followed or not while visiting (crawling) your post. It will visit those sites in your post that have ‘nofollow free’ links and will ignore others.
Here, a point to be noted is, you are not controlling search engines, you are just suggesting them which of those links worth visiting and which else are not. The final discretion is always of crawlers. You’ve done your duties and the rest is that of crawlers. But for any nofollow free link, it is counted as a vote – resulting to increased PageRank of the linked site. A link with nofollow attribute will be of no use improve its PR.
If you are a kind hearted, you’ll immediately feel why not to award dofollow if it does some good to them?
Advantages of Dofollow links
If you mark links in your blog with dofollow attribute, there are some advantages for you and for them where your link points to:
Everybody loves dofollow links and they are attracted to leave a link to your site. This will increase user participation in your site. The blog will look happy with more life.
You are rewarding your comment authors and other contributors with a link back to them that will be counted to increase their PageRank. Thanking them for their contribution will always be appreciated, isn’t it?
There are many dofollow blog communities and you will get a quick exposure if you register and use those platforms. This way it is lot easier to promote your blog and get more comments and traffic.
Making your blog dofollow will help you to improve Alexa ranking as it counts the traffic. If your blog is dofollow, it will be easier to get more traffic.
- What can be of more virtue than be a generous personality?
Surprised to see those startling benefits of dofollow when my post title is against it? But to dislike, first you should know the reasons why people like it so much. Before we decide, let’s check the drawbacks of dofollow links:
Disadvantages of Dofollow links
Everything has a dark side as well!
When the links in your page are dofollow, you are losing some juice from your page. If you release many links than you are earning, what about negative PR?
If somebody is attracted to comment with greed to get PR juice, do you expect quality comment or true to the heart? Majority will tend to write something that will be approved and their links get published!
Spam comments won’t be much of concern when you’ve enabled Akismet, but still what about looking through every spam comments to check if any genuine comments gone there. It happens often. You’ll find some genuine comments fall on spam folder.
Is it ethical to award blindly dofollow for everybody? Can you check every link in your blog whether they are worth following? If you can’t, how can you suggest search engine to follow a link or not.
If you know, your readers comment just to get a link back to them, can you feel pride of your blog.
Google won’t leave their PR algorithm as it is forever. What happens when it modifies slightly?
Most of the blogs are dofollow at first and when they start realizing the value of links, they just turn to the next pole with a click. How long will you find it dofollow?
You might draw even more disadvantages and drawbacks of dofollow links for your blog. Now, let’s decide, shall we make our blog dofollow?
I am against dofollow links, be them in my blog or any other. You won’t wish to miss; I have my next post “Why not to make your blog dofollow”.