TechPatio Is A “Do Follow” Blog – Spreading The Link Love For Free

by Klaus on August 19, 2009

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dofollow_blog_u_comment_i_followIn case you didn’t know, TechPatio has alwas been a do follow blog. Meaning, if you post a comment on techpatio.com and include the link to your website/blog, you will receive some of the so called “link love” or “link juice”.

Often nowadays, blogs are no follow blogs so if you post your link there, all you will (might) get are clicks from real visitors. Do Follow blogs also tells Google, and all the other search engine spiders out there, to follow the link to your site – you may even say that the do follow blog, TechPatio in this case, is “voting” for your site, due to the fact that you have a link on techpatio.com

TechPatio also uses the CommentLuv WordPress plugin which pulls your latest posts from your own blog using RSS feed technology. If you post a comment, a link to your latest blog post will automatically be included – you basically get two links, one to your main page and one to your blog post.

Bottom line, a do follow link is way better for your website, SEO wise, than a no follow link which is worthless in terms of SEO.


I cannot promise TechPatio will remain a do follow blog forever, but so far, I have no intention of changing it. If I do, I’ll be sure to make a note about it.

This post was inspired by MiscBytes, Social @ Blogging Tracker, Extreme John and WassupBlog which is also part of the “U Comment I Follow”-movement.

Please leave a comment below and tell us about your own blog – is it do follow or no follow?

Comments & Leave a Comment

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Christie August 19, 2009 at 22:20

Now you should have a flood of commenters! 🙂 Consider this post Stumbled and Tweeted (I will have to do it from home PC later tonight). Thanks for the mention!

Klaus @ TechPatio August 20, 2009 at 07:47

Thanks for the Stumble and tweet – appreciate it 🙂

Jason August 21, 2009 at 14:50

I read this the other day and there were only two comments, and I thought to myself ‘I wil come back in a couple of days to see how many comments’ and boy did you get a sh*t load of comments.

Hopefully this will bring you more visitors which may increase your earnings.
.-= Jason´s last blog ..I hate the ‘back to school’ time… =-.

Klaus @ TechPatio August 21, 2009 at 14:56

Hehe, I’m glad you came back! And yes, whille many of the comments are from me myself, I still received more comments on this post than any other post, as far can remember.

But I don’t expect to see any noticeable increase in income, it really takes many hits in order to get just a few clicks on adsense etc., and my visitors don’t seem to be too inclined to click the ads – yet 🙂

Jason August 21, 2009 at 15:16

Im sure a lot of people google ‘do follow blogs’ and similar keywords which will bring you some traffic from google, and eventually they will start clicking on ads.
.-= Jason´s last blog ..I hate the ‘back to school’ time… =-.

Dragon Blogger August 19, 2009 at 22:43

People love dofollow blogs when it comes to comments, but you won’t be able to maintain a Google PageRank if you are leaking all your SEO juice out to everyone who comments, so that is why most people don’t allow comment follows. CommentLuv isn’t dofollow by default, just links back to someone’s blog.

Klaus @ TechPatio August 20, 2009 at 07:58

My CommentLuv is actually DoFollow, but maybe because I changed some settings somewhere to allow it – I can’t remember 🙂

But I’m not so sure that you’re taking “pagerank away” from your own site anymore, by allowing dofollow links. Besides, even Google AdSense ads are dofollow 🙂

Sire August 19, 2009 at 23:53

Personally I care more for comments than I do for PR. As far as I am concerned PR is way overrated. Thanks for including me in this post, and I am proud to be the first one to Stumble this post.
.-= Sire´s last blog ..Sedo For Buying, Selling And Parking Domains =-.

Klaus @ TechPatio August 20, 2009 at 07:59

Yes – when it comes down to “PR vs reader activity”, I think I’d prefer the latter. Specially since PR probably ain’t *that important* for a higher ranking on search terms either.

Sire August 20, 2009 at 08:11

That is exactly right. When a prospective customer lands on your site does he have any idea about it’s PR? The answer is no. The only ones that care are other webmasters/bloggers and perhaps the misguided advertisers that are willing to formulate how much to offer you to advertise on your site.
.-= Sire´s last blog ..WassupBlog’s Ultimate Blogging Contest =-.

Klaus @ TechPatio August 20, 2009 at 08:37

You nailed it 🙂

I’m looking forward to next PR update though, I hope to see me go from 0 to something…

Sire August 20, 2009 at 08:53

Yeah, I’m hoping to get PR7 but I’m not holding my breath 😀
.-= Sire´s last blog ..WassupBlog’s Ultimate Blogging Contest =-.

Greg Ellison August 20, 2009 at 00:24

I think more comments on your blog the better it is. You just need to moderate the blog more closely. Greg Ellison
.-= Greg Ellison´s last blog ..Do you get upset at your Unsubscribers? =-.

Klaus @ TechPatio August 20, 2009 at 08:00

I agree 🙂 Akismet does a good job in catching spam, I’ve never seen a single spam make it through akismet, but it sometimes catches real comments too, specially from Extreme John, so I’m keeping an eye on my spam queue few times a week.

Shadow@Compute Live August 20, 2009 at 06:20

Even I am going to go for the Comment Luv PLugin for mu blog along with a do follow plugin. I was just wondering which do-follow plugin are you using currently…
.-= Shadow@Compute Live´s last blog ..Windows 7 RTM Theme for Windows XP =-.

Klaus @ TechPatio August 20, 2009 at 08:01

I’m using the “Nofollow Case by Case” plugin. I *think* that’s also the one that removed nofollow from CommentLuv links (they are nofollow by default). This plugin allows me to simply add the text “/dontfollow” to the end of URL’s posted behind the authorname, to make it nofollow. I can’t do that with CommentLuv links though, so there I have to edit the comment manually, but I don’t think I’ve had the need to do so yet.

Shadow@Compute Live August 20, 2009 at 20:54

Ok…Thanks for telling me about the plugin..But I am not sure I understood “/dontfollow” you explained..
.-= Shadow@Compute Live´s last blog ..Guild Wars 2 Trailer online =-.

Klaus @ TechPatio August 20, 2009 at 21:26

Inside the wordpress dashboard where you can edit all the comments on your blog, you can also edit the URL that is attached to eash user, like “Shadow@Compute Live” has URL http://computelive.com/ – but if I didn’t wanted you to have “do follow”, with this plugin, I’d just add “/dontfollow” to the URL and the plugin will add rel=”nofollow” to the html link, so that it’s a no follow link. So basically the URL will look like http://computelive.com/dontfollow

Shadow@Compute Live August 21, 2009 at 15:31

Okk..Thats really helpful Thanks…
.-= Shadow@Compute Live´s last blog ..Straight from Google: What You Need to Know – Matt Cutts =-.

Ching Ya August 20, 2009 at 06:28

Congrats! And great to see you join the group! Yay!
Sometimes there are decisions to be make, whether PR or visitors. However, I believe if you continue with your quality content, people will know the value of your site instead of just relying on PR alone. Besides, we all have our own rankings at heart. To me, you’re definitely surpassing it.

And thanks for the mention, also I’m glad the do-follow image looks fine in square format. ^^ Pleasure working with you.

@wchingya
Social/Blogging Tracker
.-= Ching Ya´s last blog ..WCHINGYA.COM Is Now A Do Follow Blog (Free Images)! =-.

Klaus @ TechPatio August 20, 2009 at 08:03

Thank you very much for the picture, Ching 🙂 I also included it in one of the ad rotation spots in the sidebar. Oh, reminds me, I should run it through PrettyLink so I can track clicks on it.

Ching Ya August 20, 2009 at 09:25

That’s a good idea. ^^ Well, looks nice on the sidebar too.
.-= Ching Ya´s last blog ..WCHINGYA.COM Is Now A Do Follow Blog (Free Images)! =-.

Jacob Yap August 20, 2009 at 12:26

Nice move, Klaus. Retweeted and share it on my Facebook. =)

Klaus @ TechPatio August 20, 2009 at 12:37

Thanks a lot, Jacob 🙂

Tech-Freak Stuff August 20, 2009 at 13:06

I am loving it! I like your Do-Follow move and it will surely attract more comments. Even I own a Do-Follow blog and I know you are a regular commentator there. Thanks!
.-= Tech-Freak Stuff´s last blog ..Symptoms of Swine Flu in Geeks [Funny] =-.

Klaus @ TechPatio August 20, 2009 at 13:12

That’s right – I just wish you had the CommentLuv plugin installed too 🙂 It’s hard to keep up with all the RSS feeds I’m following, so I usually take those with CommentLuv first as this also allows me to do a little bit of “marketing” if there’s anything I want to comment on. Non-CommentLuv blogs are usually go through when I have some spare time so the posts I’m reading from those blogs are often a few days old.

Brett Favre August 20, 2009 at 15:11

I setup all my blogs as Do follow also.

Klaus @ TechPatio August 20, 2009 at 15:17

Hi Brett – thanks for visiting!

I’m glad to hear you’re also offering Do Follow links on your blog. And CommentLuv too, I see, not bad!! Unfortunately your sports blog doesn’t really interest me, unless you begin to cover European soccer too 🙂

Evan Kline August 20, 2009 at 15:24

Hmm, you know, I’m not even sure what 40Tech is set up as, to be honest. But now you have me curious to look!

Klaus @ TechPatio August 20, 2009 at 15:28

40Tech is “no follow”, I just checked – and without CommentLuv plugin… Try to add CommentLuv if you want more comments 🙂

… and if you change it to do follow, you will have to quit your day job in order to keep up with all the incoming comments 😀

Blazing Minds August 21, 2009 at 15:12

It certainly seems that most blogs are going down the Do Follow route these days, there is some argument over how this affects your Google PR, but not all popular websites have a high ranking PageRank, I think it all boils down to how many people can find your blog, not how high the Page Rank is!
.-= Blazing Minds´s last blog ..A Question on blog Comments? =-.

Klaus @ TechPatio August 21, 2009 at 15:18

I suppose Google will just change their algorithm if they have to, but for now, “do follow blogs” are on the rise.

Oh by the way, I don’t know how I can check in WordPress if this is your first comment here or not, but I don’t recall you commenting before, so I just wanted to welcome you 🙂

Blazing Minds August 21, 2009 at 15:36

Thank you for the welcome, I’ve subscribed to your RSS and I’ll be reading more of your posts 😉
.-= Blazing Minds´s last blog ..Do you Tweet, Digg etc posts on blogs you enjoy reading? =-.

Klaus @ TechPatio August 21, 2009 at 15:43

That’s cool, so both you and I gained a new RSS subscriber today, not bad 🙂

Extreme John August 22, 2009 at 06:56

Thank you for the link love and mention and it’s great to see you getting on the bus, every new Do Follow Blog or U Comment I Follow Blog that gets involved the better it is for everyone.
.-= Extreme John´s last blog ..U Comment I Follow Blog List =-.

Ana August 22, 2009 at 15:20

Hello Klaus,
I must admit that the “do Follow” and “u follow” terminology got me a little confused to start with, as I wasn’t quite grasping the context of what it actually meant, and why it was named in such a way. I think I understand a little more about it now, from reading your post. Is it about linking your name, to that of your site? (As when our names are automatically linked, and when you click on it, you are directed to the site?) Or is this linked with following blogs, like through the google connect incentive? I think I am still lost on what this all means. Would be good to understand the definition of “do follow” before understanding what it’s purpose is, and why it’s here. Can you help me with this?
.-= Ana´s last blog ..Dream as your light = live bright =-.

Klaus @ TechPatio August 22, 2009 at 15:32

Hi Ana, nice to see you again!

I don’t blame you, it might be a bit technical. Let me try to explain.

The links you see behind your name and on your “Ana’s lost blog.. Dream as your light = live bright” text are the links back to your site. Usually they would be what is called “no follow”, so when the search engine spiders see your links at my site, they just “ignore” them – or they might follow them just to index.

But when doing a “do follow” link, it means that my site is telling the search engine spiders “hey go take a look at those links, I vouch for them!”. The more such links you get, the higher you are likely to rank on the search engine result pages.

I hope that made it a bit clearer otherwise feel free to ask again.

Ana August 22, 2009 at 15:51

Hello Klaus,

Nice to hear from you again, too. 🙂

Thank you for explaining, I appreciate it.

So, let me get this straight and clarified, those “do follow” links come from plugins such as “comment luv”? and they help to build your presence on the internet, by combining them in other sites?

Comment Luv is one of the first few plugins I have used, and I find it very useful as I like when people discover other people’s sites, and the idea of showing the last post is a brilliant way to connect others with their own site.

Thank you so much. 🙂
.-= Ana´s last blog ..Dream as your light = live bright =-.

Klaus @ TechPatio August 22, 2009 at 16:01

“Do follow” links does not come only from the CommentLuv plugin. The link you have on your name, “Ana” or “Extreme John” has and all the others, is also a “do follow” link. It’s just a more “generic” link counting as a “vote” for their site.

Whereas a CommentLuv link is much better because that way you’re linking to a post with the post title as keywords. When you put a link on the text “Dream as your light = live bright” – then you’re telling the search engine spiders that the page I’m linking to is about “Dream as your light = live bright”, so they are included in the algorithm to calculate your ranking in the search engines on those keywords.

(Small disclaimer though: I’m not sure about how much “link juice” actually flows through the CommentLuv links if one is using FeedBurner for RSS feeds, as the link then goes through feedburner to log the click and then redirects to the blog post – but you’re not doing that, so you’re getting it all 🙂 )

Ana August 23, 2009 at 00:47

Hello Klaus,

I see now, thank you. 🙂

Has the terminology of “do follow” been around for a while? As I have been encountering it, only just recently. Did they use a different kind of wording for it before?

It’s quite amazing how all this works, isn’t it. 🙂

Klaus @ TechPatio August 23, 2009 at 17:32

Hi again Ana,

I’ve known about the “nofollow” thing for some time, since I’m in the web development business, but it’s only recently – when I started blogging – I heard about “dofollow” or “do follow” term, at first I was also a bit confused but once I saw it mentioned with regards to “nofollow links”, I quickly figured out what it was for and since I do web development, I also instantly knew why many bloggers prefer to leave comments on “dofollow blogs”.

Ana August 23, 2009 at 21:02

Hello Klaus,
Do you have any idea where they call it that?
Ana
.-= Ana´s last blog ..Dream as your light = live bright =-.

Klaus @ TechPatio August 23, 2009 at 21:09

Why they call it “dofollow”? I would imagine it’s because the opposite is called “nofollow” and I think that was something the search engines invented, as a way for webmasters to add the “nofollow” tag to outgoing links in order to tell the search engine spiders NOT to follow that link.

For “normal” people, a link’s a link. But for those with some search engine optimization skills or interest, there’s a huge difference between “dofollow” and “nofollow”, as previously explained 🙂

Ana August 20, 2009 at 21:29

Thanks Klaus.
Much appreciated. 🙂
.-= Ana´s last blog ..Dream as your light = live bright =-.

Mitch August 22, 2009 at 21:57

Welcome to the dofollow world of blogging; I hope it’s very successful for you, as I believe it was for me once I added it.
.-= Mitch´s last blog ..Bloggers Can’t Hide Behind Fake Names Anymore And Defame Others =-.

Ana August 23, 2009 at 21:01

Hello Mitch,
Nice to see you here. 🙂
So it is something that you add as well?
I am still a little confused by it, but the understanding of it all will eventually sink.
I think it’s the terminology that I am getting baffled from, so choosing that over the actual understanding. Unecessary, but challenging nonetheless.

Mitch August 23, 2009 at 21:45

Yes, I went dofollow last July, and I have to say I think it’s been a boon. It was around the same time I added the CommentLuv plugin as well. I’ve written about it often on my blog; I don’t worry about page rank or any of that other stuff. I figure if people are willing to stop by and leave comments, good comments that is, they deserve a link.
.-= Mitch´s last blog ..Google Desktop For Vista 64-bit Is Finally Here! =-.

Ana August 24, 2009 at 12:05

Hello Mitch,
I wasn’t quite sure what the “do follow” meant, so I searched for various meanings and found a couple of plugins, to see whether I can experience this. Since installing ‘Lucia Link Love’ I can see the amount of comments left on my blog, both through the admin panel and the actual blog. Is this a feautre of a “do follow” blog? Also I have noticed my latest blog entry is getting a lot more coverage, and new people are commenting on it. Is that also another feature of the “do follow”? Driving in more traffic?
.-= Ana´s last blog ..Dream as your light = live bright =-.

Mitch August 24, 2009 at 19:09

Actually Ana, I don’t think seeing stats has anything to do with dofollow, but it could be a function of that particular plugin.

As for the other, yes, you will see more comments with a dofollow blog, especially one that also has commentluv, which yours does. People know that if they leave a good comment they’ll get the benefit of not only a link, but people might follow them back to their blogs. It works all around.
.-= Mitch´s last blog ..Poker Tournament, The Follow Up =-.

Tycoon Blogger August 23, 2009 at 01:47

I am glad to see that you are part of the do follow movemnet. I have been for a while and I think it is a great way to reward your loyal readers. Your are now on my radar and I will be visiting and commenting often!
.-= Tycoon Blogger´s last blog ..pay you to blog sites that I use =-.

Klaus @ TechPatio August 23, 2009 at 11:04

Hi Dan – it’s good to see you here! I’ve been using your site for a few weeks now, but you probably know that already 🙂

Looking forward to your comments & visits!

John Samuel August 25, 2009 at 12:55

I have stumbed your site.
.-= John Samuel´s last blog ..Enhance Twitter on Web with Power Twitter =-.

Klaus @ TechPatio August 25, 2009 at 13:45

Hi John – thanks for visiting and taking time to comment.

I appreciate your stumble 🙂

Benivolent September 5, 2009 at 11:00

It is good to know that many bloggers are using dofollow for blog comments.If it is nofollow many blog posts may not receive any comments.
So, dofollow increases comments for posts!

Bakuri September 5, 2009 at 11:55

I just came across this blog, very useful Do-follow blog. Guys keep on your good work.

Web Development Company September 11, 2009 at 09:33

It is good to know that many bloggers are using dofollow for blog comments.If it is nofollow many blog posts may not receive any comments.
So, dofollow increases comments for posts!

Klaus @ TechPatio September 11, 2009 at 10:32

Yes, just too bad that you didn’t comply with my comment rules about not using keywords as your name, so your website link has been removed, thus no dofollow link love for you – or as The Soup Nazi would have said: “No soup for you! Come back one year. NEXT!”

Flowers World September 15, 2009 at 23:38

That is exactly right. When a prospective customer lands on your site does he have any idea about it’s PR? The answer is no.

jim@Short term rental new york September 22, 2009 at 07:58

Indeed, the do follow plug in do entice commenters into writing more relevant comments on do follow blogs if only because they are assured of high quality link because of this plug in.

silicone bracelets September 25, 2009 at 09:14

It is great that you spread the love from the dofollow blog. today it is difficult to search the dofollow blog. Today “U comment I follow become very famous”

Klaus @ TechPatio September 26, 2009 at 00:09

It’s great, absolutely. Just too bad you didn’t follow my rules and decided to use keywords as your name, so I removed your URL and you’re not getting any link love 🙂
.-= Klaus @ TechPatio´s last blog ..Top 5 Ways To Make Money On The Internet =-.

Jack Polar September 29, 2009 at 05:28

I’m glad to see more dofollow blogs popping up these days. They are hard to find since wordpress defaults to nofollow. Great site, keep up the good work.
.-= Jack Polar´s last blog ..Review of Disposable Electronic Cigarette from ECig Inc. =-.

Michelle October 5, 2009 at 22:18

I commend you for offering the dofollow. Most seo info seems to say that it isn’t “worth” nearly as much without the anchored text, so of course that often results in spam posts filled with keywords.

As for your Adsense, I’d guess that you are probably smartpriced. Social traffic just doesn’t click very much. Have you considered using a plugin that only shows your Adsense to search engine visitors? There are at least a few of those. It might help your numbers, as would optimizing pages where you place Adsense to be a bit more focused. There’s nothing wrong with a general interest blog, it doesn’t pull up very good Adsense ads though.

Good luck!
.-= Michelle´s last blog ..Fashions of the Future Video =-.

Roger101 October 6, 2009 at 02:41

Interesting to see a blog that actively seeks “do follow” comments. If it becomes too successful, of course, Google will change the game again. I suspect someday, someone will come along ala craigslist and spank Google…long live Alta Vista, Web Crawler, Ask Jeeves etal.

 

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