Building Backlinks, Do-Follow Comments And Information To Increase Google Search Rank And Page Rank




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Using Do Follow BlogsRegular readers of this blog will have noticed i have a You Comment I Follow image in the comments area and most posts have the message : "This Blog is Do-Follow - when you comment here it helps Your Blogs Google rank !"


This has lead to a few questions mainly :


-What does Do-Follow mean ?
-Is My Blog Do-Follow ?
-Should my blog be Do-Follow ?
-How does commenting on a Do-Follow blog improve my blogs Google rank ?

In this post i will explain what "Do Follow" is, how it works, how to make your blog Do Follow and a very interesting exercise of going on a "Do-Follow Road Trip" (Just made that phrase up very clever) to improve your blogs Google rank, Page rank and increase the amount of visitors to your blog.

Sounds Good - Getting Started


I have posted an update on this subject, i recommend you read this post first then the update here - An Updated Look At Do-Follow And No-Follow Comments.

First up, this is a post i wasn't sure if i should write for a number of reasons but mainly because like with every good deed, some people (the minority) will see another way to spam and piss off a lot of hard working Bloggers.But i feel it's unfair on new bloggers to not let them know some of the little tricks others are doing to give their Blog a Boost.

This post goes into detail on every area of the subject, if your new to blogging you should take it all in if your more experienced you can pick the info relevant to your needs.

So lets first look at Links or back links


A back link is a link from a web page to your blog, it may be someone mentioning your blog with a link in a post "Hey i just read a great post by John Click Here to see it" , someone adding you blog as one of their favorites in their sidebar or Footer, or anywhere on the web that there is a link to your blog or any page of your blog would be a back link.

Every link on every website, blog and web page gets crawled by search engines (For this post from here on i will use Google as the example search engine).When Google crawl a web page and pick up a link to your blog they use this link like a badge recommending your blog.

The more links they find to your blog around the web, they take as more people recommending your blog.

This has a few effects :

1. The more links to your blog the higher your blog will rank in search results
2. The more links to your blog the higher your blogs page rank(PR)

"What is Page Rank?"

While i have a good idea of how page rank works, i recon the guys that invented page rank don't know how it works any more !
But the main thing to understand is that page rank goes from 0=low to 10=high with the higher the better.

I could go much deeper into this but why bother we know the main goal here and that's the more sites we can get to link to our blogs the better.You can see how many sites link to your blog by signing up for Google webmaster tools and registering your blog.

What Links Count As Back links


Of course not all the links will be to the homepage of your blog and a great example of this is from the post i published last December showing how to add a snow fall effect to your blog.That post alone has has been linked to 1,221 times, that's over 5 times more links than there are to the homepage ! That is not a problem a link to any page is good.

The image below is from Webmaster Tools updated 24-01-2010 :


You must also consider i only bought the domain SpiceUpYourBlog.Com on 16-12-2009 and did not get the Domain connected until Christmas Eve the 24th - so the total number of links built in 1 month at almost 2,000 is great.

Update - 10 Months On And The Number Of Links To Spice Up Your Blog Has Passed 30,000.

Update - Had a quick check in webmaster tools while updating this post in May 2011 and the way backlinks are counted has changed slightly.However by this stage i would say we are well above the million mark :D.Links found from sites using the blogspot sub domain alone stands at 425,025 and they find 737,430 links to the SUYB home page.Add in the links to the over 300 posts and maybe we are up to 2 million !

Before i got spiceupyourblog.com this blog had started with the address : www.Spiceyourblog.info.
Both spiceyourblog.info and the Blogger default : www.spiceyourblog.blogspot.com (both still direct to this blog) have built back links also, they are not included in the list above.

However every back link is still huge and as reveled in a recent interview with Google employee Matt Cutts back links in the body of a post are counted as more important than links in the footer or sidebar sections of web pages.This basically means if i was to link to your blog in this post that would be of more benefit than if i linked to your blog in my footer (Bottom section).You can of course link to Spice Up Your Blog to thank me for the hard work (Blatant Self Promotion :D)

Once again i could go much deeper into this but i fear some people could get lost if i do.

Links are also for clicking


OK so we have looked at back links and it is indisputable how important they are to a Blogger but we have left out the fact that people also click links !

So not only will a back link to your blog help your blogs rank in search results and your Page Rank but it will also bring new visitors to your blog who may like what they see and link to you and the whole cycle starts again.

Now your thinking this is great Paul but how do i get people to link to my Blog ?

Generating Back links


This is not easy and in a way i cheated because the snow effect gadget had a built in link so most of the people providing those 1,221 links don't actually know they are linking to me at all.This is something you see with a lot of gadgets you use on your blog and i actually include links on very few gadgets i provide here as compared with some similar sites.
Most of the 237 links to the homepage are links that people created because they liked my blog and wanted to share it with their readers.

There are lots of ways to get back links you may have heard of link exchange were two bloggers agree to link to each others blogs thus creating a back link for each of them.You can write guest posts on other blogs, submit to blog directory's, social bookmarking, article submission and many more, maybe you can share some ways you get back links in the comments.

Some people actually pay for back links, and a quiet good option if you were willing to spend a few bucks is permalinks.These links are be placed in a prime position at the top of a post and once purchased are there forever, they are sold for a one off fee.
This is slightly different to the normal link you may get in a sidebar or footer as
1. Its in the post body which is seen as more important by Google
2. It's in a prime position with some text, so it also works as an ad for your blog
3. Most 125x125 banner ads you buy in a sidebar (You can see 4 of those in my sidebar) are No-Follow (You will see why that's bad below)
4. Of course a permalink lasts forever.
(Update : Google Don't Like People Selling Links)

Links And Comments


Get Free Backlinks bloggerNow were are into the heart of how Do-Follow came to exist, lets look at this example :

If i go to your blog and leave a comment i am asked to leave my Name, sometimes i have to provide my Email and i have the option to add my URL i add the URL to my blog.

(I know blogger works differently we will go into that in a minute).

I add all this information and write my comment.The comment is now there for all to see and my name or nickname is beside the comment.

What if i click on my name beside the comment ? - It leads to the URL i provided when filling out the comment form and that URL is my blog address so it leads to my blog.

So hold on..My name beside the comment is a link to my blog..that means their is a link to my blog on another site..that means i have got a back link just by commenting..

In most cases No !

All blogging platforms have the default comments as no-follow.This means that when Google crawl that blog they come to the comment section and are told not to index the links in the comments.So although i left a comment and there is a link to my blog on the page it will not count as a badge or a recommendation it will count as nothing.

And it's not only comments that can be No-Follow i could add a small piece of code to make every link on this blog No-Follow ! And one of the biggest websites online has already done this, do you know what one ?

Wikipedia

Almost every link on wikipedia in No-Follow - So you could have a million links to your blog from Wikipedia and while it may bring you some traffic it will not help your blogs page rank or search result rank.To be fair Wikipedia was becoming a spammers heaven and they had to take action to put off the spammers.And the fact that making the entire site No-Follow stopped a lot of spammers just shows you how important backlinks are.

Back to the No-Follow comments, when people come to my blog i want them to leave comments we all love comments.So as an incentive i have changed my comment section from No-Follow to Do Follow, now if you leave a comment here when Google crawl my blog they will pick up your link and it will be a recommendation from me for your blog.I get more comments and i get to help the readers of my blog..Great !

I personally believe all comments should be Do-Follow because it builds a better sense of community and Bloggers helping Bloggers.Changing your blog to Do-Follow couldn't be easier so with that in mind we will get to the first tutorial.

An Update Post - 19 months after theis post was published some of my opinions changed leading to a follow up to this post you should check out - An Updated Look At Do-Follow And No-Follow Comments

The steps to make your Blog Do-Follow


Step 1. Click 'Layout 'Edit Html' Tick the 'Expand Widget Templates' Box


Blogger layout

edit html blogger

Expand widget templates blogger


Step 2. Find the following piece of code in your blogs html :
(Click 'CTRL and F' for a search bar to help find the code)

<data:comment.author/>


Step 3. Directly before the code you found you will see the following code :

<a expr:href='data:comment.authorUrl' rel='nofollow'>


Step 4. Simply remove the no in nofollow so it looks like this :

<a expr:href='data:comment.authorUrl' rel='follow'>


Once you have made that change save your template and your blog is now a Do-Follow Blog.
I will give you 7 Do-Follow image codes (including the one at the top of the post) to display on your blog at the bottom of the this post so you can let people know your blog is Do-Follow.

Don't Link To Your Profile


So you now understand how No-Follow and Do-Follow work and you know that leaving comments on Do-Follow blogs will go a long way to helping your blog, but apart from changing your blog to Do-Follow what more can you do with this information.

First and this is Huge !

When you comment on a Blog hosted on blogger like this one, you usually comment using your Blogger / Google user name, most of the time you are already logged in and your user name is showing on the drop down menu as mine is below :



If you leave a comment with your Blogger / Google user name then the link when your name beside your comment is clicked will be to your Blogger profile not your blog !

So your profile is getting the back link and that's no good.

But this can be avoided, every time you leave a comment on a Blogger blog use the Name/URL option :

Click the arrow on the Drop down menu and choose Name/URL as shown below :



And fill in your name or nickname along with your Blogs URL as i did below and click continue:



Now write your comment and you have created a backlink for your blog.

When you comment on any blog using a different comment system make sure you add you blog address.

Don't Be Fooled


And now we get to the part were we have to be careful because while all the bloggers including myself changed to Do-Follow to help the regular readers and to reward people that took the time to comment we are also opening up a portal for spam.

Lets face it if you could find a thousand Do-Follow blogs and leave a comment on each one, you have just created a thousand backlinks to your blog.

That is why almost all Do-Follow blogs use comment moderation - your comment wont appear until it has been approved.

So if you went to a thousand blogs and simply commented 'nice post' the chances are 990 of those comments will not be approved and you will have wasted a lot of time.I'm not saying that every person that just writes 'nice post' is a spammer in fact i have had people who have left that exact comment on this blog and commented as 'Anonymous' so they did not even leave their URL to get a back link.

The Do-Follow Road Trip


That's a good introduction to building backlinks from commenting.Most bloggers don't mind if the only reason you went to their blog was to leave a comment and create a backlink as long as you actually read the post you are commenting on, and leave a comment that is on the topic of the post and actually adds something to the conversation.

So were you to comment on this post instead of writing

"Good info"

Try to show you have read the post and of course Big Up the author, how about this :

"I wasn't sure about Do-Follow and how it works thanks for taking the time to explain it in more detail.I have not yet changed my blog to Do-Follow but thanks to this post i will seriously consider it now - Thanks John"

You have shown that you at least looked at the main points of the post and you have done something every blogger loves - You praised them, lets face it we are all vein and love to be told how great we are.If you tell a blogger in detail how much you liked their post your comment wont be waiting for approval for too long.

Finding Do Follow Blogs


Your probably thinking wouldn't it be great if there was a list of Do Follow blogs ?

It's all about supply and demand and to that end their are hundreds if not thousands of lists of do follow blogs.In fact their are people trying to sell systems that will submit comments to Do Follow blogs for you.
(Don't touch them they are not able to submit to blogs with word verification and we all know the automated messages)

Should you use a list and go on a Do Follow Road Trip ?

I will actually say it : Yes - Some time when you have an hour to spare Go find a list of do follow blogs and start leaving comments !

But be Very - Very - Very careful what list you use and Don't use a list were you have to provide your Email in order to get the list, there are lots of lists freely available just Google 'List of Do Follow blogs'

How to make sure your comment is approved or not deleted


Make sure to at least scan through the post
Leave a comment that relates to the topic of the post
Make your comment a minimum of 3 sentence's
In the 'Name' section use your actual name and not your blog name

This was supposed to be a normal post but it has almost turned into an Ebook, i felt i needed to share this information with people new to the weird and wonderful world of being a Blogger.

As always if you keep posting quality content to your blog it will have more of an effect than all the links in the world.Whats the point in working so hard to get people to your blog if there is nothing for them to see when they get there ?

We have covered a lot of points in this post and if i lost you at any stage just let me know, the important thing and the point behind Spice Up Your Blog is that nobody gets left behind.

I would be interested in knowing how much you knew about the topics covered in this post and i would love to know if you made the change to Do Follow ?

You Comment I Follow Images


As promised if you changed your blog to Do-Follow you will want to let people know so i have 6 images you can use below.

Simply copy the code under the image and place it on your blog.If you would like to put the image directly above the comment area you will see how in this post : Replace Post A Comment With And Image.Or you can add it to your sidebars by pasting the code into a Html/Javascript gadget.Simply click Design > Add A Gadget > Choose Html/Javascript and paste in the code then save.

Image 1.

This Is A Do-Follow Blog
Image 1 Code.



Image 2.

This Is A Do-Follow Blog

Image 2 code.



Image 3.

This Is A Do-Follow Blog

Image 3 Code.



Image 4.

This Is A Do-Follow Blog

Image 4 code.



Image 5.

This Is A Do-Follow Blog

Image 5 code.



Image 6.

This Is A Do-Follow Blog

Image 6 code.



Image 7.

This Is A Do-Follow Blog

Image 7 code.



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209 comments:

  1. Really nice images! I think I am going to steal the red one. backlinks are getting harder to find, with a lot of blogs going back to nofollow. However, there have been a few new lists created recently of mostly do-follow blogs - and I do as you said and just spend 20-30minutes commenting on most of them.

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  2. Say Thanks John. Reading your post about Do-Follow explained a lot more in detail how to set up our blogs. As we read, we changed our blog to Do-Follow just by following the steps you listed without any problem. Thanks again for writing this post.

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  3. Thanks for your comments,

    This was a hard one to word and explain,

    @Tom, When i started this blog i did use a list of D-Follows to build some backlinks but as you say its hard find a good up to date list.

    @John, I glad you made the change make sure to use an image or some text to inform your readers your blog is now Do-Follow.

    Paul.

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  4. hey paul
    Nice blog you have on blogger...

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  5. Thanks for the comments,

    Delighted you got somthing new from the post,

    Paul.

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  6. Great simple to understand explanation of how DoFollow and backlinks work. Very helpful stuff. : )

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  7. Great post! I actually just found your site via a search for "reply to comment on blogger". This post is super informative and I have changed my blog to a do-follow. I would love to put a button on my site, like the ones you have, but I find the button's text (or maybe the concept?) confusing. Meaning, if I put a "u comment, i follow" graphic up, that says to me that if someone comments on my blog, that I personally will follow THEIR blog in return. Which would be very hard and inconvenient. Any suggestions?

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  8. @Kelliegonzo - You could add a message in text something like 'These comments are do-follow when you comment it helps your blogs Google rank'.You could add it to the bottom of the posts or in the same section as i have the facebook like icon above the comment form : http://www.spiceupyourblog.com/2010/12/facebook-like-button-blogger-comments.html

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  9. Good post, I added one of your images to my site (incl.link), just below my top commentator section, a plug-in I can advize everyone to use. I have discussed this topic as well in one of my free eBooks as it is really great to generate comments on your site and keep the traffic going !

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  10. Amazing post i learned so much from just one post.

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  11. Very informative article. I was actually posted lot of comments. But i was not aware of moderation and i was not checking back on status of my link. Thanks for the information on giving link back idea on blogger. I was earlier selecting profile not my url. Thanks once again.

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  12. Thank you good sir! I am a fairly new blogger, and I am still improving my writing ability, and trying to make my blog an overall better blog! I am sure that these tips have helped my blog more than I know already, and I have changed my blog to Do Follow as well. I believe that as a community we should help each other as fellow writers and I feel that even though my blog is not very widespread, if I ever reached those goals, I would do my best to help bloggers that are getting their legs up and give them the inspiration that you have given me, to press on and be the best blogger I can be. So sorry for the lengthy comment, but Thanks!

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  13. @Benjamin -I'm gad you enjoyed the post and have learned from it, i love long comments and opinions so keep it up :) Good luck with your blog going forward, your willing to learn and that's an important step to success..

    Paul

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  14. Thanks for sharing these info with us! I was reading something similar on another website that i was researching. I will be sure to look around more. thanks…

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  15. wow, sangat bagus infonya. kalau berkesempatan saya akan ikut cara ni nanti. terima kasih ya

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  16. I enjoy reading your blog, the content is valuable to me. Excellent tips and techniques, thanks.

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  17. Great Blog! This post is very informative and interesting as well. Thanks for sharing that kind of post with all of us.

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  18. That's great information! Thank you for your generosity. I don't know if I want to change yet, but at least I know what to do.

    Personally I think I need to work on more interesting posts before I do all that extra work. I don't want to make money off blogging. I just want readers of our writings.

    My husband and I have a Christian blog together. We think it would be exciting to spark the readers interests with our writings. We write for personal encouragement.

    Okay, now I got too chatty...lol! I do that allot...teehee!

    Thanks Again!

    Mrs. A

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  19. I have spent more time reading your posts then I have anywhere else that I have gone to find help for my blog. I have followed you everywhere that I can.! Your information is so very easy to understand. A million thank-you's from this newbie ;)
    This article is just another of many that is easy to understand and navigate. I have now become a do follow blog! But I do agree with @Kelliegonzo about bloggers thinking we will follow their blog. Not sure I understand your *fix* for this

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  20. @Cindy - Thanks for your nice comment, i do my best to make the tutorials easy to follow for everyone.When it comes to people making the mistake thinking you will follow them there is not much you can do.Stick with your blogging and you will be schocked at what you could have achieved by next Christmas..

    Paul.

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  21. This is by far the longest post I've ever read, its full with good information, and also i just changed my blog to do-follow, i had a hard time choosing from do-follow and no-follow, this post really made me realize

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  22. "Bloggers helping bloggers" - "Nobody gets left behind"
    Hi Paul, i have noted those two quotes from your blog because you are indeed helping and encouraging others bloggers. These informations are very helpful. I do follow every directions you suggested. I am proud to be as do-follow blogger. Thanks a million!

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  23. Hello Paul,
    I have been looking for something just like this for almost a year (clearly, I am not all that good at research). Thank you for your generosity with your knowledge.
    I have made the change from 'nofollow' to 'follow', but am just now getting the images installed on my blog.
    Richard

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  24. Dear Paul,
    Thank you for helping us with less aptitude for these sorts of things. I have chosen image #6 to install on my blog main page. I have to admit, I am afraid of doing something wrong. Where exactly in the HTML edit page do I place this code?
    Thanks again from myself and all of us you have helped.
    Richard

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  25. Hello, Paul;
    Guess I did it wrong. I posted the code in the HTML code page, but nothing showed up on the home page.

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  26. very interesting infos here on this blog. thanks

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  27. @ Richard - Did you paste the code into a Html/Javascript gadget not your template html ? I have updated the post with more instructions that should help.

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  28. Thank you so much for sharing this information I really enjoy reading it and its give me more ideas and tips in how dofollow blogs work..great post its very nice and valuable..

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  29. thnaks for nice article ,now i know how to do dofollow blog commenting

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  30. Thank you so much. I have Do-Follow blogs now. I like the images. They spice up my blogs too. Your blog is a wealth of useful info. I am so glad to know that I have to write my Name/URL in the Comment to get links to my blogs. You've been a great help!

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  31. Great article. This really helps beginner like me understand how linking and back-linking works. Thanks very much for this info.

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  32. Wow, I actually never noticed that blogger defaults to a "nofollow" comment section. I guess that doesn't surprise me since Google is a search company trying to keep their engine clean. Anyway, thanks for the post and the useful information. I'll be coming back here frequently and most likely adding your blog to my "useful links" section.

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  33. Great Article, thanks for sharing..

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  34. This is the best article by far I have read about links on blog. I did read your blog for the very first time and I will be back and tell my friends. Thank you, keep up the good work and happy new year.

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  35. i'm still a bit blur on this. but thank you for this... i'll try it..

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  36. That's really a great post which can enable to increase traffic on your site. I like this post.
    keep it up.

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  37. terrific this fun..more dofollow list..thanks for sharing this article..great post

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  38. I think the Do Follow in regard to comments is a great way to get backlinks, but I have a question for you. Since Google also wants a blog or site to have more inbound/internal links (links to other pages within one's own blog) than external/outbound links, can't the Do Follow comment links have a negative effect with Google? If someone has a LOT of comments, that's also a lot of outbound links on one page, so isn't Google going to not like that?

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  39. This isn't working for me. If I post a link on a comment on my blog to one of my other blogs, I am still returning rel="nofollow" when I check the page source. Any ideas why this would happen?

    -M

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  40. First of all backlinks are so much important for every website.If we can find do follow backlinks then it can more easy to get high rank on Google.Do follow blogs are one of the best way to get do follow backlinks.But to find do follow blogs is not a easy task.
    I am thankful to you to share such a great list of do follow blog list with us.I hope this list ll do help of all webmasters or link builders.But I request to all webmasters please don't try to spam these blogs.
    Anyway! Thanks for helping us.

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  41. there are lot of newbies in linkbuilder searching for this kind of blog that well help them understand how links and the important of dofollow bogs..great post..keep it up..thanks

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  42. Thank you for clearly laying out that information. I am going to be switching my blog over to have do follow links as well. It is interesting to note that the majority of comments I received on another one of my blogs with do-follow links were spam. Even though you are trying to promote a great ideal, usually it will be abused and make more work for the webmaster. Anyways, thanks for the tips!

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  43. SEO is so valuable, and this is quite possibly the best piece of advise out there. I had never even heard of backlinks until today, but you have me sold on them. Keep this top notch Optimization info coming!

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  44. I am still up in the air in the debate as to whether the benefits of "dofollow" are worth it, but I'll say one thing - dofollow blogs definitely tend to get more human activity rather than bots. The question then becomes one of whether the increased comments and activity ultimately increase or decrease the quantity and quality of traffic. Someone ought to do a case study on it.

    PS. I love the little comment graphic. Very unique!

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  45. Paul Crowe great post you give lot of information about this do follow blog..i really like your article..it's help me a lot to understand things like this stuff..linking and page rank..

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  46. Thanks for sharing this informative post, good work!

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  47. Thanks about this information, news is very new for me

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  48. thanks for the information.....unfortunately i can't find a single blog with active do follow comments.....I searched google....don't know what I'm doing wrong.....should i start commenting on do follow blogs with no follow links...help needed plz....email me at webinventa.samiya@gmail.com

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  49. @ Samiya - That's odd I'm always stumbling upon do-follow blog lists.Either way it's still a good idea to comment on as many blogs as you can when you have an opinion.I could list some here but it is very repetitive...

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  50. There are so many advantages of do follow blogs.First of all do follow links always helps to get high rank in SE.Second helps to improve website or blog's PR and traffic.But one more thing many webmasters not allowed do follow link back.So there are very less blog owners who allow do follow backlink.So never try to do spam their blogs.

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  51. I thinks its a best idea to get so many comments from this techniques.

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  52. I really like your informative and knowledgeable blog.
    Its really looks great to me.
    Thanks for sharing great and informative post.
    keep it up.

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  53. I had never heard of this before now, so this was a pretty interesting read!

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  54. Thanks for sharing do follow list....really nice post

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  55. Thanks for the help and insights I see your blog is doing well so you know what you’re talking about, cheers

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  56. Nice post This post is very informative and interesting as well. Thanks for sharing that kind of post with all of us.

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  57. Thank you for clearly laying out that information. I am really gonna follow the steps that you have give here. I will make my blog now a do follow. Thanks for such a useful info ...

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  58. THANKS FOR THE CLEAR INFORMATION. THANK YOU VERY MUCH

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  59. Wow! What a wonderful education I got regarding comments. Thank you
    for providing spice up your blog. Just the name says it all.

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  60. Excellent information! Even though my blog uses WP, the post was first class!
    Although I already 'knew' some of the information - putting together like this really focuses the mind.

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  61. Thanks I used the red one. Now if only I could figure out how to add the comment to my blog. That one is harder to do.

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  62. I think that is a need which should be delivered to all commentators.
    Thanks for sharing excellent knowledge with us.

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  63. This has been very useful and aided me into getting a good load of backlinks!

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  64. Backlinks are so much important to get high rank as well as to get huge traffic.We can say we do link building work to get only backlinks.But we should always focus only on quality backlinks.Quality backlinks are those who have high PR,do follow and must be relevant to your website.
    Thanks for a awesome article with great knowledge.

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  65. i feel it's unfair on new bloggers to not let them know some of the little tricks others are doing to give their Blog a Boost.

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  66. I decided to make my blog as a dofollow to increase backlinks and link building

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  67. Hi to everybody. Pepole thinking different and also different are the posts they made. In german we say to this:"otza glotza und aber eben mit einem f" but by the way. your blog rocks really and from time to time i put some of your post to my facebook. keep going budy

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  68. Thank's and i will keep this, it's realy importn for me

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  69. Blog commenting in dofollow sites are really effective for good SEO ranking.

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  70. This is a massive list. Also when you link to dofollow links the higher the PR ranking the better the quality of the link. Google picks up quality as opposed to volume cheers.

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  71. I admire the valuable information you offer in your articles. I will bookmark your blog and will share it with my friends. I am quite sure they will learn lots of new stuff here than anybody else.

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  72. You made several good points there. I did a search on the subject and found a good number of people will go along with
    with your post.

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  73. good information for search engine optimizer..

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  74. I always appreciate this kind of post , very informative thanks for share.

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  75. As a web enthusiast, i found this post worth reading. xpecting kinda post which help me to know more about Adsense and seo.

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  76. Sooo many useful hints there! Actually, an important one for me was simply realising that the comments default was linking to my profile. Useless! Now I know how to do it right, thanks to you.

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  77. Awesome Post Man, I found a couple of posts from google about Do-Follow but they weren't in detail. It seemed as those bloggers were trying to hide many things from readers. You selflessly posted each and every thing. Thanks a lot.

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  78. you are right, we should still use the do-follow as it is logical to give credit to those people who had taken up the time to write a comment and share their views. Spammers are most of the time blocked by the plugins and even if it is not, it can easily be identified. Btw, those "do-follow" images are nice... :)

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  79. I just now wanted to let you know how much I appreciate every thing you’ve provided

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  80. First off, thank you very much for the information you provide on this site. Regarding this post, does it not have the same effect (in making your blog 'do follow') if you simply delete "rel='nofollow'" from your blogger template code? I am not very familiar with instructing search engines through code, but that made sense to me when I did it a while back. I'd hate to think I have been incorrectly calling myself "do-follow" when I am actually not.

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  81. Very useful information on this site and i will keep coming back to read your excellent posts.

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  82. This is a great post,and just 1 of many that ive read on here in the last few days! Lots of help for new bloggers,thank you :)

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  83. Thanks! Your website was very helpful. I changed my blog to a "Follow" blog. I hope this helps my Google ranking.

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  84. thanks its very helpfull i am looking for it thanks

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  85. Thanks for giving me chance for commenting on your blog and provide great article.

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  86. Thanks for the info on getting do-follow backlinks. Trying to learn more about blog commenting and how to best go about it, your article helped!

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  87. Hmm... so let me try this another way since you never responded to my question above:

    rel="follow" is meaningless. It is not recognized by Google or other SEs. It will still have the appropriate effect, I suppose, by removing the "nofollow" aspect of links where the code was previously... but there is no reason to be teaching folks improper html / xtml attributes.

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  88. @ cbeck - Every single link on every single web page is followed unless the rel="nofollow" attribute is added.So if you have a link on your blog, search engines are going to follow it.For that reason there actually is no such thing as rel="follow".There is no situation were you have to tell a crawler to follow a link, it will follow it anyway.The only way you can influence a crawlers behaviour is by telling it not to follow by adding the nofollow attribute.

    So no bad code for folks (As in the other thousands of helpful posts i have online) just straight genuine information.

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  89. Hi Paul, thanks for clearing that up. What you said: [For that reason there actually is no such thing as rel="follow"] is exactly what I was getting at. What I meant by bad code- I was just referring to the code rel="follow" which is what following your instructions above will result in (i.e., step 4). It is possible that readers new to the web could be confused into thinking "follow" is a valid attribute (or even required) for search engines without the clarification. Though I am somewhat biased by the confusion over it I have observed on various forums and mail lists.

    For the record, I wasn't trying to suggest you are intentionally steering folks wrong or anything, as I think you are providing a lot of really good information through your site, and it is obvious you put a lot of time into it.

    Cheers ~cbeck

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  90. I totally agree with your tips and I recommend to use them, just keep your useful posts like this coming..thanks

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  91. Great post! Just begun blogging and have no idea on what PR is yet. This post was a good start=)

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  92. Hey Paul great post! I subscribe to your Newsletters and was reading the latest one on how Google has changed their Page Rank philosophy somehow clicking through your links I landed here.

    Have you tried Google Analytics for your blog? I'm not sure if you have covered that, but if not, could you? :) We already have that in place, but I don't know how to derive useful information from there, or how relevant is one info from the other!

    Totally love your writing! :)

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  93. Thank you so very much for this post, Paul! I'm a newbie blogger and nowhere else could I find such great step by step instructions as on your blog. I've already added my favicon to all my sites and today I made all my 8 blogs "do follow" plus pix. What a great thing this is.

    I love writing comments, something really relevant, not just "nice post" or "well done". And now we can even be rewarded with the all important backlinks if we go to the "do follow" sites and comment there nicely. Thank you again, I doubt very much that I could have advanced in blogging that fast without you! :)

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  94. Hola Bro, im back.. about DO FOLLOW matters... i WANT IT BADLY! but from some rummours on web, it said that if we do that (change "no follow" to "do follow") could make our blog banned by blogger.

    Is it true??? Pls reply.. i really need a trustfull info source. And i trust You, Bro.. ^^

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  95. Hi i may be wrong, but according to my soeQuake plug-in for Firefox your comment links are showing as no follow? plug-in show no follow links with line through

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  96. Thankful for your blog,which helps this new blogger. I did this!:)

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  97. Thanks so much for all your help. I just started on here a while ago and your tips have been invaluable. Keep up the great work!

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  98. I’ll have to say, you always have some great research.

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  99. Cheers Paul for this article, I just didn't realise there were so many ways in which you can achieve back-links. I've been blogging for over a year and am still learning more every day. Your blog is my favourite - keep up the terrific work!

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  100. @ Alwyn - Thanks for your kind words I'm glad you enjoyed the post.

    @ Parking Sign - The comments are no longer do follow, when i wrote the post 18 months ago they were and were until about 4 months ago.I think once your blog is established you need to switch back or you would spend half the day sorting through spam.

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  101. Wow this is some useful info! I had no idea about follow and no follow! As you see I have learned something (commenting with url for the first time!), now I am going to change the setting of my comment section.
    I was wondering, what about blogrolls? do those links in fellows blogger blogrolls count?

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  102. This is such a helpful post. You've clearly really intended to help newbies, and I am glad you did right this post anyway even if others may not regard it too highly because it is so helpful to people like new to building traffic and blogs who want to understand more about SEO and backlinks. Thank you!

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  103. Wow,,,,, It is a admiring post relevant to its content and the point of discussion is very nice and quite informative,, people can take the guidence as well help to be fruitful by this post and sharing that you have done in this content, i like this blog... :)

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  104. Quote "I personally believe all comments should be Do-Follow because it builds a better sense of community and Bloggers helping Bloggers."

    interesting to see your comments are set to rel="nofollow"

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  105. @ Anonymous - I have edited this post about 20 times since it was published 18 months ago, at any time i could have just removed that line.I left it there because it shows things change and opinions change as we learn.When i wrote this post i thought all comments being do-follow would be great, but linking to for example on this post over 100 pages through the comments does not now make sense.

    It's simple for a new blog or growing blog do-follow is a valid way to entice comments, when established it just attracts spam.I currently log in every day to about 50 new comments, usually 30 are spam and that's with no-follow.Could you imagine if the comments were do-follow ? I could realistically see 200 spam comments every day, especially when you see articles like this - http://www.webpronews.com/why-seo-disgusts-me-2011-06.

    I hope that answers your question and i have been working on an update to this post.

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  106. I have little-bit problem, if we use "OpenID" when we commenting, then its a backlink or its not a backlink?

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  107. Thanks for all the information on back-links. We are working daily to increase them and your blog has help us a lot. :)

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  108. This is the useful post...and contents are so good....Good to post here..good thinking to share here..nice one this..thanks for sharing here with us.

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  109. Thanks, for the tip, i've already changed the code to "follow"

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  110. Yeah I was wondering the same thing as PC Tricks, is OpenID a backlink? I guess having a link to your Blogger profile is better than nothing, at least it might creat a couple of page views. Thanks for the interesting article.

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  111. As you mentioned be dofollow is a must for those who want to improve the positioning on the web, but also has its advantages and disadvantages, however is a good initiative

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  112. Thanks for the help! I have to say, SUYB is by far my favorite "how to" blog. It's been a great source of info for my foster dog blog!

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  113. Hi Paul .. this article is intersting to be shared with us about building backlinks. More backlinks come to your way..

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  114. Great post here! thanks for sharing.

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  115. thanks john,its great,say chizzzzzzzzzz

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  116. amazing post..n pretty stylish images...i must say that dis is the first ever blog post i've ever read..just coz i felt that i will be helpful and yes i think that it would surely help my blog a lot..thanks buddy :)

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  117. The construction of backlinks is an essential part of a website but also the internal optimization of the site is very important, no doubt very significant information that helps us so I too was very useful

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  118. great post thanks! i was trying to change my blog to dofollow, but i was unable to find this in the html of my blog. (I downloaded a free template from your site, namely the Celeste style). So does this mean that my blog is already dofollow?

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  119. I still don't get it. does you comment i follow means i have to follow a person who leaves a comment? :O

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  120. nice info, thank you
    I'll try it in my blog
    :D

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  121. I agree, many thanks to the author. Thanks for taking the time to share this,Great blog post. Thanks..
    http://www.performanceinsiders.com/

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  122. Thanks for this post I just changed my blog to DOFOLLOW.

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  123. Hi Paul, for some reason the option to display a url link to my site is not there, any ideas?

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  124. Thanks for the great information and a very great article also very informative. Thanks
    Keep Posting

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  125. your entire blog is great, but i especially liked this post. i converted my blog and will find the do-follow list....keep up the great work!

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  126. Great info, as a blogger newbie, i had try on this step. Do take a look @ my site and leave your comments! Thanks (^~^)

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  127. Well, this seems appropriate, my first ever comment on another's blog! Thank you very much. I'm trying to get our company's site up the ranks for search engine results - it seems to be increasingly difficult. It used to be that if you blogged regularly using keywords in the blog text that was enough. Not any more. Esp. with the arrival of Google Places - with the ads at the top then Google Places, the very top of the 'natural' listings now are are the bottom of page one. Tough going. I shall keep learning and I have found your information so very useful, THANK YOU (a big thank you). I'll be back for more tips...
    Speaking of which, if I re-publish a blog with a few edits and a new date, does it count as a 'new' one (as far as the spiders go?). Also, when I looked how to sign this - and checked a few times, I wasn't sure so have put it as 'openID' with my URL there - is this right? Ahhh, all such a minefield for a newbie! It sidn't work so I've put my Google ID, but can't put my URL. Ahhh, because you're now 'no follow' I guess? In any event, thanks and all the best, Polly Harrison, Matt Wain Photography

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  128. I believe that as a community we should help each other as fellow writers and I feel that even though my blog is not very widespread,

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  129. Thanks for sharing the benefit of your experience and knowledge. I am quite new to blogging and it is a steep learning curve. I had never heard of the follow/nofollow, so this was a very educational post for me.

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  130. It is looking as a good movement, hope to get some benefit out of it.

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  131. A link on this PR 2 post can earn a PR 1. Lets see:)

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  132. I think I finally understand this follow/nofollow business. I will "follow" your instructions and add a logo. Thanks!

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  133. I understand the value of dofollow. It is so difficult to find quality list.

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  134. Very good Following and blog optimizing tip

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  135. I had never heard of the follow/nofollow, so this was a very educational post for me.

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  136. Nice do follow images, especially No. 7. Good article, with relevant information...

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  137. The post is written in very a good manner and it entails many useful information for me. I am happy to find your distinguished way of writing the post. Now you make it easy for me to understand and implement the concept. Thank you for the post.

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  138. Thanks for the tips. We'll try to implement this on our site (we're wedding photographers).

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  139. I agree with you. This post is truly inspiring. I like your post and everything you share with us is current and very informative, I want to bookmark the page so I can return here from you that you have done a fantastic job ...

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  140. Thanks very helping information

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  141. Thanks again I did not even know about do follow until I read this article , You give a lot I promise to help others when I can !

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  142. Cool Post topic, Good to see someone helping out the little guys.

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  143. Thanks, this was informative :)

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  144. Brillant idea. I will tell my friends, cousin and family on your great post. Hope we will have a chance to explore this info. :: //*-*// *0*

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  145. You really know your stuff... Keep up the good work!

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  146. Excellent post man! Very useful.

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  147. I actually read your whole post lol...

    about the dofollow blog lists...you can also double check if the blog is actually dofollow by opening up the page scource and searching for dofollow. This takes some knowledge about HTML and CSS though. However, if the blog is heavily moderated, it's almost for certain that it's a dofollow blog.

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  148. I am following your website frequently and got great details. I really like the guidelines you have given. Thanks a lot for giving. Will be mentioning a lot of associates about this. Keep blogging...

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  149. I'm just started blogging and i always read words about "backlinks' but your post is the most informative, now i understand what backlinks is all about...thank you sir

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  150. I have been tweaking my blog according to what i have learned from this blog, so when i learned about SEO, this blog comes to mind. i have learned a lot about the dofollow stuff, i just changed my blog to it and even added the icon. thanks again. i'll be back for more. ~ the Best Kuya

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  151. Great information! I’ve been looking for something like this for a while now. Thanks.

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  152. Great information, this will help others escape the rat race.

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  153. This is agreat point to bring up. I offer the thoughts above as general inspiration but clearly there are questions like theone you bring up where the most important thing will be working in honest good faith.

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  154. Thank you for this very helpful article. I have found it quite useful.

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  155. I am a newbie blogger. All i knew was how to write. I hardly understand the terms such as backlinks, writing seo keywords. Everything was coming to me fast. I seemed at a loss somewhere. Thanks to blogger friends who have helped me with my queries and thanks to great blogs such as yours which really helped me understand my queries lately: make my comment section "dofollow" and how would it effect my ranking/traffic.

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  156. Super super thanks i found this site/blog post. Will surely changed my comment section later today:)

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  157. Thanks for the great info,

    I already changed my site to Do follow! and what if i am having facebook comment box? will this have the same effect?

    Thanks.

    PS: I really love your social sharing codes, May you please share with us the codes?

    Thanks, Greetings from Africa

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  158. Thanks for the great info,

    I already changed my site to Do follow! and what if i am having facebook comment box? will this have the same effect?

    Thanks.

    PS: I really love your social sharing codes, May you please share with us the codes?

    Thanks, Greetings from Africa

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  159. Thanks for the great info,
    I already changed my site to Do follow! and what if i am having facebook comment box? will this have the same effect?
    Thanks.

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  160. I think I took most of it in, and I've bookmarked your site so I can re-reference it. Big thanks for making it fairly easy for newcomers like me. I have not yet changed my blog to Do-Follow but now I will, and use one of your images to communicate the fact. Again, thanks.

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  161. very helpful and useful information, thanks to suggest, i'm gonna implement..

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  162. Can you explain how to generate a pagerank backlinks to a blog, thanks.

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  163. very long post and hard to understand for newbies like us

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  164. Thank for sharing this article. There are a lot of useful criteria for implementing

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  165. Informative and helpful posting and i really enjoy your article.

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  166. Thanks,....Most do follow blogs are moderated. So of course and it’s always best to read the post thoroughly so as to understand what’s being said. Then post a significant comment,.;

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  167. I had to refresh the page 2 times to view this page for some reason, however, the information here was worth the wait.

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  168. hmmmmmm, You made several good points there. I did a search on the subject and found a good number of people will go along with
    with your post and many thanks..

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  169. What should we do if we vote and the number of votes does not increase, I would be waiting for your kind information, many thanks

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  170. Thank You For this Great Information. But I Guess making a Blog Do-Follow will take away my PageRank. Wont it? Because Maybe i am linking to Spammy Blogs as well??

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  171. Thanks for very well explained info

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  172. Thanks Man! This is the first place where actually i have learned in detail about blog commenting part of link building. Lot of my questions and doubts are now clear.

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  173. Very nice information. Thank you for sharing

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  174. Thanks a lot for this great, and long long post :D I couldn't read all of it in one go. It explains a lot about backlinks, and I agree with you if you're commenting for a backlink you should at least give the post a quick scan and leave a positive comment.
    Tanks again for the valuable information.

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  175. Actually a lot of factors that can increase the page rank of a site, is certainly the content of these sites.The uniqueness and the link with our site

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