Ultimate Tag Warrior SEO Tricks (pt 1)

 

On my blogs, I prefer not to use nofollow for comments and trackback.

It is my belief that if someone adds to the conversation on my blogs, the least I can do is offer them a backlink for their trouble.
I prefer people to write a post about me than to add me to their blogroll. I know a blogroll link theoretically gives me more Google Juice, but if they give 200 people a blogroll link, suddenly the value of that link from every page is greatly deminished.

It is much better to have noone in your blogroll, and just write about what your friends are doing. If you really want to have a list of blogs belonging to friends, either link to them using nofollow, or stick the links on a seperate “friends” page.

The problem with using something like a dofollow plugin is that the more comments you get on a popular post, the more pagerank is sucked away from your domain. Giving an active followable link is friendly, but you should be careful optimizing your site so that not all your pagerank disappears from kindness.

Here is one trick I hinted at that allows you to grow the number of internal links on a page, depending on the number of comments that have been posted.

I should point out I am not a programmer, so I am sure there are more optimized ways of doing this.
I am using a plugin for code display, I have no idea how it will look in a feed reader.



<?php
$ab_seo_tags = 10;
$ab_num_com = get_comments_number($id);
if ($ab_num_com > 0)
{
echo $ab_num_com . " comments!" . "<br />";
$ab_seo_tags = $ab_seo_tags + ( $ab_num_com * 4 );
echo $ab_seo_tags . " tags should be shown" . "<br />";
}
?>
<?php UTW_ShowWeightedTagSetAlphabetical("coloredsizedtagcloud","",$ab_seo_tags) ?>

It is very simple code, but I will break it down anyway.

First of all I set a default number of tag links to display, in this case 10
I then use a function call to discover the current number of comments
If there isn’t any comments, only the default number of links will be used
If the number of comments is above a threshhold, then additional links are added, in my case any above 0, but this could be set to a higher number depending on other optimization used.
The echos are just to demonstrate how this is working.
A simple math function adds an additional 4 tags for every new comment to the post

Finally a call is made to Ultimate Tag Warrior, requesting a specific number of tags to be shown.

More complicated code could be created to achieve all kinds of “dynamic dynamic linking”

Just because you allow someone a backlink, does not mean you have to give away all your pagerank to other websites. Most blogs are giving no backlinks at all, and quite often focus pagerank on stupid areas of their site. I am working towards focusing more pagerank on my content, but that doesn’t mean I have to then give it all away.

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Comments

  1. says

    Interesting, was looking for something like this but I don’t get the picture how it is working. So after submitting this comment I might see how it will look. Let’s see.

  2. Andy Beard says

    Hi Jim

    There are obviously extreme examples, and having 300 comments on one page is a fairly extreme example.

    If you combine paging of your comments with some kind of dynamic dynamic linking, you will see some benetit.

    Also you can increase other elements on the page, such as recent posts, popular posts, related posts etc.

    If you are using nofollow for comments (as I see you are), then there is less to worry about.

    Depending on the type of blog however, you might get less trackbacks.

    I like your link to me plugin btw, I was going to add the code manually, but I might try the plugin approach.

  3. says

    Hi Andy,

    Just installed the code on my own blog. I will probably move ti down for the tags to appear below the comments box. Don’t you think it would be good a idea to hack “Related articles” plugin for the same purpose?

    • says

      There is no need to use a related articles plugin with UTW, it is a built in function.

      The only related post plugin I use is one to add the UTW related posts to my feed.

      I will do a recap post with various way to add internal linking that is related to your page.

  4. says

    Google will never disclose the real objective/usability of “nofollow” tag. If google declared that it doesnt follow “nofollow” tag, then it doesnt necessarily means that you can add a-d-u-l-t or any other links on your website using nofollow :(.

    Webmasters around the world believe in what google openly said in any conference (BLAH BLAH BLAH), but they never come to know what Google instructed their search operators/programmers behind the closed doors of their lavish offices ;).

    Its best to rely on personal experience and online blogs. Several webmaters are still lurking in dark over the exact functionality of nofollow attribute, and how does it actually behave when confronted with Google, Yahoo or MSN crawlers.

  5. says

    I came across your blog via your comment on Court’s blog. Great info here. Being a recovering geek (now in real estate), I love the minutiae of how the technology works and the tricks to make it work better for you. You gained a new RSS subscriber!

  6. says

    Andys information is usually spot on. I am a little late arriving to this post. I am wondering if the attitude is still the same regarding nofollow? I think that we might be seeing a resurgance of follow blogs now, it really is just a matter of monitoring your comments for quality. I think the rewards are worth the effort.

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