Get The Most From DoFollow | No Nofollow

So now people have calmed down a little from their running around like headless chickens leaving comments on every blog they could find that used Dofollow, and then linking through to unrelated content, lets start looking at how to link a little more strategically.

Armen has One Stupidly Simple SEO Tip to give you.

Actually I have been discussing these techniques for months giving myself all kinds of deep links from comments to highly related content. I linked to one good article from Armen’s post in the comments, and there are some free ebooks available that tell you lots and lots about linking, affiliate marketing etc.

Deep links are very important for domains with lots of content. If you can get one or 2 links to every article you write on your blog, that is going to help build up a very strong profile for the Google algorithms, and by linking through to good related content, you are much more likely to get people linking though to you, because you give them a reason to do it.

You need to leave more than “I’ve been writing about this too, here is my link”

Seriously links like that look automated, and I bet a few of the links that have been dropped on various meme sites are automated.

You are provided with a link box and that is what you should use for your links. You are not going to have perfect anchor text, but at least the links are highly relevant.

This will possibly get a little messed up by Top Commenter plugins, and definitely will cause some bugs with Avatars for MyBlogLog, but you will be providing much more useful content.

Interview With Vlad on Affiliate Marketing (includes Dofollow)

Fraser does some great podcast interviews about Affiliate Marketing and this time he interviewed Vlad. In some ways this is fun for me, because Vlad interviewed me by email recently, though not a podcast.
Vlad gives some good beginners tips for affiliate marketing and goes into detail about why he is such a strong supporter of DoFollow (and he mentions me a lot which is a good way to get links).

As I have already mentioned today, it is hard to see links to a top level domain when Technorati suggests you have had 60+ with the amount of memes going around that I didn’t actually join.
Link to some related content and it makes your link more useful, and if you link to someone’s post who has DoFollow, you are able to control the anchor text for the trackback.
Some backlinks can be quite powerful even with careful control of Google juice, and can give your link more relevance. I have some nice internal PR5 pages to link to such as my list of nofollow & dofollow plugins

Missing Out on Bumpzee Link Juice

Every part of bumpzee, unless a blog owner chooses otherwise, is followable links.

How much Link Juice are you missing out on by not joining?

The Bumpzee main community page is PR6 already and that filters down into the top communities, and through lots of smart linking.
Join some communities. Every community has a message board and if you are among the top contributors, you get a link that is most likely PR5.

With the No Nofollow community on Bumpzee already in the top 5 communities (and soon to take the 4th spot), it is guaranteed to get a good share of the link love.

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  1. says

    Andy – I cannot figure out bumpzee. I set up a group and I cant figure out how to get it active.

    Any Ideas?

    THank you

  2. says


    I believe you need three blogs in order for a community to be active.

    It is WELL WORTHED to get a link or two from you…lol

  3. says

    Andy I was visiting your site, read this and went off to visit BUMPzee. I hadn’t been there for a while and I think you’ve just discovered that I added a couple more of my sites to the Do Follow community. I also wrote an article about Bumpzee on my site WebStyle. I think it’s a fantastic social network with a lot of potential. Linkage being one huge bonus!

    Also, on one of your Do Follow posts I mentioned that I’d started a Do Follow Blogroll. You didn’t think that was the best idea, but in just two weeks the list has about 110 sites on it (I have more to add!) and many of the people on the list are visiting the sites and leaving useful valid comments. I love it. it’s working very well. It’s working the way I hoped it would.

    • says

      Yes and I made sure I included them straight away :)

      There is a difference between links, link exchanges and related deep links.

      I have gone into more detail by email.

  4. Audi says

    One side effect of not placing nofollow links will be getting lots of spam spiders and webmasters posting stuff on your valuable high PR post.

    • says

      It doesn’t increase automated spam, as I have been using dofollow on blogs for 2 years.

      It can affect manual spam, but I have a comments policy I enforce, and also tend to visit the blogs of people who leave comments.

      As an example I decided your anchor text was in breach of my comment policy, so you didn’t get a link.

  5. says

    It’s the third time I read this post and every time I learn something new about linking. Would you say is better to have 3 links in PR6 sites than 100 in PR2 blogs?

    • says

      You want to aim for links between relevant content, period

      If you get the links from high pagerank sites so much the better, because they will also probably give you a lot more traffic, but at the end of the day you want to aim for relevance of the content, and good anchor text.

  6. says

    I think I will just link to my archived NoFollow “label” page when I comment here from now on. In fact, I will just set up some main themed label links in my bookmark folder for easy access — copy and paste ‘em in.

    I don’t think targeting specific pages, relevant to the post or not, is a good idea. By the time you get into the commenting area the relevance around you is fractured; not as focused as the post above you. Plus there is the linking text issue too, which definitely has no relevance (unless your name changes from Rogain one day, then Veromax the next).

    If you keep it generalized (like label pages are) and concentrate on 5 or 6 main types of labels (or categories) that you post about often, you probably would be better off in the long run. Just keep pounding away at them and build the foundation — not the roof.

    As for PR of the page, I don’t even look at it. While PR may beget PR, I still see low ranked sites beating out higher ones in the SERPS all the time. Well except for the 800 pound gorillas of course (but that is another story). So PR, directly or indirectly, really has no bearing on things.

    Case in point. I went on 2 year hiatus, blog went to crap. No juice left. Come back, after a month I make one post about Serebro — it turned up number 14 out of 800k the next day (well with safe-search activated) Of course, if those girls were hot in the US … I wouldn’t be able to make that claim.

    • says

      I link to tag pages all the time for deep links, and they work the same as labels on Blogger.

      It is a great way of sharing just a little love to them from external links, and quite often they are more niched and have nice titles etc to help them rank.
      I do need to work on optimizing mine a little better, but I always and too busy doing other things.

      I still need to link through to your improved tutorial on removing nofollow from Blogger, as I did find it more useful than the previous one I linked to.

  7. azon says

    I have similar problems with my site Effectively, nofollow concentrates advertising commission onto a few very popular websites and acts against a fairer, diluted spread of commission income. The internet is now a much harder place for non-established link based business. Nice one google.


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