Banish Nofollow From Comments and Trackbacks
WordPress by default, just like other blogging platforms, has automatically been adding the “nofollow” microformat extension to all links from user generated content such as comments and trackbacks. To support the growing rejection of NoFollow for blog comments, I have compiled this list of plugins that help you remove nofollow from your blog forever.
Lucia’s Linky Love Plugin– I was going to liken this plugin to a Ferrari because it is built to be fast, but it is probably more like a Subaru, not just fast but designed for rugged terrain and can handle the twists and turns of comment spammers without slowing down.
- DoFollow – many looks on this as the granddaddy of NoFollow plugins – you just switch it on, and it works, all nofollows are removed from comments and trackbacks.
Dofollow (WP Plugin)– Sometimes I wish this one has been given a better more descriptive name. It includes the ability (optional) to remove nofollow from comments after a period of time. Link Love– this is a brand new plugin that removes nofollow after a certain number of comments have been made – this rewards regular commenters – one thing I like is that the detection is based upon email address and not domain or URL, so it allows a commenter to spread the links how they like. GoodLinks– This plugin looks extremely useful for many people who have layout problems when people post long URLs – it also removes NoFollow as an option Blank Target Comments– Another multi-purpose comment link plugin – it removes nofollow from only the comment author links, and adds target=”_blank” – no link because it doesn’t seem to be available for download anymore which is a shame. Remove Nofollow– Cristian Mezi from SeoPedia’s plugin – I am not sure of the history or features, but it is probably similar to the original DoFollow plugin. NoNofollow– Including this link for historical reasons – Bronski’s plugin doesn’t work with newer versions of WordPress, but credit where credit is due. WP-Nofollow– Again included for historical reasons – one of the first plugins for WP 1.2 based on the original MT plugin code.
For those that like hacking core files Rob has a simple guide to removing nofollow, though I prefer to avoid hacking any core files as it makes keeping WordPress up to date easier.
How to Remove Nofollow From Blogger / Blogspot
New Blogger Blogspot – Here is a guide on how to remove nofollow from your Blogspot blog using New Blogger for both comments and trackbacks.
You can also remove nofollow from Classic blogger that is published by FTP.
How to Remove Nofollow From Typepad
Mike Sansone created a simple step-by-step guide on How To Remove Nofollow From Typepad.
Fox Tucker has also come up with an interesting way to present links without nofollow on Typepad blogs.
How to Remove Nofollow From Moveable Type
How to remove Nofollow on Moveable Type – A Comprehensive guide to removing Nofollow from Moveable Type and Disable the Redirect.
This also referenced Removing the Redirect Link
Legacy link for Moveable Type and Nofollow (it wasn’t complete)
Some Plugins Not Included?
I did find a few other Nofollow plugins available, but they appear on sites that are using nofollow for links in their own comments, seemed to be copies of the same code others provided, or were just dead links, so I didn’t include them here.
If you want to do the opposite, and add NoFollow to certain types of links, here are some resources. There are some great and totally legitimate reasons you might want to do this.
Add Link Attribute– this plugin is incredibly powerful in the hands of someone who intends to control the flow of Google Juice around their site. Some links are purely navigational, or link to forms or other pages both on or off site that do not contain content. This plugin allows you to zap them without modifying core files.
- Wikipedia NoFollow – want to reclaim the Google Juice you send to Wikipedia that currently stops flowing, and turns Wikipedia into a black hole – this plugin is the perfect answer – if Wikipedia becomes the flow back on, you can reciprocate just by switching the plugin off.
WP Temp Nofollow– I am not sure how up to date this one is, but if you have hacked WordPress to remove the nofollow code, you could use something like this plugin to add nofollow back for a period of time. It was designed for older WordPress versions that didn’t have nofollow as standard.
- NoFollow from Home – This one is interesting from an SEO perspective in that it adds nofollow to links in your content on the home page
- Don’t Follow – This plugin allows you to selectively add nofollow to links in your comments simply by adding /don’t-follow to the end of the URL – I am not sure how nicely it plays with other nofollow plugins as I would assume it would have to have a lower priority so that it adds nofollow after any other plugin has removed it. (thanks, Lorelle)
- Nofollow Those Dupes – My own plugin to add nofollow to links within content to everything other than single pages, thus avoiding Google Juice leaks on duplicate content pages.
Add NoFollow Other Platforms
- NoFollow List (Drupal) – Allows you to add a list of sites to nofollow (such as Wikipedia)
Lots of people in the last few day have proclaimed (finally) an end to using Nofollow on their blog, and many of them are friends or regular readers. Now while I would like to link to them all, there are far too many of them (plus I have something else planned). Instead, I am going to link to the one that I feel is most significant. Dougal Campbell has just installed a DoFollow plugin, and as a core developer of WordPress, this is a major development. Maybe we can see some optional features within WordPress and WordPress.com soon.
I would love to add more to this list, so if you know of other plugins, in particular for platforms other than WordPress, please let me know in the comments or ping me and I will add them to the list.
NoFollow Community on Bumpzee
A list of 10000+ sites that are supporting the no nofollow | dofollow | I follow movement isn’t a viable proposition. In fact, there are 149,000 references to DoFollow listed by Google, though not all of those sites are using a dofollow solution, or have the ability for users to leave a comment or trackback.
For some months I thought about creating a directory of DoFollow supporters, and even have a prototype site with loads of features, but it just didn’t offer enough usability, and managing the growing community would have been extremely time-consuming.
My solution (I did consider many) was to create a community that allowed no nofollow community members to find bloggers that were like minded within their own niche.
Bumpzee has support for tagging, parsing tags and defined categories from within the RSS feeds. Thus it is possible to browse blog posts on any subject.
The interface isn’t ideal yet, but is under constant active development, and hopefully, in the future you will be able to just go to a tag on parenting, and find 50 or more blogs who write about parenting, and their recent posts, and who all use a dofollow equivalent for their blogging platform.
I encourage you to join the No Nofollow | I Follow | DoFollow Community.
It is my intent for the community to be the largest and most active on Bumpzee, and we will build the community together.
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