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Unlimited traffic to your website from comments – is your blog setup properly?

Comments add value to a blog post and reward the author with a link back to their website. This simple action can result in unlimited traffic to your website. A win-win situation.

Last week I talked to you about several aspects that impact link popularity. So, when I tell you today not to worry about link popularity in about 80% of the times you add a comment to a blog post, you probably think that I have totally lost it. But I assure you that this is not the case. Although I wished that my statement was wrong!

Usually, you have to fill out your name, contact email and your website URL before you place a comment. When you leave your comment, your URL is automatically linked to your name for a valuable link back to your website. Or so you think….

Another example is the very popular WordPress plugin, CommentLuv. When you add a comment to a blog post, this plugin publishes your most recent blog post underneath your comment, for an extra highly relevant link back to your blog. At least that is the intention.

What a lot of people don’t know, is that WordPress, by default, adds a aEoeno-followaE tag to all these links. What does this mean for you? This means that, while you believe that you just got another backlink, in reality you did not. When the search engines come across these aEoeno-followaE tags, they basically ignore the link. I know, it completely defeats the purpose of the CommentLuv plugin!

How do we know if this is the case on a blog we visit? The easiest way is to install ‘SEOQuake’. This is a Firefox plugin, that provides a lot of usefull information. Another one is SEObook. However, I have found that SEObook is not nearly as accurate (where it comes to backlinks) as SEOQuake. In order to check your links, you need to install one of these Firefox add-ons. If you don’t know how to install this add-on for Firefox, follow this link to a YouTube video that will show you exactly how to do it.

To see if you installed SEOQuake successfully, check the bottom right corner of your screen. You should see a logo with ‘SQ’, that could be either in color or in black and white.

The color logo means the add-on is turned on. A black and white logo means the add-on is inactive. Switching between active and inactive can simply be done by clicking on the logo.

When you hover over the logo and right mouse click you will see an option to choose ‘line-through aEoeno-followaE and aEoeno-indexaE’ . When you do that all links that have a no-follow tag associated with it, will show up with a strike through. This is what it looks like:

This is an example of a blog, who’s owner does not realize that wordpress adds a no-follow tag to your comment. Even though he/she thinks that they are making it very attractive to leave a comment, in reality it is not all that attractive at all.

Now that we know how to determine if a comment will have a link included, we still need to make sure that this situation is not happening on our own blog. Chances are, if you have not done anything against this problem, your blog is a aEoeno-followaE blog.

You can overcome this problem by adding a ‘do-follow’ plugin. There are several of them out there. I like the one called ‘no nofollow’. Either search for it from your wp-admin dashboard by selecting ‘add new’, or go to their website directly: ‘no-nofollow plugin’, and download and install from there. (if you need more detailed instructions leave me a comment and I will make a quick video to show you).

Double check, using SEOQuake, that the links in the comments on your blog are now aEoedo-followaE. Remember, you click on the SQ logo in the bottom corner and turn on ‘line-through for links’. If the hyperlinked text in the comments does not have a line through it, you can rest assured that your wordpress blog is setup properly for commenting.

I hope this helped. If there is anything you do not understand, please don’t hesitate to ask, because this is too important to ignore! If you come across blog owners who are not aware of this issue, please send them to this blog post, so they can make the necessary adjustments also.

  • Jennifer Akers

    What a great idea on finding out if your backlinks are ‘do follow’. I’m going to add the FF plugin and also check out adding the no nofollow plugin to my blog. Thanks for answering questions I didn’t even know I had. :-)

    • social bookmarking

      Glad you are taking action. It is so sad to see people add a plugin like “commentluv” and not realize that their site is “no-follow”. If we all implement my suggestions we will all have more backlinks to our sites!

      • Jennifer Akers

        Thanks, Karin! I added it to both our sites. :-) I really appreciate you sharing your knowledge. I’m happy to know that our sites are now providing backlinks for everyone.

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          Jennifer I am sure that all your visitors are grateful that you took action right away. More power to you!

  • Jennifer Akers

    What a great idea on finding out if your backlinks are 'do follow'. I'm going to add the FF plugin and also check out adding the no nofollow plugin to my blog. Thanks for answering questions I didn't even know I had. :-)

  • http://controlemotionsafterabreakup.com Lloyd Dobson

    Wow Karin some fantastic content. I learned a great deal of information. One is never to old to learn. Being a student of life is so gratifying. Thanks for all you do!

    • http://socialnetworkvoter.com social bookmarking

      Haha, you are funny. I am glad you found this useful.

  • Lloyd Dobson

    Wow Karin some fantastic content. I learned a great deal of information. One is never to old to learn. Being a student of life is so gratifying. Thanks for all you do!

  • Edward

    Excellent tip as always Karin. Got it implemented and gathering stats already! Thanks for all that you do.

    Make it a great day!
    God Bless,
    -ed

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      Hey Ed, glad you implemented it. The commenters on your blog will appreciate you for it.

  • Edward

    Excellent tip as always Karin. Got it implemented and gathering stats already! Thanks for all that you do.Make it a great day!God Bless,-ed

  • Eddie Espiritu

    Karin,

    This was an EXCELLENT tip!! Thank you! I implemented what you taught immediately!

    Eddie

    • http://socialtrafficmastermind.com social bookmarking

      Hi Eddie, great that you took action right away. That is what it takes. Spread the word, so we can all have more links back to our sites!

  • Eddie Espiritu

    Karin,This was an EXCELLENT tip!! Thank you! I implemented what you taught immediately!Eddie

  • http://socialtrafficmastermind.com kboode

    Glad you are taking action. It is so sad to see people add a plugin like “commentluv” and not realize that their site is “no-follow”. If we all implement my suggestions we will all have more backlinks to our sites!

  • kboode

    Haha, you are funny. I am glad you found this useful.

  • http://controlemotionsafterabreakup.com kboode

    Hey Ed, glad you implemented it. The commenters on your blog will appreciate you for it.

  • kboode

    Hi Eddie, great that you took action right away. That is what it takes. Spread the word, so we can all have more links back to our sites!

  • Paul Klaszus

    OH my.. well – I was thinking of getting commentluv.. but now… I know that extra step i need to take!! Thanks so much – yet again.. you make that which seems too much to take in – super easy!

  • Paul Klaszus

    OH my.. well – I was thinking of getting commentluv.. but now… I know that extra step i need to take!! Thanks so much – yet again.. you make that which seems too much to take in – super easy!

  • Teresa Ivory

    Thank you for making this SO EASY! I’ve read about do-follow/no-follow and was just barely getting to understand it. Your post not only explained it so simply but gave me links to the tools! Thank you again!

  • http://socialtrafficmastermind.com Teresa Ivory

    Thank you for making this SO EASY! I've read about do-follow/no-follow and was just barely getting to understand it. Your post not only explained it so simply but gave me links to the tools! Thank you again!

  • Jennifer Akers

    Thanks, Karin! I added it to both our sites. :-) I really appreciate you sharing your knowledge. I'm happy to know that our sites are now providing backlinks for everyone.

  • Anonymous

    Hi Karin,

    I always learn so much from your blog posts, mostly I learn how much I don’t know. :) Thanks so much for sharing all of your great wealth of knowledge with us. I, for one, greatly appreciate it.

    • Curt Bizelli

      Isn’t it amazing what we don’t know? hehe! I love learning new things … each day is a new adventure with all of you guys providing awesome content on the net!

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      Thanks Debbie for your kind words.

  • debbiestevens

    Hi Karin,I always learn so much from your blog posts, mostly I learn how much I don't know. :) Thanks so much for sharing all of your great wealth of knowledge with us. I, for one, greatly appreciate it.

  • Anonymous

    Great Post, Glad I found your site. This is Valuable information.

    Bill

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    Great Post, Glad I found your site. This is Valuable information.Bill

  • Bill Cowan

    Always a learning experience coming here. Thanks so much..now to implement!

    • http://socialnetworkvoter.com social bookmarking

      Hi Bill, yes make sure to implement. Let me know if you have any questions. This is too important not to do.

  • Bill Cowan

    Always a learning experience coming here. Thanks so much..now to implement!

  • Anonymous

    No kidding Karin…here I’m telling everyone to add comment luv without even realizing the added step that is needed to make it work. Not everyone experiences the strike out but for those who do I’ll now know what to tell them. Thank you!

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      Kellie, probably all wordpress users do experience it, unless they have a plugin that prevents this.

  • http://controlemotionsafterabreakup.com kelliefrazier

    No kidding Karin…here I'm telling everyone to add comment luv without even realizing the added step that is needed to make it work. Not everyone experiences the strike out but for those who do I'll now know what to tell them. Thank you!

  • Curt Bizelli

    Isn't it amazing what we don't know? hehe! I love learning new things … each day is a new adventure with all of you guys providing awesome content on the net!

  • Curt Bizelli

    Hi Karin, Thanks for the valuable post. You’re doing an awesome job on the spreadsheet as well. Good Luck and Congrats on being at the Top! I can see WHY! Your content is almost flawless. Note: I would add that the commentluv plugin is not necessarily void even though it is No-Follow – I have received direct traffic from people clicking on those links. I understand to Fully Optimize and Utilize the Plugin to its Most Beneficial Value is to add on another plugin top of that to make it Do-Follow (which is really easy btw guys), but I wouldn’t say that without that extra plugin, commentluv is useless. Like I said, I’ve gotten traffic that way. Nonetheless, thank you again for this post. I too will know (with this FF plugin) when to confront somebody about this issue. THANKS and God Bless, Curt

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      Hi Curt, you are absolutely correct. Leaving comments does not “just” add a backlink. There is more value. People will start to notice you if you make a lot of comments and that will also result in traffic. Highly targeted at that. The reason I picked on CommentLuv is because it suggests the link from your most recent blog post back to your site. If that is not the case than that is obviously deceiving, even though not on purpose.

      • Curt Bizelli

        I’m STILL syndicating this post for you after a year because I think its one of the most valuable posts you’ve ever done. (Of course its hard to tell since you have a lot of great content), but then again, its important that people get their backlink and I appreciate you helping me set up the Do Follow Plugin on my blog. I’ve now been able to set it up on all of my blog websites. :-) Thanks Karin, God Bless, Curt aka CBiz

  • Curt Bizelli

    Hi Karin, Thanks for the valuable post. You're doing an awesome job on the spreadsheet as well. Good Luck and Congrats on being at the Top! I can see WHY! Your content is almost flawless. Note: I would add that the commentluv plugin is not necessarily void even though it is No-Follow – I have received direct traffic from people clicking on those links. I understand to Fully Optimize and Utilize the Plugin to its Most Beneficial Value is to add on another plugin top of that to make it Do-Follow (which is really easy btw guys), but I wouldn't say that without that extra plugin, commentluv is useless. Like I said, I've gotten traffic that way. Nonetheless, thank you again for this post. I too will know (with this FF plugin) when to confront somebody about this issue. THANKS and God Bless, Curt

  • http://socialnetworkvoter.com kboode

    Kellie, probably all wordpress users do experience it, unless they have a plugin that prevents this.

  • kboode

    Hi Bill, yes make sure to implement. Let me know if you have any questions. This is too important not to do.

  • kboode

    Thanks Debbie for your kind words.

  • kboode

    Jennifer I am sure that all your visitors are grateful that you took action right away. More power to you!

  • kboode

    Hi Curt, you are absolutely correct. Leaving comments does not “just” add a backlink. There is more value. People will start to notice you if you make a lot of comments and that will also result in traffic. Highly targeted at that. The reason I picked on CommentLuv is because it suggests the link from your most recent blog post back to your site. If that is not the case than that is obviously deceiving, even though not on purpose.

  • Debbie@Invisible Heartstrings

    Very good information. Updating my blog. And I like to leave comments either way.

  • Debbie Lattuga

    Very good information. Updating my blog. And I like to leave comments either way.

  • Anonymous

    Wow Karin, this is so interesting.I always am learning from you. I hope I did this correctly.You are full of amazing tips. Thanks!I will be sharing this because I have already seen several friend’s blogs with lines through their comments.
    Beverly

  • http://socialnetworkvoter.com beverlymonical

    Wow Karin, this is so interesting.I always am learning from you. I hope I did this correctly.You are full of amazing tips. Thanks!I will be sharing this because I have already seen several friend's blogs with lines through their comments.Beverly

  • Stew Shaw

    “…owner does not realize that wordperfect adds a no-follow tag…”
    Karin, you didn’t mean that literally did you?! Fix the typo!

    • http://controlemotionsafterabreakup.com social bookmarking

      Steve, not sure what you mean. What is the typo?

      • Stew Shaw

        Wordperfect or WordPress? I think you meant the latter.

        • social bookmarking

          Thanks for pointing that out, Steve. I can’t believe I still did not see it when you pointed it out to me the first time.

        • http://socialnetworkvoter.com social bookmarking

          Thanks for pointing that out, Steve. I can’t believe I still did not see it when you pointed it out to me the first time.

      • Stew Shaw

        Wordperfect or WordPress? I think you meant the latter.

  • http://controlemotionsafterabreakup.com Stew Shaw

    “…owner does not realize that wordperfect adds a no-follow tag…”Karin, you didn't mean that literally did you?! Fix the typo!

  • http://bookmarksandvotes.com kboode

    Steve, not sure what you mean. What is the typo?

  • http://bookmarksandvotes.com Stew Shaw

    Wordperfect or WordPress? I think you meant the latter.

  • http://controlemotionsafterabreakup.com kboode

    Thanks for pointing that out, Steve. I can't believe I still did not see it when you pointed it out to me the first time.

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  • Emma Deborah Thomas

    Wow, so pleased to have come across this post!

    Thank you so much Karine for sharing this very valuable information. Gosh.

    Kind regards,

    Emma :)

  • Emma Deborah Thomas

    Wow, so pleased to have come across this post!

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  • Rob Franta

    Another great post, I am going to check my blog right now to make sure it is converted to a do follow blog.

  • Rob Franta

    Another great post, I am going to check my blog right now to make sure it is converted to a do follow blog.

  • Anthony McNeil

    Hello Karin,

    Every time I visit your blog I learn something new. Thanks for sharing this valuable information. I had no idea that WordPress default setting was no-follow.

    I just installed the SEOQuake extension for my chrome browser and the no-nofollow wp plugin.

    Thanks again and keep sharing,

    Anthony

  • Sue Collier

    Hi Karin,

    Thanks for that. I had SEOquake on my home computer, but now I am working from a laptop I had forgotten about it until you reminded me. I have also added the no-nofollow plugin to my blog now. Thanks for the great info and the simplicity with which you explain it.

    Sue

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    Hi Karin,

    Thanks for that. I had SEOquake on my home computer, but now I am working from a laptop I had forgotten about it until you reminded me. I have also added the no-nofollow plugin to my blog now. Thanks for the great info and the simplicity with which you explain it.

    Sue

  • Sue Collier

    Hi Karin,

    Thanks for that. I had SEOquake on my home computer, but now I am working from a laptop I had forgotten about it until you reminded me. I have also added the no-nofollow plugin to my blog now. Thanks for the great info and the simplicity with which you explain it.

    Sue

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    Hi Karin,

    Thanks for that. I had SEOquake on my home computer, but now I am working from a laptop I had forgotten about it until you reminded me. I have also added the no-nofollow plugin to my blog now. Thanks for the great info and the simplicity with which you explain it.

    Sue

  • Sailor

    Very interesting stuff man! I am new to blogging and I usually try my best to get some decent backlinks and I am most of the time disappointed. You have some cool tips to offer for someone new like me.

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