Glad you guys are here! I've been doing the blogging thing for a number of years now, and even though I'm just a passable writer, I've managed to put into practice some tricks that have made my blogs pretty successful. I've also taught a number of my clients these same tricks which have helped their blogs and websites get highly ranked in the major search engines.
Most SEO guys will tell you that one of the most powerful elements of 'importance' to search engines is links that point back to your site. This links and their anchor text is what accounts for your site being indexed and ranked for the keywords in the anchor text. The more links pointing to your site with anchor text that consists of keyword phrases that you are targeting, the better.
This is what makes blogs such a great thing. You can get links pointing back to your site almost at will, if you know how to do it. There are really three main ways:
Now what most people don't know is that the first two are generally a waste of time (at least as far as search engines and indexing go) for 95% of all blogs. That is because the blogs are using 'no-follow'. So the hyperlinks that are pointing to your site, that you so carefully, lovingly, and laboriously added to your list of related blogs by commenting and linking from your posts are nothing but a big waste of time.
"Why are most blogs 'nofollow' anyway?" you might be asking. Good question. Peole thought it would be a good way to fight comment spam by the comment spambots. What they forgot about what what the web is about in the first place... people helping one another and linking back and forth. There are better ways to fight comment spam than punishing bloggers who take the time to post thoughtfully on your articles.
That's why I put together a little training video for people. Totally free, it shows you how to add a neat tool to your browser that will help you detect if a blog is using 'no follow' of if the blog owner has been smart enough to use the Do Follow plugin. Plus I show you how to install the Do Follow plugin on your own site.
After you watch the video I'd like for you to do three things for me (well really do them for yourself)
Here is a list of some blogs from various fields that you might find helpful to post to, all of which use Do Follow
Hope you have found this to be helpful.
Awesome. Great list (and nice to be added!). 🙂
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Well I have to put my 'smart' students on the list, don't I Erin?
It is a good list. I'd like to see it get longer. Spread the word about "Do Follow"
[...] default setting of ‘nofollow‘ on links in comments [see my article on why you need to remove nofollow] your blogroll doesn’t. That means that your blogroll, along with everyone else’s is [...]
[...] know how to find out whether a blog is using 'no follow' then you need to read my blog post on sniffing out no follow blogs. It goes without saying, you should NOT use 'no follow' on your own blog. Read the article to find [...]
[...] 4) You may include hyperlinks (which will be active and indexable since I use ‘Do Follow’ – read more about ‘Do Follow’) [...]
I watched the video and installed the Quirk SearchStatus toolbar in my browser.
And, well, you already have me set up as a DoFollow blog!