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NoFollow and DoFollow Blog - Comment Links Affect Search Engine Optimization (SEO)
A significant part of selling information products on the Internet is getting traffic to your website to view and hopefully purchase your products, or to sign up for your mailing list, or else to subscribe to your blog.
Search engine optimization (SEO) is the art and science of having your website show up as high as possible in searches people conduct in Google, Yahoo, Bing etc..
High-Quality Inbound Links Boost Your SEO
One way to increase your standing with search engines is to have a high number of high-quality websites linking to yours. Google and the other search engine see this as a vote of confidence in the quality and relevance of your content.
NoFollow Tags in Blogs Means No SEO for Your Comments
Many sellers of information products leave comments on blogs, mostly popular ones with high Google PageRank, thinking that they're getting those good inbound links to their sites.
But there is a problem. Most blogs put a "No Follow" tag in the link to your site. Sure, readers can click on it and check you out, and that's a good thing. However you get no SEO benefit.
Wordpress, for instance, has the "NoFollow" tag as a default, and so do most other blogs.
Use the Quirk SearchStatus Firefox Plugin to find out if a Blog is NoFollow
Firefox is my favorite browser. (I rarely use Google Chrome, and I no longer use Internet Explorer.)
Once you've it, go to Tools -> Add-ons, and then select Plugins. Search for and then follow the instructions to install Quirk SearchStatus. Once Quirk SearchStatus is installed then right-click on its icon and select "Highlight Nofollow Links." It will then color in pink all links on each site you visit that are NoFollow. (It also allows you to discover any site's Google PageRank, Alexa ranking, Compete ranking, and mozRank.)
If you're commenting on blogs solely to boost your search traffic, you will know when you're wasting your time.