By now, you have probably heard about Courtney Tuttle’s excellent D-List, which is an extensive list of blogs on which the bloggers have removed the “nofollow” attribute from their comments. What that means is that when you leave a comment, Google’s spiders will follow the link back to your blog, creating a genuine link back.
Andy Beard also has a Bumpzee group with the latest posts of bloggers who use “dofollow”. If you are spending any time leaving comments on other blogs, why not look through the list of dollowers so that you know that you are getting something back for your comments?
One area of concern is that no matter how vigilantly these lists are upheld, there is always the possibility that a blogger may return to using nofollow. In this case, you need a way to quickly and easily tell if comments are being followed or not.
Thanks to Stephen Cronin for the link to this Firefox addon. After you have it installed, you can right-click on the little “@” symbol in the bottom-right corner and select “Highlight nofollow links”. It saves you time and gives you some security to know whether a bloggger is really following or not.
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