Without getting too technical, it’s really important to build up your page rank with the search engines. An important method to help improve your sites page rank is getting backlinks.
A backlink is simply a one way link from one site to your site. The more backlinks, the more popular the search engines think you are thus the higher they rank you. And more importantly, the more traffic you’ll get.
A great way to get backlinks that can also drive traffic to your site is to comment on blogs.
If you provide well thought out insight as a comment on a blog, the reader may want to check your site out to hear more from you. Then they click on your link and visit your site. Blamo… free traffic! You’ll also grab needed backlinks which give you the coveted ‘link juice’.
The problem is that most blogs are set as NoFollow. This means that it will not count as a back link. Some blog owners go so far as to not even let you include your link. Understand, they are concerned with spammers inundating them with comments pointing to some site selling Viagra. You really can’t blame them.
When a blog is installed, the default is NoFollow. You actually have to add plugins to make it DoFollow. And for non-techies, this can be a pain in the butt.
In addition to having to manually make it DoFollow, the belief is that Google doesn’t rank DoFollow blogs well. So if my blog is NoFollow, I should have a higher page rank as a result. So the incentive to have a blog set as DoFollow is not very high and most bloggers keep it NoFollow as a result.
There is some debate as to whether a NoFollow site is really NoFollow in Google’s eyes. You Can read more about their NoFollow rules here.
Well, I have a little gift for my readers and subscribers. I have made my blog DoFollow. I’m taking one for the team.
So, if you’d like some free ‘Link Juice’, I invite you to put up acomment. In fact, if you’re an SEO expert, feel free to correct me where I may be wrong or mis-informed. And certainly add more to this conversation to help our readers learn and grow. It’s all about helping people.
The only thing I ask is that you add to the conversation. I don’t approve comments like ‘cool post’ or ‘thanks for sharing’. And because the blog is DoFollow, I get a ton of spam and robot comments. My favorite is ‘Your post was very helpful on my college assignment.’ Yeah, right. Delete!
So, agree with me, disagree with me, debate me, educate me, help the community. If you add value, you’ll be approved!
You always get the most benefit when you add to the conversation. The more value you add, the more likely the reader is to want to check out your site. And that’s what it’s really all about.