There is a movement going on in the blogging community you may not be aware of. It's called the "U comment, I Follow". Randa Clay sums it up best:
Almost all blog platforms by default are set up so that a “dead end” piece of code is inserted wherever there is a link in a comment, so that search engines will not “count” the link as they are crawling the internet. This was originally designed to help stop comment spam, but it doesn’t work. What it does is remove some of the incentive for your readers contribute to your site by commenting on your posts.
What can you do about it? Turn off “nofollow”. Show your commenters that you appreciate them. Spread the link love.
Randa also has a variety of buttons you can save and use on your site to show you are comment friendly. In addition, I've found a website that explains in very SIMPLE and concrete terms how to remove the "no follow" from your blog template. I was able to do it with no problems whatsoever. One very important side note - BACK UP YOUR BLOG TEMPLATE before doing anything. That way, if for some crazy reason, it goes wonky, you still have your original code saved on your computer.
And feel free to leave a comment, 'cause you'll definitely get credit for it with me! Be sure to head on over and see Shannon @ Rocks in My Dryer for more Works for Me Wednesday tips!
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