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How to Remove Nofollow on Blogger Blogs

December 5th, 2008

nonofollow.gifAfter figuring out how to remove the Blogger navbar, I took some time earlier tonight to research the issue of how to remove the nofollow tag for Blogger comments. For those who are not aware, ‘nofollow’ refers to the rel=nofollow attribute which, when added to a hyperlink reference, will instruct Google’s algorithm not to count the link for the purposes of rankings in the search results. Contrary to persistent myths, nofollow does not block access to a linked web page’s content or prevent search engines from indexing it.

The two most popular blogging templates, Blogger and WordPress, both use nofollow tags in comments by default. Although the original justification for including nofollow was to discourage blog comment spam, the advent of strong anti-spam plugins for WordPress and moderation options in Blogger have rendered this argument effectively moot. Meanwhile, if you want to explore this issue further, Michael Hampton at Homeland Stupidity wrote an excellent article about what nofollow is and why it does not stop spam.

For now, however, we will look at how to remove nofollow for comment author links in the Blogger templates. The advantage of doing this is that it rewards commenters with a small amount of “link juice” to help them with their SEO efforts, which in turn encourages more people to comment and contribute to your blog’s content. The disadvantage is that it may attract quasi-spammy comments that are sparse on content but have niche-oriented keywords placed in the name field. Therefore, it is advisable to actively moderate your comments if you choose remove nofollow.

Here are the steps required to do so if you’re using Blogger:

1. Go to your Blogger dashboard and click the “Layout” link for your blog.

2. Click on the “Edit HTML” link that is located under the Layout tab.

3. Above the large box where the template code is displayed, locate the checkbox labeled “Expand Widget Templates” and make sure that it is checked (it is usually left unchecked by default). You may wish to back up your template at this point if you’re worried about something going wrong.

4. Search the text of the template code for the string rel=’nofollow’ by using the Ctrl-F find function from your keyboard. The first instance of this string will occur about two-thirds of the way down the page. Simply remove this bit of text but don’t change anything else. Optionally, you may also remove the second instance of nofollow that appears about three-fourths of the way down the page to allow following for backlinks, but this is not required to open up DoFollow for regular comments. I have highlighted the first instance of nofollow with green background in the screenshot below so that you know what to look for:




remove-nofollow-blogger.jpg




5. Click the orange “Save Template” button and you’re done!

Meanwhile, if you would like to see a video presentation of the above procedure in addition to reading the text, here is a brief (two minutes long) tutorial video produced by Tushar Dhoot:



Now you can proudly proclaim that your blog is DoFollow (or NoNoFollow if you prefer). If you want to make this a “selling point” to attract comments for your blog, you can find one of the DoFollow movement’s graphical images, upload it to your server, and place it in a prominent location on your home page or near your blog’s comment section. An example of such an image can be found in the upper left corner of this post.

If you want to find out if another blog is DoFollow or not, probably the fastest method is to have the FireFox extension Search Status installed. This will display nofollow links with a pink background as long as you have the “Highlight nofollow links” option checked in the appropriate menu. If the blog in question is DoFollow, you should NOT see any pink rectangles around the names of comment authors. If you do, the nofollow tags are still enabled. Alternatively, you can look at the source code of a page that contains comments (View >> Page Source in Firefox) and search for the rel=nofollow string with Ctrl-F, although this is rather tedious if you want to leave comments on multiple blogs.

In case you’re wondering about it, Karlonia has been DoFollow for comments since June 2007 when I removed the default nofollow tags with a WordPress plugin. Interestingly, spam has not been much of a problem since I have WP-Spam Free to prevent automated submissions from bots. In the case of manually entered spam, I can simply remove the hyperlinks from comment authors who link to irrelevant or dubious sites that might cause problems for me with Google.


9 Responses to “How to Remove Nofollow on Blogger Blogs”

  1. comment number 1 by: anne

    visiting, drop u in entrecard..why? what is the dis advantages of this nofollow, do you have any solution for website pop-up? what is the reason of this? It’s not good for my readers..thx

  2. comment number 2 by: Cher

    Thanks! I just put this on my site, hopefully it works!

  3. comment number 3 by: Impacted Customer

    I too have recently removed the nofollow tags from my blog.

    I’ve also modified Randa Clay’s original badge design for a 88*32 size. You can get the html code for the smaller badge at:

    http:/companiesactingbadly.blogspot.com/2009/01/you-comment-i-follow.html

  4. comment number 4 by: Tutorial-NET

    Great tip thank you

  5. comment number 5 by: Hayden

    Hi there, thanks for the great article. I was unaware of the ability to remove nofollow from the blogger comments. Thank you for this information.

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    Nice video to go along with your instructions.
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  7. comment number 7 by: Christian Magazine Man

    Cool, this is very useful. I wish you just copied and pasted the text instead of using a screen shot though, so that it would be easier for people to copy. But thanks nevertheless!

  8. comment number 8 by: Jezza

    Very useful - I think I will try this out instantly with my blogspot blog. Thank you!

  9. comment number 9 by: بورصة الذهب

    sometimes its simply great to have some people using dofollow! i cant stand it when people have nofollow… at least every blogger needs to make a little advertisement for his blog… no need to make it nofollow! thanks!

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