Posted by Mitch Mitchell on Sep 15, 2008
I still love the fact that people can come here and get some true link love, and of course it benefits me also. However, I’ve been wondering lately if the big time bloggers have their blogs set up as dofollow or not. So, I’ve done a random sample, and I’m sort of disappointed by it all. I checked out John Chow; nope. Shoemoney; nope. Problogger; nope. John Reese; kind of (most of the comments aren’t, but a few are, so he must decide who gets love and who doesn’t). Build a Better Blog; nope. Chris Brogan; nope. Of course, I’ve checked all of these folks using the wonderful SEO for Firefox” add-on.
So, what give anyway? I look at someone like John Chow, who talks about having over 31,000 RSS subscribers, with an Alexa rank of around 41,000, but only a page rank of 3 from Google (the blog has no page rank at all) as someone whose site could not only benefits from sharing links with a lot of people (though I bet he and all the others have lots of people linking to them for free) but could stand to share a little bit of love with the rest of us. Sure, there are those leeches out there who only post something stupid so they can get their name on a big time blog, but that’s not the majority, and I’m betting that very few of them know that their post and link is meaningless. They’d get a lot more juice out of their comments if they posted here, of all things.
That’s a shame. Now, I don’t know if blogs on the Blogger platform can go dofollow or not, but if they can then it’s a shame if they don’t do it. At this juncture, the only two dofollow blogs I definitely know of are all the blogs mentioned by Sire on his guest post, Lynn Terry’s Clicknewz, and Barbara Ling’s blog. So, I’ll urge you to write on those blogs if you want some link love, change your blog to a dofollow blog as soon as you can, and let people know here about your blogs so you can be found.