I comment on plenty of of blogs. I never noticed my comments scoring me serious incoming links on my WP dashboard, even from so-called “dofollow” blogs. That’s what dofollows are meant to do — increase your incoming link count, and ultimately bump your Google PR.
I thought maybe WordPress had some filter that identified comment links and just didn’t mention them; either that or a lot of blogs were misrepresenting themselves as dofollows.
Imagine my surprise when I saw two new incoming links emanating from comments I had made. It does comments? COOL! But then….. Only two?
I don’t know about you, but it is easier for me to comment than it is to sit around and wait for people to link to me. Given that, why is it that so few of my comments on other people’s blogs generate this type of link juice? Are there really that few blogs with dofollow?
I want to give my readers every incentive to comment on my blog. I assumed that I was. Then a thought hit me: If a reader comments on Hot Dorkage does it really register that type of link juice on their WP dashboard? I don’t see why it wouldn’t. When crawlers hit the individual blog posts, all comments are expanded. We do not put nofollow tags in comments so it should register them. But does it? Only testing will tell.
I’m going to test comment as my other blog and let you know what happened, but 100% external readers would probably be a better test.
WP users, especially 2.7 users: please leave a comment here and let me know if it registers the type of linkilicousness that I assumed I was offering to commenters. I don’t know how often those dashboard in-links update, so give it a day before you check.
I already pass on commenting on blogs that make me log in. In light of this new information, I intend to restrict my commenting in future to blogs who offer only bona fide link juice. And if your blog isn’t doin’ it, FIX IT!
Thanks for reading.