Since I talked about dofollow commenting the other day, I’ve been involved in a few comment exchanges about the benefits of installing the Dofollow and Top Commenter plugins. The benefits for commenters are fairly obvious – you’re rewarded for your comments with free backlinks. The benefits for the host blog are perhaps not as obvious, but I’ve definitely seen an increase in the number of comments on this blog since installing both these plugins a few weeks ago, and have hooked up with a few new blogs (new to me, that is) as a result. I imagine it’s the same for others.
Finding dofollow blogs
That’s all very well, but as a commenter, how do you identify these blogs amongst the vast ocean of nofollow ones? I’ve heard of a few methods, for example doing a Google image search for the you comment, I follow graphic which some sites display. There are also several sites that publish lists of blogs using these plugins – see Yan, Peter and Simon‘s for example. These are pretty hot posts with lots of interaction – precisely because they’re providing some very useful information – they may be all you need to comment effectively, but for me there is one missing ingredient – the ability to search for specific topics and information in the lists.
I use Google a lot for doing research, finding other blogs in my niche, etc. But there is no way of telling from the search results whether a particular site gives dofollow links or not (and if you’re intent on commenting, this would be useful information, I think). That’s where my Dofollow Search Tool comes in – it only searches blogs that have one or both of these plugins installed. In other respects it works just like a regular Google search: just put in your search criteria and hit enter. I’ve also built in an option for you to notify me if there’s a blog you’d like included in the scope of the search, or if one that’s in there no longer provides dofollow links.
What do you think?
Please give it a try and let me know what you think. Are there any improvements you’d like to suggest? I’m not promising I’ll be able to accomodate all requests, but I’ll certainly consider them!
If you find this useful, please spread the word so more of us can enjoy the benefits of dofollow commenting!