How To Remove Blogger / Blogspot NoFollow

In Blogger / Blogspot, a default setting called “no-follow” defines that links inside comments and backlinks are not to be followed by incoming search engine crawler bots, thus reducing the commenters’ and backlinkers' chance in getting any increase in their page ranks from the links they left. It prevents commenting and backlinking atmosphere in blogs from being as conducive as it should. That is why removing no-follow in blog comments and backlinks is a good advice; it applies to Blogger / Blogspot as well.

The counterpart of no-follow, do-follow, will provide a positive stimulus for your visitors to engage better in comments and backlinks section. It will also generate mutual value for blog owners and commenter, by giving feedback to the host and followed links to the visitors. In overall, it will be helpful in developing a healthy atmosphere around a blog. Battle spam, not blogs.

NoFollow on Comments

To remove the no-follow in Blogger / Blogspot comments, a tag that is located inside the template codes need to be adjusted a little bit. To find it, access “edit HTML” from “layout” section of your dashboard first. Please note that you need to check “expand widget template” since the codes we are looking for are located inside one of the widgets. Then find this tag, which is responsible in authorize the crawler bots whether to follow the links or not.

<a href='data:comment.authorUrl' rel=’nofollow’><></a>

For faster result, you can use your browser searching tool and find the word “nofollow”. You will find that there are two word “nofollow” in the codes, the first one are located inside comments-block codes, and the second are located inside backlinks codes. We are talking about removing the first one, which is related to comments section.

Then, to adjust the codes not to enable “nofollow”, please simply delete these bold codes:

<a href='data:comment.authorUrl' rel=’nofollow’><></a>

Therefore, the result will look something like this:

<a href='data:comment.authorUrl’><></a>

Please save the template then, and now your blog will be officially do-follow. Do not forget to inform it to your readers, or otherwise they will not know it and your effort will be meaningless.

NoFollow on Backlinks

For backlinks, the default settings of blogger also applies the same “no-follow” rule, and you can disable it using the same method if you wish. However, unlike comments, you have no control nor can moderate any of them. They are generated automatically based on pings and trackbacks. I personally prefer disabling backlinks from the dashboard settings, since their appearance makes my blog looks messy.

This tag needs to be adjusted in order to disable no-follow in backlinks. Just delete the bold codes, my friend.

<a href='data:backlink.url' rel='nofollow'><data:backlink.title/></a>

To re-enable the "no-follow" in comments or backlinks, just put the deleted codes back in their original position.

Do you find any problem in applying it? Do you have better technique to do this?


Isaac Yassar said...

@Tipspandi: I'm sorry to disappoint you, but Blogger enforce every link inside the comment frame not to be followed. You can check the page source, where you will find a 'nofollow' tag next to your italic link. From the comments section, only Name / URL (etc) can be edited into 'dofollow' using the method above.

CincyRealtor said...

Hi, I tried your method... and afterward, found that both the name of the commentor and the backlink in the comment itself still carried the "nofollow" attribute. I went back in and edited the template again; found no occurence of "nofollow".

Am I doing something wrong? It appears that the previous comment says the comments are forced to nofollow... but it looks to me like the name/url is also.

Any response will help.

Isaac Yassar said...

@Cincyrealtor: Are sure have checked "expand widget template" when you went back to edit your template? What is the address of your blog?

Mentor Matt said...

Isaac, I get the same problem as CincyRealtor. Are you sure you checked it with blogger yourself. It seems to me Google, i.e. blogger is pushing nofollow on comments hard.

Isaac Yassar said...

@Matt: Yes I've checked it in the past and it worked. But I don't know if they have a new policy about this matter, since Blogger is a child-company of Google.