Thursday, 18 April 2013

Make Blogger comments Nofollow

Hello Readers, in this post we will learn how to make your blogger comments section nofollow. Nofollow is the flag which tells the search engines that the hyperlink is not relevant and they can skip the link. Adding nofollow flag to your comments section will improve the SEO of your blog. Sometimes people visit your blog and leave hyperlinks in your comments section. They do spamming in the comments section. If you do not add a nofollow attribute to it; it will degrade your site's or blog's SEO. Google along with other search engines like Yahoo and Bing skip the external nofollow hyperlinks that means if you have a nofollow hyperlink in your comment section search engines will not crawl them.
add nofollow attribute in blogger

Wordpress has many tools and plug-ins for doing this task. But blogger users will have to do this manually by editing the template. If you are still confused why to do this, let me tell you its importance.

Importance of nofollow Attribute

Before the year 2005, People use to spam their URLs for link building and to improve their ranks. But in year 2005 search engines decided to prevent this kind of link building by introducing the concept of nofollow. Nofollow flag prevent the flow of link juice from your blog to the spam hyperlinks in your comment section. It will help you improve your Google Page Rank and prevent sculpting of your page ranks. It will help prevent spamming in your comment section as well. Now that you know the importance of making your comments section nofollow, let’s see how to do this.

How to make comments section nofollow

Doing this is not a hard task, if you know a little HTML/XML; you can do it quickly without any trouble. You need to follow the steps mentioned below:

  • First of all to prevent mess, take a backup of your blog. I recommend it every time you do editing in your template. To take backup go to Template from your blogger dash board. Click on backup/restore and then download the template.
  • Now click on Edit template and check the expand widgets checkbox (already checked in new blogger template editor).
  • Search for this code- expr:href='data:post.createlinkurl' by pressing CTRL+F.
  • Add rel='external nofollow' or rel='nofollow' just after the closing quote.
  • Click on preview to make sure, there is no error in your template code.
  • If everything is fine (I assume it is), Click on save and you are done.

You made your blogger blog's comment section nofollow. I hope i mentioned all the steps. If you are still having any problem, you can comment here. I will be glad to help you.

If you wonder, how to check if this worked or not? You can do it easily from Mozilla Firefox. Right click on any hyperlink in the comments section and click on inspect element. It will show you the code for that link with a no-follow attribute.

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  1. Nofollow will also prevent your blog from linking to banned sites, i have had that experience once

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  4. I got this error... Element type "a" must be followed by either attribute specifications, ">" or "/>".

    1. You placed it after > the rel=nofollow before >