In recent days, I’ve been researching on how to remove the nofollow default in WordPress blogs, trackbacking and commenting properly following the lead of bloggers like Case Stevens, Teli Adlam, Jim Morris, Andy Beard and so on. There are a lot of bloggers out there who are generous in giving out some link juice to “deserving” commenters but I would only write about this four particular persons because I wanted to do an experiment and I got all the instructions and tips (and plugin from Michele Marcucci) from each of them.
The experiment that I wanted to prove was to leave a trackback comment on good blog posts leaving a “keyword” or “key phrase” that I’m targeting instead of leaving my name.
It all started when I read a post by Jim Morris titled NicheBOT on MarketingProfs, Backlinks, Commenting and Baby Steps to Blogging.
I’ve been a big fan of Jim since becoming a subscriber of his original Nichebot free keyword research tool. But during that time, probably around late 2005 or early 2006, I cannot grasp his linking strategy of using keywords or keyphrases in leaving a link instead of your company brand name or your own name. It was totally new to me.
He has been practicing that technique up to this day and only after learning the importance of SEO did I realize the real benefit of using that smart practice. If you doubt him, just ask for a screen shot of a PR10 Google has awarded his Nichebot site way back. Maybe he’s got a copy.
I will not elaborate on what Jim talked about in that particular post but I would recommend that you visit the link above and read his post in full.
Anyway, I thought that if I leave comments on a good post, some bloggers might not allow putting my keyword or keyphrase in lieu of my real name and they might not approve it. So I thought, what better way to leave a keyword that I’m targeting is to leave a trackback instead of a comment because that is what I noticed when I looked at comments left in each post.
That’s when I searched and found Teli Adlam’s post on WordPress Trackback Tutorial. A very comprehensive tutorial on tracking back. I tried the trackback tutorial in one of my post and I was so elated that it worked.
Problem number 2 solved.
Next, I thought that, it would be unfair to others who wanted to leave good comments after my posts to have a nofollow rule in my wordpress install. If those people above can give link love to deserving commenters, why can’t I do the same if I want to follow their lead? (as if I have link juice to give away. dreaming is free, no? LOL)
This lesson of giving back I learned while reading Case Steven’s Comment’s Policy – NoFollow. It struck me that a successful internet marketer like Case is so giving to anyone who have a valid thing to say or comment to a post (spammers not welcome though). Thanks, Case that’s an eye opener.
So, to satisfy that missing piece, I Googled for “remove nofollow” which led me to the blog post of Andy Beard, Ultimate List of DoFollow & Nofollow Plugins.
Andy’s list is so comprehensive to the point that I felt so overwhelmed at the selections. I can’t decide on which plugin to use for my blog. So what I did was to read every comment that was left at this post and found a comment by the author of NoFollow Free, Michele Marcucci. I followed the link from there and decided that I should try the plugin for my desired purpose. Thank goodness it worked well in version of WordPress.
When I thought that everything is in place, it’s time to write this post, which is what I’m doing now.
It seemed like a very long route, a very long post this test I am conducting. Actually this is the easiest experiment that I did going back college days. All the tools are available, all the instructions are clear and all I have to do is compile all those stuff and see if it will work.
If it did, good for me. I found something that will work in my favor. If it did not, no problem. I only lost a little bit of my time and imagination.
And now, I’m all set to see if this little experiment of mine will work. I’m not ending this post because I still want to find out what the results will be and it won’t be until a few days from today. I still have to wait for any response from those good folks if ever my tracking back their posts is successful.
I’ll post an update as soon as the results are in. Ciao for now.
A wannabe internet marketer
(14nov2007 when this is posted)
Oh, geez. I forgot how to find the trackback URI of my blog. Oh well, I’ll figure that out next time.