Blog Comments Now Pass Juice – No More `nofollow`

After lots of back and forth, I have decided to make comment links dofollow (removing nofollow); meaning that links users have in their comments will be followed by search engines. This adds value to the recipient’s site.

Please note:

  • If dofollow becomes a hassle, I will take it off
  • It’s easy for me to add nofollow to any comments, so please keep the conversation relevant. Manual link building sucks. But try hard to add value!
  • This blog uses Lucia’s Linky Love and always has, so post 3 or more times!

Enjoy, don’t abuse.

WordPress Comment Form 404 Error – Now Fixed!

Disabling the Cookies for Comments plugin broke the comments form.

On the recommendation of Matt Cutts, I added the Cookies for Comments plugin to this blog, and also added their recommended .htaccess modifications:

RewriteCond %{HTTP_COOKIE} !^.*XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX.*$
RewriteRule ^wp-comments-post.php - [F,L]

When I realized that Cookies for Comments was slowing down my blog considerably, I disabled the plugin, but did not think to  remove the .htaccess rewrite rule. The remaining .htaccess rules broke the comments on this blog (for two weeks now, could it be!?). Continue reading “WordPress Comment Form 404 Error – Now Fixed!”

How to get more comments on your blog


I was asked a question by a potential client about blog comments.  She was concerned that some of the blog designs I’ve created have little user interaction.  She wrote (emphasis added by me):

I have been looking at the blogs you have created.  I am wondering why there aren’t many comments.  I want to use my blog to have extensive viral discussions; mainly to ask questions to moms that want to go back to the workplace.  I want my blog to be primarily questions with as many comments responding as possible.

The question is a good one: why aren’t more people interacting?  I wanted to dig deeper into the question: what contributes to comments? Continue reading “How to get more comments on your blog”