I installed the DoFollow WordPress plugin a little over 3 weeks ago so I thought now would be a good time to have a look at what difference it’s made. Now I’ve not used any kind of scientific experiment or some kind of whizzy program here – a pen and some paper did the job for me – so it might not be 100% but the answer appears to be yes.
On average, before installing the DoFollow plugin, each post was getting 2.52 comments. Since installing the plugin that figure has increased to 3.15 comments. That’s a 25% increase. Now imagine how that could affect your blog. A 25% increase in comments? That would be good, wouldn’t it?
Some interesting stuff came up in compiling the data. Of all of the comments left since going DoFollow, 42% of them have been on older posts (i.e. pre-dating the launch of DoFollow). This suggests to me that people have looked at pages with a higher PR and left a comment to get the Google juice. Clever stuff, people 😉
Here are the top ten most commented posts (excluding personal pingbacks)
- Creating the ultimate WordPress robots.txt file (19)
- Internet Explorer 7 (15)
- The Rich Jerk – Fact or Fiction? (15)
- Pixelotto (14)
- Death of Digg? (13)
- Is it always possible to make SEO sexy? (12)
- New Look (9)
- Useful Links #6 (9)
- Easyspace (8)
- Google loooove Google long time (8)
- June Is Busting Out All Over (8)
- Use your Alexa Rank to Make Money (8)
Now one of the biggest fears that people have before installing the plugin is that the spam count might increase. Well, apart from a couple of comments, I’ve not noticed any difference. It’s encouraged lurkers to come out of the background and leave comments which can only be a good thing, right?
Another interesting side effect is that I joined the No Nofollow | I Follow | DoFollow community on Bumpzee and have seen some of it’s members leaving comments here. It stands to reason, doesn’t it? These folks have seen the benefit of using DoFollow and go to like minded bloggers and leave comments.
So all in all, it was a change worth making so what’s stopping you?