Ok, before I even get started It’s probably important to let the people that read my blog on a daily basis for the [intlink id="2178" type="post"]juicy pictures[/intlink] or ultra [intlink id="1481" type="post"]sexy videos[/intlink] know that this post won’t be that exciting to you.
Now if your a Blogger or someone who likes to surf the web and read some of the [intlink id="1467" type="post"]excellent blogs[/intlink] that are out there or someone who makes money online than this might be of some interest to you. New Bloggers or “Noobs” might also find some of this Blogging information useful in their own online social networking ventures. Take it from someone that has been making money online for over 10 years, every little piece of the puzzle matters when your trying to build a blog or make money online. This post will tell you a few of the tools that are out there that you can add to your blog in order to increase your comments, and gives you a chance to benefit from being a Do Follow blog.
I wanted to take a little time and post an article that informed new bloggers of a few things that they can use to grow their site, I also wanted to post the article to make people aware of some of the features I use here on Extreme John.com and some of my other blogs. I hope you find some of the Do Follow information, information on Gravatars, CommentLuv and KeywordLuv.
You may have noticed that there are a few places on Extreme John.com that this image (gravatar) appears:
This is the default Gravatar for Extreme John.com, and basically will show up in the comments of any article here when someone does not have a Gravatar. Many of you are probably thinking what is a Gravatar or “What the hell is that?”, either or this will tell you what a Gravatar is. In short a Gravatar gives you an identity or better yet a “Face” of some sort, you can use a cartoon image like I use or you can use a normal picture of yourself like Roseli E.Baker (who comments here) uses either way, if you comment on blogs, read blogs or your a blogger I recommend giving yourself an identity by getting a Gravatar. It makes people more comfrotable having discussions with people that have identities as opposed to some ugly blue square which gives you or your website no identity at all.
If you would like to add Gravatars to your WordPress Blog you can use WordPress Gravtars 2.7.1 which is a WordPress Plugin.
In short, a Do Follow blog like my site tells search engines like Google to follow links that get crawled by search engine spiders. I first heard of Do Follow thanks to John from Pot Politics and have been utilizing it ever since, it allows for people with their own website or business website to post comments and links here and recieve link love from search engines when they crawl Extreme John.com
You can easily turn your own WordPress Blog into a Do Follow blog by using DoFollow 4.0 a WordPress Plugin that allows your to selectively remove the “nofollow” from your comments section. Once you remove your “nofollow” links and turn your blog into a Dofollow blog be sure to add your site to the DoFollow Blog Directory so other DoFollow Bloggers can find you.
CommentLuv which recently moved to a new server is a WordPress Plugin that allows you to display your most recent posts on the blogs that you visit that also use CommentLuv.
I started using CommentLuv here a few months ago and immediatley noticed that I had more comments coming in. Sure people might be posting their comments solely based on the fact that they want some link love or traffic from it, but it still benefits the site by increasing reader participation.
CommentLuv allows you to reward your blog readers by posting a Titled Link to their most recent article, you can see an example of it in action in the comments here.
The WordPress KeywordLuv Plugin allows you to reward your blog readers by seperating their name from their keywords in the link to their website, giving them improved anchor text. If you scroll towards the bottom of this post and look at Lacerocks comment you will see that his name is displayed seperated from his site name.
“Comment by lace of Extreme Tan and Smoothies”
which is different than the default which would be displayed as follows:
“Comment by Extreme John”
You can take advantage of KeywordLuv here on Extreme John by entering your name as follows when leaving a comment:
Username@Your Web Site Name
This would be the same for any blog you come across that uses the WordPress Plugin KeywordLuv.
All of the things listed above are easy to install, take advantage of these WordPress Plugins on your own blog and when you see a site that uses CommentLuv, KeywordLuv or is a DoFollow blog take advantage of it and leave a comment.