Spread the Luv!

Updated September 20, 2010

Doc Sheldon

Someone asked me the other day, what the blue banner in the upper right corner of my blog meant by “NoFollow Free”. I explained it to them, and since they’re not what you might call “internet savvy”, they were more puzzled than before. So I explained about “link juice”, and how it establishes “pagerank”. At that point, she got a little twitch at the corner of one eye.

“So, you go out and find ways to attract all this “juice”, and then you turn around and throw it away?”

“No,” I explained. “I GIVE it away. See, by giving it away, more people want to come and comment, and participate. That’s what blogs are all about. Otherwise, I’d just be writing for myself.”

“And this “CommentLuv” – that lets them advertize their blog?”


“So you’re giving away ad space too?”

“Well, I suppose you could look at it like that. But it really isn’t that simple.”

The twitch took on a regular beat, now.

“Look,” I said, “Imagine you’re out to buy a new car. You pass between two dealerships. One has some guy leaning against a car on the lot, and the other has twenty or thirty people wandering around, looking at cars. Which one is most likely to catch your interest?”

“Okay, I can see that. But I’ll bet the guy that runs that car lot isn’t going to let everyone that buys a car, take some of the profit with them when they leave.”

“Maybe… maybe not. If he did, it might explain why his lot is so busy, though.”

I think she really needs to let a doctor take a look at that twitch, too. It seems to be getting worse, every time we talk.


I decided before ever buying this domain, that my next blog would not be nofollow. Building any sort of pagerank for a blog is more difficult than for a products/services website, anyway, in my opinion, so I’m really not that worried about PR. If the little bit that I may accumulate can help attract more participants, then I’m a happy camper.

One friend told me I was nuts… that I’d be swamped with spam. Well, so far, so good. My spam protection is doing its job very nicely, and all I have to do is screen through them quickly and make sure I’m not trashing a good comment, and it’s down the garbage chute with the rest. I can live with that.

I’m really dismayed when I see a blog with comments turned off, though! Seems to me to defeat the whole purpose of a blog. Michael Gray’s Graywolf’s SEO Blog is one such. Don’t get me wrong, I love Michael’s blog. I just think that sometimes, a blogpost can become something even better, with some interaction with the readers.

Of course, Michael’s got just a little (okay – a LOT!) more PR than the Clinic here. I’m sure he got more spam back in the day, than I do total visitors. When I reach a PR5, or count my daily visitors in the thousands, I may change my tune. Meantime, I plan to continue to engage those readers that are willing to put up with me.

And any of ya’ll that are feeling frustrated ’cause you can’t leave a comment at Graywolf’s, feel free to do so here. 😉


  1. Good point. (Loved the ‘tic’) I can’t imagine having a no-follow blog.

  2. Hi, I just wanted to mention that you have a fantastic site with some rich content.
    I bookmarked your site and now you have a reader for life….Well, for as long as you have this site:) …looking forward to more content in the future.

  3. Thanks for the comment, Jules. I agree completely. To me, a blog without reader involvement is nothing more than a diary.

  4. Thanks for the kind words, Julie. I’ll try not to live TOO long… wouldn’t want to wear out my welcome! 😉