Remove nofollow from Wordpress comments

July 13th, 2006 - Filed under Personal by Cristian Mezei
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Starting from today, website links of all the owners of comments made in my blog don’t have the nofollow attribute anymore. Links within comments, still have the nofollow attribute.

I thought this trough and I see it as fit. I actually don’t approve any spam comment, unless a human has got something to say (spam gets blocked), so why not reward my visitors with at least a crawlable link ?

If anyone wants to use this plugin it’s easy as 1-2-3.

Just download Inside the archive you will find remove_follow.php. Upload this file in wp-content/plugins and then activate the plugin in the Plugins section of the Wordpress admin.

There you. You’re done.

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66 Comments so far

Mike said:
July 14th, 2006

That’s a good start dude, you’re in the right direction :)

P.S. Why have you disabled trackbacks on your blog? Just wondering. Askimet stops the spam ones pretty good.

July 14th, 2006

Great :) You are connecting people ;)

July 14th, 2006

Why have you disabled trackbacks on your blog?

I didn’t ;)

Ciprian said:
July 17th, 2006

Thats good. I’ll start writing more comments to your posts. :)

July 17th, 2006

CIprian, Akismet still takes your comment as spam. Maybe because you have nospam@ in the e-mail address ? Can you put another one please ? :)

Bill said:
December 15th, 2006

Looks like an easy plug-in to install. Some other solutions required editing the actual php code. Going to test this out on my blog as well to remove the dumb no follow tags.

Florin said:
January 28th, 2007

Great idea Cristian. Thanks for sharing.

kiviniar said:
February 19th, 2007

Well i guess it makes sense, so i too follow.. Removed the “nofollow” from my blogs as well

March 13th, 2007

Thank you,
I hate “nofollow”. The Internet is based on links and “nofollow” kills them. No links – no Internet.
I’m going to implement this plugin today.

Stem Cell said:
May 8th, 2007

Hi there, congratulations on your dofollow I suggest you join the group on . I believe that this “no nofollow” movement is going the put more personality among blogs…

Hobgo SEO said:
May 9th, 2007

We’ve removed it too. No bad Karma as of yet!

Kinder said:
May 11th, 2007

Thank you. It’s a good articles.

amici said:
May 11th, 2007

I have removed nofollow in my blog :) Nice article

DU said:
May 11th, 2007

Well, I understand why you do this and even support, but for me, as I am admin of blog hosting, removing of nofollow tag is not suitable because I recieve quite much spam registrations by hand daily…
So my point is that it is ok to remove nofollow for single private blog, but not for the whole network.

Good luck, man!

Headwind said:
May 17th, 2007

This is great. This shows love is not lost in this world yet. Thanks for the tips.

Oyun said:
May 17th, 2007

What DU said is totally right, You cannot control the spam for a large network.

May 31st, 2007

I made a plug-in for the people who would like to remove nofollow attribute from their TRACKBACKS ONLY. This way you share your link love with people who shared it with you.

June 3rd, 2007

Great stuff. I’ve just downloaded the plugin and starts sharing my love for my readers too.

gautam said:
June 5th, 2007

hi..just downloaded and installed. works flawlessly :)

Jayce Ooi said:
June 17th, 2007

Thanks for the tips. :)

June 19th, 2007

Thanks for the plugin,

However links in the comments still shows: rel=”nofollow”

Should that still be there?

June 19th, 2007

Yup. I wanted it that way.

June 26th, 2007

I’m curious. Why did you want to leave rel=”nofollow” in the comments? I installed the plugin and was confused when I edited a comment and still saw it. I looked at the source and it was gone.

June 26th, 2007

With this plugin, I want to reward users with a link, but I don’t want to spam myself if someone ads 30 links in the comment.

I think the link to the user’s homepage is enough.

Nick said:
June 27th, 2007

Is there any plugin that can remove the nofollow from links made within the comment?

June 27th, 2007

I can modify my plugin to do that, if you need it :)

Ben parker said:
July 6th, 2007

Hey this is indeed a nice idea. I think from now on every webmaster you should do the same thing. Maybe soon I’ll implement it on my blog. It’s a good karma. Learn to give and you shall receive.

Defective said:
July 23rd, 2007

This is great ! i will use it for my wordpress sites that I have hosted. Does anyone know if you can do this for a wordpress “hosted blog’ I mean like this
blogname.wordpress? Thanks

Bastian said:
August 6th, 2007

This plugin absolutely rocks. No need to modify the source code for myself :)

Misha said:
August 14th, 2007

Good Plugin, Thanks. But I have some problem in russian localization WP. I don’t see how to activate this plugin in admin panel . (

August 14th, 2007

Just go to the “Plugins” (or whatever in Russian) section of your WordPress, and click activate next to my plugin.

Oleg said:
August 14th, 2007

Great plugin. Using it and loving it. Using it on my blog and blogged about it.

P.S. Why are trackbacks disabled?

August 14th, 2007

P.S. Why are trackbacks disabled?

Too much spam Oleg…

Leo said:
September 11th, 2007

Your suggestions are very concrete and helpful. I’ll pass them on to writers who are maintaining their own blogs.

September 28th, 2007

I’ve just added your charmingly-easy nofollow plugin to both my blogs and will be writing about the benefits shortly. Thank you so much.


September 28th, 2007

Welcome Gary.

Bape said:
September 29th, 2007

Its ironic that many bloggers talk about this but then they actually use no follow I have seen many blogs leeching off the dofollow movement claiming to be dofollow sites but actually use nofollow, they are worse than the comment spammers in my eyes.

October 3rd, 2007

Just for the record, here’s where I praise your plugin.

Thanks again, Cristian.


October 3rd, 2007

Saw that just earlier… Thanks Gary.

November 7th, 2007

I have installed do follow plugin on my blog. Can anyone tell me where cna i find that fancy logo that says that i have Do follow plugin installed?

Orlando said:
November 27th, 2007

overall implementation of the idea in my opinion has been pretty poor. When I browsed through the many Do Follow Blogrolls or Do Follow directories, I found quite a few blogs that I would consider either poor quality or sites that are promoting things (selling text link ads or blog reviews) that I personally don’t want to be connected with. (From a linking standpoint).

November 30th, 2007

I also was wondering where to get the logo, so I did a Google search and found them. Sorry, I forget where but try searching for: ifollow images
or: nofollow images.

Alternatively, copy the one I use at but there are other colors too.


Vienna said:
December 3rd, 2007

I just installed a dofollow plugin in my blog because I believe in the giving back link love to worthy commentors.

Lazar said:
December 14th, 2007

I hate “nofollow”. The Internet is based on links and “nofollow” kills them. No links – no Internet.

That sums up half of the story. Other half is here:

putting nofollow on links to big sites.

Stephen said:
December 29th, 2007

well done dude, it’s time share our respect to those people who contribute to our blog.

January 24th, 2008

I have never been a fan of no-follow, human approval of each comment should have been enough and forcing bloggers into doing something they might not want to do just isn’t cool. It should be an option “to follow” or “not to follow”, that was OUR question to answer.

Paul said:
February 7th, 2008

Thanks for the plugin. I have 4 blogs and Askimet doesn’t protect me %100 from spam all the time, so I still have to pick through the legit comments anyway. I think if a fellow blogger takes the time to visit me and write something intersting he/she should be rewarded with some link love.

Aakash said:
March 4th, 2008

You have approached it in a nice way. Removing nofollow does promote commenting & a little link-back shouldn’t be mind.

March 5th, 2008

yes, i think no follow should be removed, since people first check the blog, article and others should haing a do follow or not.

Eugene said:
March 31st, 2008

Simple plugin. Thank you.

April 24th, 2008

It seems only fair…..
I just started using WordPress and I’ve seen sites that are very liberal about comments and links and they have high PR. I don’t think the nofollow was every intented to be a blanket for every comment. Just to stop spam. There are better ways for that and google is all about links so one would think they would want dofollow. . . ;) just not your own lol.

I’ve got the plugin on all my sites now….

Al said:
May 3rd, 2008

I did already to my blog and it works. thanks

Norhafidz said:
May 4th, 2008

great..IMO, by removing nofollow, it encourage people to come and commenting and at the same time, connecting bloggers around the world :)

mikka said:
May 6th, 2008

Found this site googling on ‘nofollow tag removed’ and I have too decided to remove it from all of my websites.

Vitaliy said:
May 9th, 2008

Someone said here that it was a bad idea. But I disagree with it. I have found this post through google:) so I think it worked.

Chris said:
May 16th, 2008

Well done. Let’s hope that a trend has been set. I have now also used this plug-in. Please, anyone else reading this post who has their own blog – DO THE SAME!!

TruckerTom said:
May 23rd, 2008

I agree with you there. I think comments aren’t such an important part to what makes a good blog anyway. I think it’s the content. But if you reward people wanting links, then you’ll get more readers to your site anyway. Win-Win

Stefan said:
May 30th, 2008

Hey thanks for the plugin, that was what I searched for :). Hope it works also in german blogs.

Your seem to be a funny guy ” Website – Spam me, and I’ll Spam you back 100 times”.

Bye, Stefan

May 31st, 2008

Thanks for the plugin :)

June 12th, 2008

it’s wonderfull a addions.Because the webmaster will made comments to your blog.Later you add all comment’s link nofollow :) your blog is will be wonderfull.

azlan said:
June 13th, 2008

Thanks from great plugins…implement it to my blog and it working properly…but not for link inside comment…still got rel=”nofollow”.can remove that one also?

okinawa said:
June 29th, 2008

thanks for info.nice plugin.

The moaning blogger said:
July 23rd, 2008

Hi there, very nice site, i can see you have put a lot of work into it, i have being reading your posts about the dofollow and i think its a great idea, i have downloaded your plugin and i have installed it along with a image on my site saying u comment i follow, i will not be tolerating spam either, but i can see how this benefits everyone, Cheers Mick…

Ralph said:
August 18th, 2008

Thanks for doing this. Hopefully, others will follow your example, and “dofollow” will become the norm on blogs.

Fatih said:
September 24th, 2008

Thanks. I just download the plug in.

Larry said:
October 3rd, 2008

I like the dofollow idea and thanks for the plugin. Lots of great info! Keep it up.

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