Remove nofollow from WordPress comments

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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Cristian Mezei

I am myself.

66 thoughts on “Remove nofollow from WordPress comments”

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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…

  5. 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!

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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

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

  11. 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.

  12. 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).

  13. 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.


  14. 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.

  15. 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.

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

  17. 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….

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

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

  20. 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.

  21. 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!!

  22. 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

  23. 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

  24. 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?

  25. 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…

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