Want to know how to remove nofollow tag to all the links in WordPress comments? NoFollow is an attribute value used by Google to instruct its search engine that the links which use it are not to be considered. For instance, consider the following link:
< a href = “somewebsite.com” rel = “nofollow” > Link < / a >
In the above link, the attribute rel = “nofollow” will instruct Google that the said link is not endorsed by you and should not be considered by Google during its search process.
The NoFollow attribute is automatically added to the links posted in WordPress comments and is an effective strategy in making spams less effective. Spam comments were added to blog posts because it was a very simple way to build backlinks and manipulate search engines into ranking their websites higher and getting more traffic. Through the NoFollow attribute, this purpose has been all but lost now and spammers don’t gain any real advantage by posting spam comments.
Also, when you use NoFollow for the comments on your posts, the whole post is used for your own benefit and no one else. Other links do not gain any kind of promotion and it is just your website that does. This is the main motivation behind adding NoFollow automatically to all links posted as comments.
For some reason, however, people would like to disable NoFollow on their website because turning it off will get you more comments. NoFollow discourages people to comment on posts because it does not fetch them any kind of publicity and promotion. On the other hand, if NoFollow was turned off, more people would feel compelled to comment and this can add to the participation level of your WordPress site. This will improve the overall worth of your posts because the number of comments will show how interesting your posts are.
There is a great downside to turning NoFollow off – increased spams. More spammers will try to publish comments on your WordPress site and if you have comment moderation turned on, most of your time will be spent simply filtering out the worthy content from spam. This sounds like a great headache.
If you still wish to turn NoFollow off for your WordPress comments and think there are more pros than cons in your particular case, follow the following steps:
- Install and activate Remove NoFollow plugin for your WordPress site.
- Go to Settings > Remove NoFollow.
- Configure the plugin to remove NoFollow attributes from comments and the comment author’s links.
- Click on Update Options to save the settings.
Now, you can test if the changes have been made or not. Simply right click a link in any comment and click on Inspect Element. You will notice that there is no rel = “nofollow” attribute in the link and it can now be used for SEO manipulation. It is easy to get back to previous settings if you start receiving