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Rheumatoid Arthritis Warrior and “Do Follow”


Rheumatoid Arthritis Warrior is now a “do follow” blog.

I wanted to let you know that we’ve taken the plunge into “do follow.” That is a change because WordPress blogs are “no follow” by default.  In case you are wondering…

Why “do follow”?

Here is a brief explanation of why “do follow” is an issue for blogs. Here is a longer article addressing a few more questions about “do follow.” Everything that I have done on this blog has been with an open hand. I want to do anything that I can contribute to the blogging community or the growing RA awareness movement. If we were all “do follow,” it would be a better blogging world.

It’s easy to do

Here is a good “do follow” plug-in with a good explanation of the “no follow” issue. You can change it easily on blogger too. Here’s how one blogger tells how to remove “no follow” on Blogspot blogs.

What’s the point of “do follow”?

When we comment on one another’s blogs, the “no follow” tag stops the search engines from passing on any recognition or value to the linker. “Do follow” removes the “no follow” tags so that the links function the way the internet was meant to function, with an unbroken chain or flow of authority.

The usual “do follow” badge has reciprocating arrows to show that “do follow” links in are effect a Thank you to commenters. And it’s good to say Thank you.  The people who comment on the Rheumatoid Arthritis Warrior blog help make it a really cool site.

If there is a spam problem

Spam will be blocked. Spam disguised as invaluable comments will be deleted. Don’t bother dropping links here.

So, how about you? Are you a “do follow” blog yet?

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Kelly O'Neill

Kelly O'Neill (formerly Kelly Young) has worked about 12 years as an advocate helping patients to be better informed and have a greater voice in their healthcare. She is the author of the best-selling book Rheumatoid Arthritis Unmasked: 10 Dangers of Rheumatoid Disease. Kelly received national acknowledgement with the 2011 WebMD Health Hero award. She is the president of the Rheumatoid Patient Foundation. Through her writing and speaking, she builds a more accurate awareness of rheumatoid disease (RD) aka rheumatoid arthritis (RA) geared toward the public and medical community; creates ways to empower patients to advocate for improved diagnosis and treatment; and brings recognition and visibility to the RA patient journey. In addition to RA Warrior, she writes periodically for newsletters, magazines, and websites. There are over 60,000 connections of her highly interactive Facebook page. You can also connect with Kelly on Twitter or YouTube, or LinkedIn. She created the hashtag: #rheum. Kelly is a mother of five, longtime home-schooler, NASA enthusiast, and NFL fan. She has lived over fourteen years with unrelenting RD. See also https:/rawarrior.com/kelly-young-press/

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15 thoughts on “Rheumatoid Arthritis Warrior and “Do Follow”

  • November 9, 2009 at 7:22 am

    It’s very sad that the spammers were so prolific that they have to default to “No Follow”. I am going to have to check blogger and see if it is set that way as well.

  • November 9, 2009 at 7:33 am

    :evilgrin: Jules, from what I’ve read it is. But it’s easy to switch. Checkout the link in the post, especially for Blogger / Blogspot to change to “do follow.” Let me know if it works for you.

  • November 9, 2009 at 8:40 am

    hmmm. I will have to investigate on typepad. anyone out there know about that?

  • November 9, 2009 at 2:00 pm

    Kelly, as usual, you’re on top of things and I’m about 10-12 steps behind. Thanks for the info. I checked into it and am now a Do Follow blog as well.

    Thanks again, how do you do it? I barely have time to turn my computer on somedays, but you are always on top of everything.

  • November 10, 2009 at 6:44 pm

    Thanks for the info, Kelly. I’m going to change my blog to “do follow”, too — as soon as I figure out how! ;o)

    • November 10, 2009 at 6:50 pm

      Great Wren, let me know if you have any trouble. It should be easy. Can you just use the same plugin I linked to in the post?

  • December 2, 2009 at 6:20 pm

    It should be easy.
    I seem to be missing something. I followed the link, but have no idea what to do next.

    • December 2, 2009 at 7:02 pm

      Hi Warm,
      On the plugin page, click to download on the blue link. choose zip or not zipped. (Whichever you usually choose.)Then do as you always do with a plugin. If its a nightmare, email me. It may take me a day, but I’ll be glad to try to help.

      • December 2, 2009 at 8:53 pm

        Then do as you always do with a plugin
        Ah, well, the only plugins with which I’m familiar are those smelly things that change the odor in a room when inserted into an electrical outlet. 🙂 Downloading was the easy part; after that I got stuck. I’ll email you if I can’t find more info. Thank you.

      • December 2, 2009 at 9:12 pm

        Okay, what I learned is that plugins work with wordpress.org blogs, but not with wordpress.com sites. Since I opted for the free dotcom option, plugins won’t work for me. At least for now.

        • December 2, 2009 at 9:27 pm

          :laugh: yikes. we were typing at the same time. its been a rough day. From what i’ve read, wordpress.com doesn’t make that easy. I’ve never seen one behind the scenes. If you can get into your HTML, it would be a good thing if you could manually remove the no follow tags on your list of blogs you recommend at least or for anyone else you want to. If you can, you would just delete this from any link you want to. Here is what it looks like: rel=”nofollow”
          Removing those words makes it a regular “follow” link. 😎

          • December 2, 2009 at 9:32 pm

            Almost makes me want to switch. Thank you so much for your help.

  • December 2, 2009 at 9:15 pm

    I’m sorry. Most people with WordPress have several plugins. heres how:
    1-download the zip version / save on your computer in downloads
    2 on left in dashboard:find “add new” under Plugins
    3-at top of page, click “upload”
    4-click browse. find it on your computer. double click
    5-click “install now”
    6- click “activate”

    I had to retype this 3 times because IE was acting up. Hope I got it right. Lmk 😕

    • December 2, 2009 at 9:30 pm

      I’m so confused!
      1. got it. I downloaded the file to my computer.
      2. My dashboard shows
      -blog stats
      -blog surfer
      -my comments
      -tag surfer
      -my blogs
      Nothing about plugins.
      It must be the dotcom/dotorg thing. I sure appreciate all your help. Thank you.


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