One of the goals I have with (formerly is creating conversation around interesting and helpful topics. It’s dear to my heart that this be a wide, four-lane double highway where I write about a topic; you share you thoughts, feelings, experiences, etc; I comment back and the conversation begins.

Well, recently I crossed 750 comments on my blog. Not bad, I feel, for less than 3 months blogging.

For a while, I’ve been looking at this milestone as an opportunity to thank each of my commenters with a little link love. But I’ve had more than 70 of you comment on my blog. That would make a long, boring list of links, and serve little purpose to you, my readers.

And, since I’ve dropped the rel=nofollow attribute from all outgoing links in the comments, you’re getting link love each and every time you share in the conversation.

There have been some great conversations here in the past few weeks. That got me thinking, since my goal with IS conversation, why don’t we keep some of the really good ones going?

So what I’ve done is listed 6 of the richest conversations that have happened on in the past month or so. Each of these are on topics I, personally, want to continue to talk about. I’d like to hear your thoughts, ideas, perspectives, questions, suggestions around these. Most importantly, I want to learn from you. So please, join back in the conversation.

And on a topic that’s dear to my heart, making blogs more accessible to new and non bloggers, here’s two posts…

So, what do you have to add to the conversation?

Reader Interactions


  1. Dave Starr --- ROI Guy says


    It’s great to see a lot of smart bloggers taking this step and removing the foolish “No Follow” links. It seems to me that back in the early days setting “no follow” developed as a practice to try to avoid spammy comments … but goodness knows it didn’t work at that chore.

    Is there an easy way for the average “non-pro” to control these setting or even tell is s/he has them set on their blog?

  2. Dawud Miracle says


    Really, the thanks is due to you because it’s your and others comments that have made my blog successful. So thank you.

    I’m enjoying blogging very much – more than doing my work. More is to come, so stay tuned.


    I agree. Andy Beard has been running a campaign to encourage bloggers to drop the no-follow.

    You’re using WordPress, right? I suggest using Dofollow works great. Upload the plugin, activate it and you’re set.

  3. Dave Starr --- ROI Guy says

    Thanks, should have thought of Denis’s library first … he has given a lot to the community … the semilogic theme, even in the free version can do very well.

    Plug in installed, we should be following now. All we need is for the movement to spread and we can get back to where the idea of blogging originated … sharing.

  4. Randa Clay says

    Congratulations on your blogging success so far Dawud. I think you’re doing an outstanding job of stimulating really interesting discussion. I’m planning on taking off the nofollow on as well, following your excellent example.

  5. Peter Gillberg - Software Marketing Secrets says

    Soaping Your Blog 😉

    Hello David,

    I am hereby soaping your blog.

    First Impression
    Oh wow! A very nice site with great layout! I really like the fact that you have the introduction on top of the posts. This makes it easy to figure out what the blog is about.

    I also like your language and writing style.

    After scanning a couple of posts you have converted me to a returning reader. Very interesting subjects (I am definitely your target audience).

    A couple of things I miss when scanning the first page are testimonials of your services – what does your design clients thing of your services and references to clients you have worked with.

    About Driving Traffic
    Your Alexa score is about 1M which I find strange with so many responses to your posts.

    I am sure you have a pretty good feel for traffic driving tactics, but if you are not working with the following I would suggest you add it:
    1) Press releases
    2) Work on getting back links to get your PR up to 4.
    3) Pings, although I am assuming you have already done this.
    4) Long tail keywords, for example in your categories. Getting high ranking for “email marketing” is a pretty difficult task
    5) I would add an image of the special report to increase downloads of the “keyword myth”. I also assume you are sending updates to the downloaders of that report.

    Copywriting/Headline tips
    Not being a copywriter myself I don’t have much suggestions.

    I do find your post titles a little bit “wordy” sometimes. For example:

    “Maybe the best google video ever?”, why not: “The best google video ever?”

    “Hey Google, Follow Me: Giving More Link Love” –> “Time For Link Love” or something.

    Converting readers to clients
    – Offer testimonials
    – Offer client list
    – How has the 25 minutes consultation worked? If it isn’t getting you any calls I would remove it, if you have 25 minutes over it tells me you aren’t very busy = not in high demand
    – Are you sending regurly to your list? Otherwise do.

    I think that was it. Consider yourself soaped 🙂

    Peter Gillberg

  6. Karin Karin H. says

    Hi Dawud

    Congrats! 750 comments, boy that’s great!

    But on no-follow, don’t want to be a party pooper, but this is what I still see in emails follow-ups and on the page-source:

    (removed the “‘s and >’s to make sure it doesn’t converse back into a link

  7. Dawud Miracle says


    Happy to help.


    Thanks for the SOAPing. I briefly read your comments this morning and will do more in depth later this afternoon.

    Karin H.,

    Interesting…I removed nofollow from the source code of WP. What I didn’t catch was the plugin that I’ve used for “Quote Me.” It contains a nofollow also. I wouldn’t have caught that if you hadn’t brought it to my attention. Gone now. Thank you.

  8. Andy Beard says

    I haven’t looked into the exact way the plugins work, but maybe they hook the contents of a comment after it is prepared for being output.

    All links in my email subscriptions always contain nofollow, but they appear correctly on the blog, which is what counts.

    It is just the way DoFollow works


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