How to Remove NoFollow in Typepad Comments

For the past few weeks, Andy Beard and Dawud Miracle (among others) have led a charge to elimnate nofollow from comments.

I’ve agreed all along and believe I’ve conquered the TypePad barrier to the nofollow format. Up until tonight, if you’ve left a comment (and I thank you), there has been a redirect page and a nofollow link. This means that search engines ignore your link (not good).

As part of Reader Appreciation Week, I wanted to invest the time in finding the fix so that comments on this site will be found by search engines.

If you’re a customer of mine and want this done – email me. If you’re not a customer and want this done, email me (and you’ll soon become a customer:-)). If you want to DIY, the instructions follow.

First, you need to have a Typepad Pro account and Advanced Templates. The first change is to the module "comment-list"

Old comment-list module
<!– comment list –>
    <a id="comment-<$MTCommentID$>"></a>
    <div class="comment" id="comment-<$MTCommentID$>">
        <div class="comment-content">
        <p class="comment-footer">
            <$MTTrans phrase="Posted by:"$>
            <$MTCommentAuthorLink spam_protect="1"$> |
            <a href="<$MTEntryPermalink$>#comment-<$MTCommentID$>"><$MTCommentDate$></a>


New comment-list module:

Update: Added spam_protect attribute and tested

Then modify your entry-individual module from <$MTWeblogIncludeModule module=”comment-list”$> to <$MTInclude module=”comment-list”$>.

If you’re not using Advanced Templates, you probably don’t have the entry-indivual module set-up.  If you want to learn more about Advanced Templates and Default Modules, refer to Typepad’s Knowledge Base

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