Get Quality Photography Backlinks: Dofollow Blog With Page Rank 2

Why This Is Now A Dofollow Blog

do-follow-blogA year and a half ago I started this blog.  Mostly I just wanted a spot to upload a select few of my photos as I finished them and say a few words about them.  There was no long-term ambition for my blog until about 6 months ago.  That was when I officially retired from being a Real Estate Broker to follow my decades-long passion of photography.

It was then I decided that I did have some goals with this blog and I started learning a lot more about the blogging world.  This includes SEO, WordPress best practices, metrics, keyword research, landing pages, marketing.. all that stuff that takes a long time to pick up, digest, and then implement.  Along the way I even learned that there are special things that should be factored in for photography blogs.

I decided this week to make my website a  dofollow blog.  Let me tell you how that came about and why it’s important.

My Two Favorite Resources

There are a ton of resources online to help out with this.  Choosing what to read was a chore in itself but some things just kept floating to the top so I have come to rely on just a few sources for my information and  then do further research when one of those sources points out something that I feel needs my attention or that I’m ready to implement.  I would say that my two top resources are and the blog by Kim Castleberry;  If you are a blogger, you can’t go wrong with these two resources.  I know that there are plenty of others with really good information, I just happened to choose these and have a very high confidence level in the information  they put out.

Hubspot: I Love The Ebooks

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Sign up for their mailing list. offers a bookshelf full of free eBooks all about inbound marketing, landing pages, SEO, and website design and their ebooks are very easy to read and understand.  I first learned about Hubspot when I ran across a tool of their called “Website Grader.”  You put in the URL of a website and Hubspot analyzed it and spit out a score along with tips where there is room for improvement.  About 9 months ago, Hubspot replaced that tool with another one called “Marketing Grader.”  This is a FABULOUS tool and it tells you where you’re good to go with your website and where you might want to spend some time making improvements.  Use it early & often.

Just-Ask-Kim: Smart and Always Up-To-Date

Kim Castleberry has a beautiful blog and it’s crammed with awesome information.  She is really smart, especially about WordPress.  Her posts are always relevant and if I need information on something I’m working on at the moment, a quick search of her blog will turn up the information I need.  I love her videos, which she frequently embeds into her posts.  She is quick and the video’s never drag on.  I get so tired of finding videos where the speaker isn’t present or does not communicate well.  You will never experience that form any of Kim’s videos.

Her expert knowledge of the WordPress blogging platform helps me anytime I have a need or am trying to find a way to do something with my blog.  It’s great receiving her emails too because she is always on top of what’s new in WordPress so it’s easy for me to keep up with the upgrades and changes that happen almost daily.  So, I would also suggest that you subscribe to her email updates if you have a WordPress blog.

Build Backlinks With A Dofollow Blog

Right now my project is optimizing my blog. This week I found that my current challenge is to get quality backlinks from other websites to mine in order to increase my authority with Google in the quest to reach page 1.  Google still uses backlinks like a vote of confidence for the authority of a website. To get ranked higher by Google, you WANT more backlinks. Reading through Kim’s blog I learned that a really great way to is make the comments on my blog “dofollow.”  What that means, is that when somebody comments on a post of mine that they will get a backlink to their blog or website that Google will follow, in a good way, and they get a  little boost in their SEO.  By doing this and being a good citizen online, my blog will, in turn, be given backlinks by some of those commentors.  That’s just what the blogging community does for each other. By default, WordPress comments are always “Nofollow” so people who comment get no juice back to their sites.

To make your WordPress blog a Dofollow blog, there is a super simple plugin that you install that does it all completely automatically.  Yup, the plugin is called Dofollow.  It’s now installed on this blog so please feel free to find an article or photo that you like or want to comment on and get a quality backlink to YOUR website from mine.  This blog is a page rank 2 by Google, which is pretty good for the time I’ve been working on it.

What Is The Page Rank Of Your Website?

dofollow blog-page rank 2 - essenceinphotography

Using Google’s free page rank checker, I am happy to learn that EssenceInPhotography is a PR 2.

Just for fun, find out what your website page rank is. This is a free page rank checking tool.

Garden of the Gods at Dusk

Garden of the Gods-Dusk

Garden of the Gods at Dusk. Photo by Mai Vu
Nikon D-90, 28-105 lens, f5.6 ISO 2000, 1/160 sec. Made from single RAW file in Adobe Lightroom and NIK color efex pro.


My girlfriend, Mai, has the same camera as I.  A Nikon D-90.  We always have a great time together photographing and she is really good, although she hasn’t grown into that fact yet.  When I make my landscape photos I generally use my 11mm wide angle lens, while Mai likes to get in closer.  She made this photo at Garden of the Gods near Colorado Springs and I love the  color contrast in it that we were seeing at dusk this particular evening. That yellow sky is especially unique.


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  1. Wow this is fantastic. i have been wondering how to encourage people to comment on my blog instead of on FB. thank you for sharing and thank you to the people who created this option.

  2. I have gotten a few comments here and there though not necessarily for my photography. My blog site lacks SEO and only has a few viewers. So I really thank you for sharing this. I really want to drive people from my blog site to my portfolio site.

    Photography can be a great hobby or a cash-earning business. Either way, photographers must shoot so that others can enjoy their work.

    • Yes Andrew, it’s difficult at first to get comments. Just keep putting out great content regularly. It help a lot to actually tell your reders to comment or ask them a question at the end of your post that they can answer by commenting. Cheers!

  3. Thanks Keith for sharing your experiences.. I’m also trying to make the transition to giving up my day job to pursue photography more seriously. The information and tips you have provided is invaluable. Also love your photography landscapes. Cheers, Jenny

    • Jenny I sure know how difficult it is to make that decision. I wrestled with it for years. After some great coaching this year I realized that it was fear of not being good enough that held me back and that I was just making it up in my head. The fear is not real. Surrender to your passion and you will be so much happier doing what you love.

  4. I am a huge believer in the power of social media and how we can all help each other out. Thanks for the information here, Keith, this is a great post and I am going to look into doing the same on my blog to help out my fellow photographers. Many thanks, my friend, this is awesome.

    • That’s so great that you’re jumping on the bandwagon too. I’d love to get a list of photography websites that are dofollow so that we can all support our fellow togs. I do have a list of mostly non-photography websites. Some of them have a respectably high pagerank of 6 and 7.

      So let me know when you get your website open for commentors and I’ll put it on my dofollow list to share. Have a fabulous weekend!


  5. Great article, thanks for sharing! I have just started to think seriously about my blog as well, and have been wanting to improve it. Your article, and the pointers should be a big help! Tanks!

  6. Well congrats on turning this into a DoFollow blog, which prompted me to visit and leave my own comments. Your comments should increase. I appreciate the info on HubSpot, which I wasn’t aware of. I’ll go check it out.

  7. Thanks!! Hubspot rocks! thanks for sharing things about pagerank!!

    • The amount of free content Hubspot cranks out is just amazing and keep me busy reading it all. They have a lot to teach us newbie bloggers.

  8. Wow. There’s some very helpful comment here. I am just starting out as a professional over the last few months. I hadn’t realised quite how much I needed to know about SEO in order to get my site visible, even at a local level. I thinking building up a network of links that are genuinely relevant and contribute to the broader web community. I use Disqus currently for my web comments but I can see the benefits in developing dofollow on my own blog. Not least because I value comment and engagement and it is a great way to reward that.

    Does anyone know or have any experience of making Disqus comments sections do follow?

  9. I am new and amateur hobby photographer, and struggling for seo for my blog site
    This articles will definitely help me. Thanks for sharing

  10. Great article! Just putting together my blog and I will certainly use this plug in!

  11. Now I’m considering swapping my FB comments for WP dofollow WP comments! Thanks for the tip and Google Juice.

  12. Thank you so much for the dofollow information. I’m just about to activate the plugin.

  13. Your idea to make a dofollow blog is great !!
    This encourage comments, and give to us google visibility…this is a perfect win=win advantage !!!

  14. Je réalise que la passion de la photo peut amener à d’autres passions plus spécialisées.

  15. I’ve also made my blog dofollow. Not only does it encourage comments, but why not help the general community, right?

  16. I made my website dofollow. But there are spammers who tried to hit my website as many as times, which resulted in eating lots of bandwidth. Hence I removed the dofollow and made it as usual nofollow again.

    • Gourish this is also a bit of a problem for me. I’m finding that the Akismet plugin for wordpress catches most of the spammers. Looking at my Akismet stats for this month, there have been over 16,000 spammers caught by the plugin and only missed 51. So it caught 99.68%. I’m willing to deal with the ones that get through in order to give others the great backlinks. If it gets worse, maybe I’ll change my mind. Also, I’ve started using a new plugin that’s been around awhile called CommentLuv. This also gives do-follow backlinks and other benefits users who re-tweet a post or to logged-in users who comment.

  17. Thanks for good article! I quite recently started being engages in the blog seriously. It is sure that your article will render me the big help in it.

  18. Thanks for the great article! I think all photographers struggle with SEO at one time or another. My page is only visited by a limited number of people. So, I am just starting to learn about SEO, attracting people, etc.

  19. Interessant cet article, je suis bien d’accord, il est tres difficile d’aller en page 1 de google, le numérique a favorisé et augmenté le nombre de photographes, nous constatons ainsi un grande concurrence parme les photographes professionnels, et difficile de tirer son epingle du jeu.

  20. This is a great article! I have been an avid Marketing Grader fan for years and for a free service it gives some great information. Thanks for some great insight!

  21. I really liked reading youre post. Thank you for a good blog. keep it up :-)

    Best regards
    Thomas Mikkelsen

  22. Hi Captain Photo! Great advice and Ive just installed the “dofollow” plug in to my word press site where Ive only just started but there are plenty of things people can comment on to get a few backlinks. I have a site rating of 1 so hopefully will help a few micro nudges in the SEO world. There is also a topic on choosing a photographer so happy for people to blog away!
    I now have to battle my way to Manchester to do a wedding reception in a rear wheel drive car so wish me luck and happy blogging, kind regards Lewis Romane@wedding photographer

    • Can you tell me how I use the comment love tag it appears i wrote it wrong in my comment ;(

      • Lewis, I didn’t understand comment luv the first time I ran across it either. If you have your own blog, by commenting on mine ( or any other comment luv blog) you get a link WITH KEYWORDS back to your own blog. This is really helpful for SEO. If you have no blog, then it’s just the same as leaving a comment the regular way. I’m trying to help people get more google juice if I can. SO, to use it for a do-follow link, in the “name” field put your name and the keywords you want your blog to be found for. It will also allow you to show your most recent blog post at the end of your comment on my blog.

  23. While I appreciate you allowing photographers including me to get a valuable backlink. What’s a shame is the fact that we have to or feel compelled to spend our time getting links to our websites when we could all be spending it on more creative activities. I have two sites. My site is a PR4 site where as my site is 0 right now hence getting links.

    Wish you well.


  24. I hope this will help my sites thanks for the seo help very kind

  25. This is great! I see by my SEO quake toolbar that your site is now a PR:1. As a newbie it seems that I put more effort into learning and applying SEO than anything else. It can get quite frustrating so thank you so much for this.

  26. Great post, with some great ideas to drive traffic towards everyones website.

    Thanks so much, and for the obligatory cute baby picture please click below!

  27. When so many photography blogs are now nofollow it is nice to see a dofollow blog. Keep up the good work.

  28. thanks for the great article and the link :)

  29. I did the transition already, from regular job to my photography and 3D business. But now I’m facing all of this SEO web challenges and how to use my website better. Personally I’m finding it hard as I don’t really enjoy spending too much time on that kind of stuff but to the end of the day it seems like this is just part of how the business goes now days. I found some helpful links and information here on your blog page and I will give them an tray latter on hope they will help with something .

  30. Lots of great information here. I’ve been getting the Hubspot books for a while now and concur that they are a great resource for marketing info. i’ve also been on Kimberley’s email list for a while but have to say I haven’t really read much of her blog till now and it’s now bookmarked, as is yours. My site is currently ranked around pages 4/5 in Google so I’m doing a fair bit of backlink building. The dofollow plugin will be installed withiin the next 2 minutes.

  31. I made a genuine comment here about 4 days ago but it still doesn’t show up, so maybe it got lost in cyberspace?

    I wanted to ask whet you thought about the latest Google update of Feb and whether you think this has anything to do with dofollow blogs. I personally don’t think it does, and i’ve kept my blog a dofollow blog.

    Some other people have stopped using dofollow. Do you have an opinion or advice about this?

    • I’m no expert on this stuff. Just a photographer doing my best to give & get google juice where I can. What I see around the web is that dofollow is still worth something. Until I hear otherwise, I’ll keep this blog open to linking to related sites with dofollow links.

      I don’t know what may have happened to your previous comment. Akismet snags thousands of spam comments which i never see. It’s possible that Akismet isn’t 100% accurate. Glad we got you this time.

  32. heya! thanks for the info, i am subscribed to hubspot and you are def right they have amazing articles to help build your seo and backlinks. i will def check out the other website just ask kim. i have a photography business that deals with virtual tours, food and interior photgraphy and this is excatly what i was looking for! thanks again.

  33. Hi,
    Thanks for sharing. I agree that switching wordpress from “nofollow” to “dofollow” is a great idea to get more backlinks from commentators. However, we may get more spam comments or worthless comments which come from backlinks hunters. To fix the problem, we may need to add specific comment rules.

    • Yes that does happen to a certain extent Wilma. And the Askimet plugin does a stellar job of handling most of them. Still, a few get through. Not enough to be troublesome so far. For me, it’s important to be able to give out good link juice to other photographers and websites related to what we talk about here. Thanks for stopping by.

  34. Thank you for the info. I’m off to see whether my blog is a “dofollow” now!

  35. It is so awesome to see so many photographers start to do this! Your article did a great job explaining the benefits – so thank you for sharing that1

  36. Hi El Capitan! Give us a shout sometime, we’d like to send you a free sample of our photo mounting on either acrylic, bamboo or aluminum.. perhaps one of your HDR photos. Let me know!

    • Hi and I’m glad you found me. My photos, I’ve found, look great on aluminum or printed on metal paper. Your acrylic process I read about on your blog is intriguing. I will have to try that.


  37. Thank you for the post! Hopefully, it will help my website! I really appreciate it :)

  38. Awesome post! So much valuable information, thank you! I need to check my blog to see if it is a “do follow”!

  39. Thanks for the great tip on the dofollow! I’ve just recently started looking into this for my blog to help encourage people to comment!

    Thanks again!

  40. Great article and nice tip on the DoFollow links, keep up the great work!

  41. I’m seriously liking this HDR stuff, will look more into it, nice BLOG – love ya work!

  42. Nice work on the HDR!

  43. Thanks so much for the info!

  44. Thank you so much for this article! I have been trying to work on my SEO and also get more comments on my blogs. I have asked questions on my posts on facebook (I always link to my blog to see the entire session) but I forgot to do this on my blog as well! I do need to work on posting more regularly.

  45. This is outstanding news that your blog is a dofollow! It’s really going to let the community grow and provide for other photographers online. It even helps with getting traffic to a site since many people come running for dofollow blogs these days.

  46. Thanks for giving dofollow blog and providing so nice information. It will be really for us as today is searching for dofollow increasing and every one wanna share his links on that type of sites.

  47. This is a great article for wedding photo! I really like this article.When you will go in a wedding you will always want look beautiful but it is little expensive!!!Thanks fort this wonderful article!!!

  48. Awesome point on the do-follow, great tip! Also, that pic above is fabulous! Have you done any work at Zion NP?

  49. Great write up! This was the first that I had heard about the nofollow being part of wordpress. I was sure to install dofollow right away!! Cheers!!

  50. Great article, thanks for sharing, DoFollow has now been added to my sites and I’ve been a follower Hubspot for some time and never knew about the WP don’t follow attribute :(

  51. I also need backlinks for my Photography website . thank for sharing this article

  52. Thanks for sharing this awesome post.

  53. Thanks for posting this article. I have started my wedding photo business and was looking for ways to back links. I have a blog within my site. Should I start a separate one outside the site? Hey, if any of you guys out there want to get some links, please do so on my blog. I will as suggested, make it a do follow. You can guest blog there to, just email me and will make the needed links on the blog. Sorry, it wont be be that high quality, but better than nothing. It adds to your seo if anything, and remember, you only have to be better than the next guy. Most don’t do any SEO at all. Cheers :-)

  54. Many thanks for the DoFollow Info, I had no idea, I guess my blogs not been doing very well because of that … you’re a life saver

  55. I personally think that all blogs should be do follow, i have the option on my blog, i get alot of spam which i don’t want associated with my blog so i choose to choose!

  56. I appreciate the link, but do blog comments really even do anything anymore?

  57. Thanks for sharing – I will get that do follow plugin installed now! Great work by the way ;-)

  58. HI
    Nice one! I like the outfit of the characters. Wish i could do the same thing too but im not that techie.i like the outfit of “from farmer to warden”.. really interesting. photographer Seattle

  59. Nice work! Thanks very much for sharing your knowledge! It is really appreciated!

  60. Nice post. And besides the Google juice, this is an awesome way to foster more engagement with the photog community. Think I’ll install the plugin on my wedding photography blog. Thanks for sharing!

  61. Do-follow quality backlinks are important. In image prospective we can count that link as Infographics which points to our website.

  62. Thank you so much for the help and info on the dofollow links.

  63. I love Photography but I am not a professional photographer, but now I came to know how to capture a good picture and techniques about photography. Thank you very much Keith for sharing excellent tips.

  64. Very informative and useful information. Thank you for sharing and I am going to take your advice re backlinking. Starting of course with this comment. I look forward to more of your posts.

  65. nice share, thank’s for u r information….

  66. Lovely to met you, My name Wendy. I wanna learn about SEO. First, I try to be blog walking to improve my knowledge about SEO.
    And I really enjoy reading your post. Because it’s a new knowledge for me.
    Thank for your share. you give me new knowledge about SEO and I’m so curious about it. I wait your new post in the future. Thank you for your attention !

  67. Awesome article! And thanks for the website referral for Just-ask-kim…i’ll definitely be checking that out!

  68. Great piece…very helpful and easy to read…

  69. Thank you very much for this :)

    Katie xx

  70. This is great info! I will be come back here often to check out your photos and advice. My blog is also do-follow.

  71. Thanks for this article. I am working on trying to build back links to my website also. Great Job!

  72. Amazing photo site! And article, love your inspiration. Your a captain for sure on your field, keep it up!

  73. Hi Thank you very much for your nice post.
    I was searching for 1 hour to find such a post.

  74. Sure, just give me a shout at that email!

  75. Cheers! I’ll do that.

  76. I’ll do that. Cheers!


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