Usually yes… but some backlinks are better than others!
There is a war being waged on the Internet of which you may not be aware. This war is about traffic and getting you to go to a web site if you need information or even better, to buy something. Search engines index sites so that when you want something, they can give you the results they think best suit your needs. Those sites listed want to be ranked as highly as possible, which means they look for means to make the search engines rank them as high as possible. One way that this happens is by making a site appear popular and relevant. If you want this for your site, you may run across the terms nofollow and dofollow social bookmarking sites. You should know the difference and act accordingly.
First, you should understand what social bookmarking sites really are. These are not as popular as they once were, but there are still plenty of people that still use them. This is where Internet users can find an article or web site that they like and save it on a list of their favorites. They can then share this list with others that may have the same interests as them. When these lists are made, they create something called backlinks. The user does not realize it, but they have just created a nofollow or dofollow social bookmarking back link for your site, blog, or article.
These links can help a web site gain popularity, get hits, and most importantly, how a search engine that the page is relevant to the keywords contained within. The search engines will follow any links on a website, in this case, social bookmarking sites, back to the site linked. In theory, this is a good thing as it means the site linked, hopefully yours, gains clout in search rankings. The more back links that you have, the higher your site is going to rank when someone searches for what you have to offer or an article on your site. This is where the difference between nofollow and dofollow social bookmarking links come into play.
Hey – some links are better than others! Nofollow links are not the same as dofollow!
In an effort to get traffic and rankings, some sites will go out and sign up for bookmarking sites and bookmark their own links, thus creating much coveted back links for search engine optimization. These social bookmarking sites wised up to this long ago and made a choice if they wanted the links to be dofollow or nofollow. Dofollow social bookmarking, as the name suggests, allows the search engine to follow the link thus boosting search engine rankings. Nofollow tells the search engine not to follow, thus the link does nothing for ranking.
It would be nice for web site owners if all were dofollow social bookmarking sites, but this is not the case. The reason is because people were posting junk links just for rankings without any rhyme or reason. Those sites that wanted to be relevant and to have links that did not annoy their users decided to go nofollow. That way there is no point in posting links just for traffic. They feel this gives a better product to their users. You can find both dofollow and nofollow, but it might take some looking to search out what you need.
If you need a good backlink – consider adding your blog’s RSS feed to RSS6 Directory. You’ll get some nice juicy dofollow links!