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No-NoFollow Wordpress Plugin


WordPress 1.5 (a Weblog/CMS software) comes with “nofollow” enabled by default, with no option to disable it! This plugin provides an option to disable “nofollow” in the most efficient way possible without altering any WordPress code.


Any comment URL (author URL or URL in comment body) posted by the viewers of a WordPress powered site are automatically tagged as "nofollow". This means that the search engines wouldn't follow the URL's listed and hence a commenter wouldn't get the benefit of commenting on this site by way of increasing their (websites) search engine rank (like Google rank). This is supposed to act as disincentive to comment spammers. In reality this acts as a strong disincentive to comment on a site by legitimate viewers.

Many of the bloggers, including myself, proactively (and successfully) take steps to prevent comment spam. NoFollow has been an utter failure over the years in preventing blog spam. We seriously doubt the efficacy of this measure in preventing comment spam. We believe in choice. Let the decision to allow/disallow nofollow be in the hands of the bloggers not WordPress authors.

This plugin provides a way to remove the nofollow tags introduced automatically by the WordPress software in the URL's in comment and comment author URL. The implementation is as optimal as possible without altering WordPress code.


WordPress 1.5 Plugin - Strip nofollow directives from Comment and Comment Author URLs


  1. wp_rel_nofollow(), a default filter to add nofollow to hyperlinks, has been removed.
  2. make_clickable, a default filter which converts URLs to hyperlinks by a similar function. However this function (make_normal_clickable) doesn’t add the nofollow directive.
  3. get_comment_author_link() behavior is modified using the strip_nofollow filter which removes the nofollow directive.


  1. Upload or move the plugin file (follow.php) to your wp-content/plugins directory
  2. Log in to WordPress
  3. Click Plugins from the main menu
  4. Scroll to find the name of the plugin - Follow URL, and click Activate


  1. Log in to WordPress
  2. Click Plugins from the main menu
  3. Scroll to find the name of the plugin - Follow URL, and click Deactivate

This disables the plugin. You can also delete the follow.php file from wp-content/plugins directory for permanent removal.