How To Get A Followed Link From Klout In 1 Simple Step

I sort of feel bad for Klout these days, you know with Pinterest being the site du jour for ego stroking and whatnot.

And while Klout is probably one of those sites you love to hate and hate to love, according to TechCrunch, the four-year-old Klout has over 100,000,000 users. So, the EgoNetwork does indeed have some clout.

One time Klout sent me a brand of pencil I think they said Ernest Hemingway used to gnaw on for inspiration. Other than that, Klout’s not done much for me, but I may have found the most redeeming, worthwhile thing about Klout—getting a followed link to my blog.

How to get a followed link from Klout in one simple step

This is not a hack. I don’t know anything about hacking or gaming systems, it’s just a random discovery.

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To get a followed link from Klout, all I did was drop a link to this blog in my publically displayed Klout profile.

At first I didn’t believe Klout actually gave me a followed link, but sure enough the link to my blog is followed. And I have to thank John Doherty, a NYC-based SEO, for doing the technical research to validate my discovery that the link in the Klout profile is followed.

So if you already have a link to your blog or site in your public Klout profile, congrats, you’ve got yourself a followed link from a site with a Domain Authority of 87. If not, you know what to do next.

At some point in the future I expect Klout to either eliminate the ability for you to drop a link in your profile or they will add a no-follow attribute. But hey, get in on the fun while it lasts.

Oh, in case you’re not sure what a followed link is—a followed link to your site, in the eyes of Google, it's about as good as it gets.

Nostrovia.

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  • http://www.paligap.com/ Iain Bartholomew

    Good spot. Seems to work out for now.

    • http://www.davidmcohen.com/ David Cohen

      Yeah this was a fun discovery. And even if the amount of link equity passed is low in the eyes of Google, it’s at least another way people can directly find and connect to your site and content. 

  • iainbartholomew

    Good spot. Seems to work out for now.

    • http://www.davidmcohen.com/ David Cohen

      Yeah this was a fun discovery. And even if the amount of link equity passed is low in the eyes of Google, it’s at least another way people can directly find and connect to your site and content. 

  • iainbartholomew

    Good spot. Seems to work out for now.

    • http://www.davidmcohen.com/ David Cohen

      Yeah this was a fun discovery. And even if the amount of link equity passed is low in the eyes of Google, it’s at least another way people can directly find and connect to your site and content. 

  • Alex

    I must be missing something. I don’t see where to add a link. All I see are networks that I can connect.

    • http://www.davidmcohen.com/ David Cohen

      Sorry, Alex, I should have explained how to do this. Go to your main Klout profile, look at the top nav bar, far right, drop down the menu and hit ‘settings’. On the next page scroll down a bit to the box where you can update your profile.

      In that box, update it with whatever you want and drop your link in there. And be sure to choose the ‘use this instead’ option. Don’t select the ‘use about text from Twitter’ option. If you have any other questions on this please let me know.

      • http://twitter.com/JamesPiper90 James Piper

        Thanks for the update David! I was muddling through trying to figure how to place the link. Very awesome tip!

        P.S. Your Twitter bio made me laugh :) . I thoroughly enjoyed it.

        • http://www.davidmcohen.com/ David Cohen

          You’re welcome, James, glad you’re able to make it work. Hopefully Klout doesn’t catch on to this for awhile.

          • adamnason

            when I go to add a link without a href code, it doesn’t create a link. And when I add it with a href code, it keeps the anchor there.

            http://klout.com/#/adamnason

          • http://www.davidmcohen.com/ David Cohen

            Hi Adam. When I dropped my link into my Klout profile, I didn’t use the HTML tag, I just literally copy and pasted the link to my blog, deselected the ‘use about text from Twitter’ option. 

      • http://twitter.com/idsocialmedia Incept Design

        Thanks

        • http://www.davidmcohen.com/ David Cohen

          You’re welcome, enjoy.

  • Alex

    I must be missing something. I don’t see where to add a link. All I see are networks that I can connect.

    • http://www.davidmcohen.com/ David Cohen

      Sorry, Alex, I should have explained how to do this. Go to your main Klout profile, look at the top nav bar, far right, drop down the menu and hit ‘settings’. On the next page scroll down a bit to the box where you can update your profile.

      In that box, update it with whatever you want and drop your link in there. And be sure to choose the ‘use this instead’ option. Don’t select the ‘use about text from Twitter’ option. If you have any other questions on this please let me know.

      • http://twitter.com/JamesPiper90 James Piper

        Thanks for the update David! I was muddling through trying to figure how to place the link.

        Also, thanks for the tip :)

        • http://www.davidmcohen.com/ David Cohen

          You’re welcome, James, glad you’re able to make it work. Hopefully Klout doesn’t catch on to this for awhile.

          • adamnason

            when I go to add a link without a href code, it doesn’t create a link. And when I add it with a href code, it keeps the anchor there.

            http://klout.com/#/adamnason

          • http://www.davidmcohen.com/ David Cohen

            Hi Adam. When I dropped my link into my Klout profile, I didn’t use the HTML tag, I just literally copy and pasted the link to my blog, deselected the ‘use about text from Twitter’ option. 

      • http://twitter.com/idsocialmedia Incept SEO

        Thanks

        • http://www.davidmcohen.com/ David Cohen

          You’re welcome, enjoy.

  • Alex

    I must be missing something. I don’t see where to add a link. All I see are networks that I can connect.

    • http://www.davidmcohen.com/ David Cohen

      Sorry, Alex, I should have explained how to do this. Go to your main Klout profile, look at the top nav bar, far right, drop down the menu and hit ‘settings’. On the next page scroll down a bit to the box where you can update your profile.

      In that box, update it with whatever you want and drop your link in there. And be sure to choose the ‘use this instead’ option. Don’t select the ‘use about text from Twitter’ option. If you have any other questions on this please let me know.

      • http://twitter.com/JamesPiper90 James Piper

        Thanks for the update David! I was muddling through trying to figure how to place the link.

        Also, thanks for the tip :)

        • http://www.davidmcohen.com/ David Cohen

          You’re welcome, James, glad you’re able to make it work. Hopefully Klout doesn’t catch on to this for awhile.

          • adamnason

            when I go to add a link without a href code, it doesn’t create a link. And when I add it with a href code, it keeps the anchor there.

            http://klout.com/#/adamnason

          • http://www.davidmcohen.com/ David Cohen

            Hi Adam. When I dropped my link into my Klout profile, I didn’t use the HTML tag, I just literally copy and pasted the link to my blog, deselected the ‘use about text from Twitter’ option. 

      • http://twitter.com/idsocialmedia Incept SEO

        Thanks

        • http://www.davidmcohen.com/ David Cohen

          You’re welcome, enjoy.

  • Ryan Ricketts

    Are we sure this will be followed? It looks like the profile description is added later to the page using a technology other than HTML. When I view source, I can’t find my profile description in the code.

    • http://www.davidmcohen.com/ David Cohen

      As far as we can tell, it’s been indexed as a followed link. When SEOMoz comes out with their next linkscape update on 2/29, I’ll certainly be looking at the report to re-confirm our findings. 

    • http://SEO-Website-Designer.com/ Tiggerito

      Looks like your right. The description is added via JavaScript in quite a convoluted way, so I’d doubt it will be found by a search engine. 

      Still nice to put it in anyhow.

      • http://SEO-Website-Designer.com/ Tiggerito

        Some more investigation and it seems the search engines are shown a different version of the profile (without the # in the URL) which is in plain HTML and does include the link.

        My vote has switched to Yey.

        • http://www.davidmcohen.com/ David Cohen

          Hi Tiggerito. Thanks for putting some investigative work into this, appreciate it, and for your update here in the comments.

  • Ryan Ricketts

    Are we sure this will be followed? It looks like the profile description is added later to the page using a technology other than HTML. When I view source, I can’t find my profile description in the code.

    • http://www.davidmcohen.com/ David Cohen

      As far as we can tell, it’s been indexed as a followed link. When SEOMoz comes out with their next linkscape update on 2/29, I’ll certainly be looking at the report to re-confirm our findings. 

    • http://SEO-Website-Designer.com/ Tiggerito

      Looks like your right. The description is added via JavaScript in quite a convoluted way, so I’d doubt it will be found by a search engine. 

      Still nice to put it in anyhow.

      • http://SEO-Website-Designer.com/ Tiggerito

        Some more investigation and it seems the search engines are shown a different version of the profile (without the # in the URL) which is in plain HTML and does include the link.

        My vote has switched to Yey.

        • http://www.davidmcohen.com/ David Cohen

          Hi Tiggerito. Thanks for putting some investigative work into this, appreciate it, and for your update here in the comments.

  • Ryan Ricketts

    Are we sure this will be followed? It looks like the profile description is added later to the page using a technology other than HTML. When I view source, I can’t find my profile description in the code.

    • http://www.davidmcohen.com/ David Cohen

      As far as we can tell, it’s been indexed as a followed link. When SEOMoz comes out with their next linkscape update on 2/29, I’ll certainly be looking at the report to re-confirm our findings. 

    • http://SEO-Website-Designer.com/ Tiggerito

      Looks like your right. The description is added via JavaScript in quite a convoluted way, so I’d doubt it will be found by a search engine. 

      Still nice to put it in anyhow.

      • http://SEO-Website-Designer.com/ Tiggerito

        Some more investigation and it seems the search engines are shown a different version of the profile (without the # in the URL) which is in plain HTML and does include the link.

        My vote has switched to Yey.

        • http://www.davidmcohen.com/ David Cohen

          Hi Tiggerito. Thanks for putting some investigative work into this, appreciate it, and for your update here in the comments.

  • http://keithbrown.com/ Keith

    Thanks David and great find!

    • http://www.davidmcohen.com/ David Cohen

      You’re welcome, Keith. Cheers.

  • http://keithbrown.com/ Keith

    Thanks David and great find!

    • http://www.davidmcohen.com/ David Cohen

      You’re welcome, Keith. Cheers.

  • http://keithbrown.com/ Keith

    Thanks David and great find!

    • http://www.davidmcohen.com/ David Cohen

      You’re welcome, Keith. Cheers.

  • Suraj Sodha

    Nice find!

    • http://www.davidmcohen.com/ David Cohen

      Thanks, Suraj.

  • Suraj Sodha

    Nice find!

    • http://www.davidmcohen.com/ David Cohen

      Thanks, Suraj.

  • Suraj Sodha

    Nice find!

    • http://www.davidmcohen.com/ David Cohen

      Thanks, Suraj.

  • Charles McLaughlin Piché

    Nice find, thanks for sharing! 

    From what I see your Klout page last indexing was January 4 and the link wasn’t there, you probably added it after? ( http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:_ASopBrLSx8J:klout.com/explorionary&hl=en&client=firefox-a&strip=1 )

    That’s worth creating few backlinks to the clout page, mine isn’t indexed now.

    Nice blog btw, I like the responsive design! Is it a custom theme?

    • http://www.davidmcohen.com/ David Cohen

      Charles, yes, I literally just dropped the link to my blog in my Klout profile on Wednesday, Feb 22nd, so well after January 4th. 

      Yes, the blog is a custom theme, designed it with a friend in Illustrator. And I’m using Skeleton to make it responsive/mobile-friendly. Thanks!

  • Charles McLaughlin Piché

    Nice find, thanks for sharing! 

    From what I see your Klout page last indexing was January 4 and the link wasn’t there, you probably added it after? ( http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:_ASopBrLSx8J:klout.com/explorionary&hl=en&client=firefox-a&strip=1 )

    That’s worth creating few backlinks to the clout page, mine isn’t indexed now.

    Nice blog btw, I like the responsive design! Is it a custom theme?

    • http://www.davidmcohen.com/ David Cohen

      Charles, yes, I literally just dropped the link to my blog in my Klout profile on Wednesday, Feb 22nd, so well after January 4th. 

      Yes, the blog is a custom theme, designed it with a friend in Illustrator. And I’m using Skeleton to make it responsive/mobile-friendly. Thanks!

  • Charles McLaughlin Piché

    Nice find, thanks for sharing! 

    From what I see your Klout page last indexing was January 4 and the link wasn’t there, you probably added it after? ( http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:_ASopBrLSx8J:klout.com/explorionary&hl=en&client=firefox-a&strip=1 )

    That’s worth creating few backlinks to the clout page, mine isn’t indexed now.

    Nice blog btw, I like the responsive design! Is it a custom theme?

    • http://www.davidmcohen.com/ David Cohen

      Charles, yes, I literally just dropped the link to my blog in my Klout profile on Wednesday, Feb 22nd, so well after January 4th. 

      Yes, the blog is a custom theme, designed it with a friend in Illustrator. And I’m using Skeleton to make it responsive/mobile-friendly. Thanks!

  • Randy Hilarski

    Good stuff David!  Thanks for keeping us up to date.

    • http://www.davidmcohen.com/ David Cohen

      You’re welcome, Randy.

  • Randy Hilarski

    Good stuff David!  Thanks for keeping us up to date.

    • http://www.davidmcohen.com/ David Cohen

      You’re welcome, Randy.

  • Randy Hilarski

    Good stuff David!  Thanks for keeping us up to date.

    • http://www.davidmcohen.com/ David Cohen

      You’re welcome, Randy.

  • SanjayKumar99

    how come i missed this site this many days

  • rownco

    I’ve just come across this post today David and it looks like they’ve completely changed they way of which they handle logged out users since you posted this.

    Now, if you’re logged out and you go to a profile page, you’re presented with the log-in screen so Google won’t be able to see the profiles anymore.

    • http://www.davidmcohen.com/ David Cohen

      Thanks for the update, Peter. I guess it was fun while it lasted. I just created a profile on Microsoft’s new social network and was able to drop a link to my blog in my profile. Looks like it may be followed, but still need to confirm for sure.

      • http://peterb.rown.co.uk/ Peter Brown

        so.cl ? Where did you add the link? I added a description with a link, within the settings however it didn’t seem to show on my profile page which seemed strange. I added a post though containing a link and the link is indeed followed.

        You can’t access profile pages if you have Javascript turned off though so unfortunately, for a links point of view, it’s pointless.

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