doesn’t link back


I ran my domain through IndieWebify.me. Almost all of the rel=“me” links either don’t link back or couldn’t be fetched. The following work perfectly and can be used with the IndieAuth authentication plug-in1.

That’s 4 out of 43. Most of these profiles have links back to my website. I know for sure that my keybase.io, and instagram and medium profiles have a link to my website. So why are many of these being reported as don’t link back?

I ran Chris Aldrich’s boffosock.com domain through and I saw similar results.

I ran my Instagram profile through IndieWebify.com and got this interesting result.

 IndieWebify.me Screen Shot 2017 12 03 at 9.30.14 AM

That explains why Instagram doesn’t link back. Instagram isn’t using the supplied information to create a microformated profile. There are no rel=“me” links in my Instagram profile page.

In the HTML source for my GitHub profile, I can easily find the HTML that links back to my web site.

<a href="https://islandinthenet.com" class="u-url" rel="nofollow me">https://islandinthenet.com</a&gt;

 Screen Shot 2017 12 03 at 9.24.49 AM

So … what’s the point of filling out all the extended profile field provided by the microformats2 plugin if very few of the social media silos link back my web site?

 Screen Shot 2017 12 03 at 10.28.29 AM

I also noted that IndieWebify.me parsed the h-card on my web site and


  1. Which breaks the ability to use the official Automattic image export plugin for Adobe Lightroom. 
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