Tuesday, August 21, 2007

No Follow Nonsense

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From a comment on a blog circa 2005: "I guess some day people will find a way to abuse the nofollow attribute, and many will not understand how to use it correctly." That day is here!

The nofollow tag (AKA “link condom”) is over two and a half years old. Some of the "blog is a popularity contest" bloggers are making a big deal about removing "No Follow" from their blogs. Big mistake.

Almost all of my best commenters are also among my favorite bloggers. Translation: it won't matter to good bloggers.

Here's an excellent article which should shed a little light on "No Follow"---
The NoFollow Experiment.

I've been able to search specific phrases found only in this blog's comments: they show up in Google every time! So they ARE being followed! Remove "No Follow?" I wouldn't!

The following was posted by an irate reader on MomGadget blog: "You deleted or put a nofollow on a comment of mine because I used the screen name AV Enthusiast, which I have also used in web forums. Yes, my web site is also called AV Enthusiast. The site is neither spam, nor adult, and I posted a comment on your blog because I read an article of yours and had something to chime in with. If I remember correctly, you even responded, and I replied again.

Here, I’ll post with my first initial and last name. I understand not wanting to be deluged by comment spam, but don’t punish people who are legitemately (sp?) commenting on one of your articles.

Six Apart - News and Events: Support for nofollow
What Does Rel=”NoFollow” Mean? | Spam Whackers Blog

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  1. Dave, what really matters is CONTENT. You have a quality blog. By the way, I notice Technorati is broken again. My link to one of your posts has vanished. When will Technorati ever get that thing working correctly?

  2. I was recently looking through Technorati’s panel of links to my site, and a few popped up labeled as coming from a nofollow plugin. (Which did beg the question about why they registered…but I’m not really knowledgeable about that stuff.) That’s a real downer. The trust just isn’t there. Punishes everyone because some yahoos out there like that jerk with the 'Technorati Train' spam like there’s no tomorrow.


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