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Is not "nofollow" a boon or a bane ?

Mar 22, 2008
Sometimes I do some blog hopping and I find a lot of good blogs out there. So I try to follow what they are doing in the hope of increasing my money from blogging. Lately I have noticed a lot of "U Comment I follow" sign. It is only now that I have discovered what they really meant.

The "U Comment I follow" sign basically means if you place a comment in a certain blog which has that sign, the search engines will follow the author's links, or the links placed on the comment itself. Eventually, this will result in the "commenter" getting a back link.

There are search engines (Like Google) who alleged that they do not follow the links in the comments. Some say that this is not true because of a test done. Other less popular search engines (like yahoo, msn etc.) say they treat the links as if it is any other link. No matter what they say, one thing is clear, disabling the "No follow" will both be advantagous to the owner of the blog and the commentor.

So what does "Nofollow" really mean? Google started out this controversy. They noticed that spammers are busy commenting on blogs so that they could a lot of back links (Take note that back links help boost a blog or website's search engine ranking) To prevent spammers from manipulating the search engine rankings, and to eventually stop spamming, Google started to implement the "nofollow" policy when it comes to comments. This move then became popular with other search engines.

The big question is did they succeed ? Unfortunately the answer is no. In fact spamming in websites and blogs are a much more bigger problem today than ever before. Spammers still spam. Word Press founder Matt Mullenweg made a terrific comment on this subject "In theory this should work perfectly, but in practice although all major blogging tools did this two years ago and comment and trackback spam is still 100 times worse now. In hindsight, I don't think nofollow had much of an effect, though I'm still glad we tried it."

With that in mind it makes no sense to continue to allow "nofollow" considering that it has no effect. (This is enabled by default) Spam filters are much more better in doing the job than continuing to allow "nofollow". Sadly, "no-follow" punishes the commentor with legitimate and sensible comments. As one blogger nicely says it "PUNISH SPAMMERS, NOT BLOGGERS."
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