Ever since I discovered the rel=nofollow attribute, which prevents Google from counting a link as significant as far as page rank is concerned, I have had mixed feelings about it. At first, I though it was a good thing, assuming that it would improve commenting quality and reduce spam. I have since changed my mind.
I have come to the conclusion that rel=nofollow is only good up to a point, and have removed this attribute on this blog, for those commenters who post at least three quality comments. This encourages people to come back and leave more than one comment, and gives me the right to ruthlessly delete any comment that is not quality.
For this reason, I have posted a policy on commenting on this site. If you leave comments which don’t appear or are deleted, reading this will give you a clue as to why it didn’t make the cut. I don’t plan to be ultra-strict or make it hard to comment, but I do expect good comments in return for commenters getting a page-rank-boosting link back to their site.
This allows me to be consistent with my initial opinion about rel=nofollow, and with my decision to promote blogsphere with meaningful links from comments.
Which nofollow Eliminating Plugin?
Having decided that rel=nofollow is history on this blog, the question became: which plugin?
Link Love removes the rel=nofollow from commenters after they have made a specified number of comments. The number is rather high: 10 comments, but you can change this. I will explain how to adjust the number of comments in Link Love in a separate post, but the short version is that you have to change something in the code. This is easy to do however, and you don’t have to be a programmer to change this value. I have changed it to 3, in other words, if you leave three quality comments on this blog, links from your comments count for something as far as Google is concerned. Ten is high for all but the most popular and heavily commented blogs, I would think.
You may wish to operate differently. Read Andy’s roundup of plugins to remove rel=nofollow and decide which plugin works best for you and your site.
Links to other articles on this subject:
- WordPress (a little background, and links to pro- and con- articles on the subject, as well as various plugins).
- The Marketing Technology Blog
DoFollow plugins for WordPress:
- DoFollow - a plugin that removes rel=nofollow from URLs in comments. “Optionally you can also set a comment age limit for adding the attributes.”
- WordPress Plugin Database - links to several dofollow plugins - and many other WordPress plugins!
- Andy Beard - lists several plugins with a brief description of each. Highly recommended.