rel=nofollow pros and cons

nofollowI recently ran across another article about whether to use rel=nofollow in links from your visitors comments. Jonathan, the author, advocates installing the Dofollow Plugin For WordPress, which removes the rel-nofollow attribute in comments.

Is this a good idea?

In a previous article on this blog, I commented that using rel-nofollow may improve the quality of comments. While this may be true, it may also discourage commenting in general, certainly among the link-savvy. At the same time, it may discourage comments for the sake of a link to the commenter’s blog.

I think I have a solution to this for anyone who wants to develop a plugin to make the following idea happen.

Extending the publish/delete comment function in a blog, how about being able to publish with or without rel=nofollow? This way you can reward on-topic comments with links to a related blog, but still publish comments that are a bit off-topic, or do not link to a related blog. Such a plugin would flag which comments are which, and publish your rel=nofollow policy next to the comment form.

I have not yet installed the dofollow plugin, but I am considering it.

What is your opinion about rel=nofollow? Would you like to be able to rate the comments left on your blog and reward the most relevant ones? Are you more likely to leave quality comments on a blog which does follow links back to your blog? Your comments please!



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Discover Doug » Archives » How The Rel=Nofollow Tag Will Eventually Reduce Spam / April 27th, 2007, 6:06 pm / #

I switched to using a DoFollow plugin for close to a year but when I looked back on it I really didn’t increase the number of people commenting, other than spammers, so I removed the plugin.

I am now adding a top commenter that doesn’t use the NoFollow. I am sure that this will be a lot better than the DoFollow plugin I was using and with less spammers now.

James Mann / November 10th, 2008, 10:07 am / #

I’ve been considering using dofollow on my blogs simply because I tend leave more comments on blogs which are dofollow to gain the backlinks to my sites.

sure, there might be spam problem but tbh i get a lot of spam already so its definitely worth a shot.


Ric @ mistertortoise / February 12th, 2009, 7:58 am / #

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