REL=Nofollow Removed (so now I have a Commenting Policy)

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.

In making this decision, I was influenced by posts on several other blogs, including JLH Design Blog, Sabastian’s blog, More Earnings via Search Engine Optimization, and weblog tools collection.

Which nofollow Eliminating Plugin?

Having decided that rel=nofollow is history on this blog, the question became: which plugin?

Via a short post on weblog tools collection, I discovered a succinct and useful roundup of plugins to remove rel=nofollow. Based Andy Beard’s list, I chose to use Link Love.

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:

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.



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Discover Doug » Archives » How The Rel=Nofollow Tag Will Eventually Reduce Spam / April 27th, 2007, 6:12 pm / #

Smart move! :D Even smarter to require at least 3 comments before the NOFOLLOW removal starts working ;)

The NOFOLLOW movement is great, and although I see why they would’ve added it in the first place, it’s easy to figure out that the advantages, at least for bloggers, are far greater than any disadvantages.

Encourages people to actively comment on your blog, and encourages you to actively comment on other people’s blog.

2Perfect / April 27th, 2007, 9:40 pm / #

We too have removed it. It’s too early to say the benefits of it but it sure hasn’t had any bad effects….


HOBO SEO / May 8th, 2007, 7:25 pm / #

Hey Shaun,

I noticed that your blog is mostly about the projects you have won. Fair enough!

But where is the lively section of your blog that would stimulate conversation and therefore comments? A link to that section would probably help …

Doug / May 8th, 2007, 10:41 pm / #

Hi Doug

To be honest we’re just beginning to realise the full potential of our blog, and I’m trying hard to cultivate “the lively section of your blog that would stimulate conversation and therefore comments”!

My sig should now taker you to my whitterings pages although this is a link to my latest posts:

Feel free to slag me off in any off the posts :)

Hobo / May 22nd, 2007, 3:05 pm / #

Hi Shaun,

I’m glad to hear to you are cultivating the conversational part of your blog. It looks like you have some interesting articles on the new section of your blog, which is great.

Doug / May 23rd, 2007, 10:05 am / #

Cheers Doug! That’s exactly the direction I’m hoping to take the site.

Hobo / August 5th, 2007, 9:36 pm / #

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