Sharing Some Love

July 19, 2008

LinkLove that is…

You may notice a new logo on this blog saying ‘u comment i follow’. Essentially, this is a way of giving back to you readers. If you comment on your site, the link to your blogs will credited by way of search engine/technorati indexing.

(logo from randa clay’s website)

By default, wordpress adds the rel=”nofollow” tag to all commentor’s (commentator?) links. This instructs search engines to not follow this link while indexing this page. This is supposed to help reduce search engine and comment spam.

But the efficacy of this attribute is dubious:

“Link spammers will continue to spam everyone to reach the sites that do not use rel=”nofollow” [link]

“Of course it didn’t deter spammers at all. And people who comment properly and regularly on your blog weren’t getting as much value as they could from doing so.” [link]

“Worse, nofollow has another, more pernicious effect, which is that it reduces the value of legitimate comments.” [link]

So here’s my experiment.

I have taken this attribute off my blog as a little token of appreciation to you guys. If i start getting a lot of spam, i might make this a little more strict, but till then, you comment i follow.

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6 Responses to “ Sharing Some Love ”

  1. Lekhni on July 19, 2008 at 8:15 pm

    How did you do that? Did you install the “dofollow” plugin or did you do it some other way. I am thinking of doing this too..

  2. amreekandesi on July 19, 2008 at 11:57 pm

    I used a plugin called ‘no follow free’. It gives a bunch of features and you can configure the settings.

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  4. this movement was really great. sharing some link love throughout the blogosphere was one of the best things a blogger can do, :)

  5. Wordpress or Not | on November 11, 2008 at 10:19 pm

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  6. lata on December 8, 2008 at 9:36 am

    It is easy to hit back but very difficult to refrain from doing so.
    violence can’t be countered by violence.One has to show maturity .It should be the last resort.After all no normal human being wants bloodshed.Every one wants peavce and harmony.terrorists are after all sick people whose mind and soul is already shattered.They need to be pitied.

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