Link-Backs: Make Sure They Count

In an effort to help spur on more commenting. I’ve decided to remove the nofollow tag that is attached to any links in the comments.

From Wikipedia:

nofollow is an HTML attribute value used to instruct search engines that a hyperlink should not influence the link target’s ranking in the search engine’s index.

The people at WordPress decided to set the default to set the nofollow tag on all links in comments in an attempt to slow down comment spam.  It was probably a good move for the default wordpress setup since that has no comment filtering enabled by default, and no challenge questions.

However if you have a blog and are moderating the comments, have a good spam filter or challenge question then consider removing the nofollow default. It’s just one more incentive for people to post comments.  For this site, I’ve managed to reduce the amount of spam to zero by putting that challenge question in.  I read every comment so any spam will be deleted quickly.

Any legitimate people that would like to comment and gain a link back to their site can post a quality comment on my site and will receive a link back that will be counted by the search engines.

I’m hoping that this attracts a few more comments to my posts

To do this on a wordpress blog just download and install the DoFollow Plugin.  It gives you some control over the nofollow tag.  allowing you to set time limits and treat trackbacks differently from comment links.