You Comment, I Follow (what does it mean?)

I happened upon a great post by Sailor at about speeding up WordPress the other day. As I always like to do when I find something good, I like to leave a comment and show some appreciation. I scrolled down tot he comment button and saw an icon in the corner.

Logo designed by the guys at Biotek

I did a little research (ok, I clicked on the icon in Sailor’s sidebar) and found this post.

It is something I have thought about before. Doesn’t it seem rude that you take your time to compose a comment for someone’s site and they decide that you are not worthy of a little “link love”?

Allow me to explain

The no-follow attribute basically means that although the link works when you click on it, it is effect a dead end for Google and the search bots. This means your own site will not gain from the link you just created.

This was originally designed to prevent spamming, and yes it does occur occasionally, but to be honest it happens if you have no-follow or you don’t. There are more effective ways of tackling spam without punishing the commentors.

For this reason I have decided to implement this feature on all my blogs, so that if you leave a comment you will get a genuine, Google enabled link back to your site. It’s the least I can do considering you have given up your time to post on my site.

If you have a blog and would like to know more about it, please feel free to comment, or visit the sites I linked above.

Thanks go to Sailor at Nice2all for inspiring me to do this.

5 replies
  1. sailor
    sailor says:

    Thanks for the links. I have been Do Follow for some time now because I feel it is the right thing to do. This is however a hot potato, there are many who do not agree. There are even some who feel Google will punish one for doing this. If you do this you could experience a bit of spamming from the guys who now know they are receiving real links. I keep a tight rein on my comments so this is not really a problem.

    The logo you displayed above was designed by the guys at BioTecK. I use it with kind permission from them. I am sure they will like the idea that their logo is spreading all over the show.

  2. Jim
    Jim says:

    Excellent, thanks, I have posted over at Biotek to check it’s still ok to use.

    How do you deal with the spam, do you still allow the quick “love it” comments, even though you know the motives, or do you block all but legitimate comments?

    It’s be good if there was a button when you approve a comment follow/nofollow 😀


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