I have been following the conversation in the blogging world of “Google’s Embarrassing Mistake” started by Dylan Tweney.Â It seems that he as well as others feel that the nofollow tag was a patch that failed the blogoshpere and in fact may have been a detriment to bloggers:
Worse, nofollow has another, more pernicious effect, which is that it reduces the value of legitimate comments. Hereâ€™s how:
Why should I bother entering a comment on your blog, after all? Well, I might comment because youâ€™re my friend. But I might also want some tiny little reward for participating in a discussion, contributing to the content on your site, and generally enhancing the value of the conversational Web. That reward? PageRank, baby. But if your blog uses the nofollow tag, youâ€™ve just eliminated that tiny little bit of reciprocity. Thanks, but no thanks. Iâ€™d rather just comment on my own blog. And maybe, if youâ€™re lucky, Iâ€™ll link back to you.
Jeremy Zawodny makes his own statement about the Nofollow tag with the cavalier attitude of “Kill em all let God sort em out” with his statement:
Look. Linking is part of what makes the web work. If you’re actually concerned about every link you make being counted in some global database of site endorsements, you’re probably over-thinking just a bit. Life’s too short for that, ya know? Link and be linked to. Let the search engines sort it out.
This is actually decent advice that Jeremy discusses as stated by Nick Wilson at PerformancingÂ and I would have to agree.
Comment spam continues to be an ever increasing problem in the blogosphere, and there have yet to be any applications that are the end all solution.Â Dylan does come up with a fairly simple solution to the problem in his step by step tutorial:
In fact, the solution to comment spam is simple. Iâ€™ve used it both on this blog, and on my haiku site. Hereâ€™s the step-by-step solution:
Step 1. Automatically moderate any comments that include hyperlinks.
Step 2. There is no step 2.
Moderation of any and all comments does pose somewhat of a problem in the fast world of the blogosphere.Â I have moderation of comments on my own blog when a hyperlink is placed in the comment, but the problem is when I am not in front of the computer making sure comments are moderated in real time.Â I could miss out on a great conversation if after 2 days I finally get around to allowing a comment.Â
One thing about the discussion is certain, comment spam for the future is here to stay.