Why do top SEO bloggers use rel=”nofollow”
I spoke about the rel=”nofollow” tag a while back and thought I would talk about other bloggers using it. Many SEO blogs are still using rel=”nofollow”. I understand why Matt Cutts uses it. He works for the company that is trying to convince bloggers Google is trying to do something for them. But why are all the major SEOâ€™s using it. They either use it or flat out donâ€™t allow urlâ€™s or have some fancy redirect to do the same thing. Some even have posts about how stupid and useless nofloow is. rel=”nofollow” is not the solution. What they need to do is install proper spam detection like spamkarma and there are many good CAPTCHA programs out there. I know many of these people and they all to this day complain about comment spam. SEOMoz even made a big deal about how they use rel=”nofollow” because some of their commenter’s were linking to bad sites. It is funny that all they were worried about was what Google thought of them linking to these bad sites and not their readers. We still have to see these bad links. Obviously the rel=”nofollow” has not helped them at all. It is very simple to take off of your blog. There are at least 2 plugins that work great for WordPress. (plugin1, plugin2) If you guys are reading this please install one of these.
Here is a list of people that still show rel=”nofollow” or some other method to not link to people like redirects. The ones with *â€™s are the ones that have spoken out against rel=”nofollow”. Not all of these are SEO blogs some are blog written by SEOâ€™s on some other subject.
This is not a comprehensive list.