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Is the Nofollow tag affective

I was just posting a comment on a blog and noticed they had a note that said “Note: all links are nofollowed “. That just set me off. I know everybody does it because most up to date blog software installs it by default and makes it difficult to remove. I understand how some may not even know it is there. But I don’t understand why major SEO blogs leave it up and some even embrace it as a good idea. What does it accomplish? Has anybody seen a drop in spam? If anything spam has gone up. If you are going to allow comments you should allow people that leave good comments to get a link.

If you really want to stop spam you need to customize your template. Take off any text that is default to your blog software. Take off any text that is used on most blogs. If you need that text use an image instead. Make it so people have to be logged in to leave comments. The only people doing blog spam anymore are the amateurs. As soon as some technique becomes well known the real spammers have moved on to something else.

For those who want to remove nofollow from WordPress there is a plugin.

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  • moltar June 1, 2006, 8:16 pm

    I was thinking the same thing, David. I wanted to do an experiment. Create a page that is not linked anywhere, and then post one link with nofollow and see if any major SEs pick it up.

  • Dave June 6, 2006, 3:43 pm

    That would be an interesing experiment moltar and easy to perform. I have read (but not tested to confirm) that Google follows links with nofollow, but does not pass a ‘vote’ on to the site. I am not sure how Yahoo and MSN handle nofollow so I will be most interested to find out. Good idea.

  • ogletree June 6, 2006, 4:27 pm

    I remember when Brett dissallowed everything with his robots.txt. He said that google still spidered his site. They just did not include it. I think a good test would be to link to a site with a unique string that can’t be found in Google. Then if the site linked to ranks for that term then that would prove if you get any value from the anchor text.

  • Bare Tool DeWalt DC390B Review November 10, 2011, 4:23 am

    How do you keep disciplined and in control though? Isn’t this what it’s all about at the end of the day?