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June 15th, 2007 at 12:30 am Print This Post Print This Post

Nofollow No More

Back in early 2005, Google created rel=”nofollow” as something to help stop comment spam on blogs. I was blogging elsewhere back then, and remember all the excitement. It hasn’t worked. The Akismet plugin for WordPress takes the cake for spam catching as far as I’m concerned, and nofollow hasn’t really lived up to expectations. That’s why some people have disabled it. Now some people includes me. The majority of comments that make it past Akismet are real comments, so I won’t begrudge you the link boost in Google, Technorati, or other search engines that recognize nofollow. If spam picks up and it gets too bad? Well, I can always turn it back on. That’s the beauty of WordPress plugins!