Dec 13 2007
<sigh>It’s a real shame there are people out there so desperate for a “followable” link.
What do I mean by that?
You might often see blogs with one of these logos:
As a brief explanation, most blogging software, by default, automatically inserts a piece of code before a commenter’s URL that tells a search engine spider (like Google) NOT to follow that link - that it’s a link that is irrelevant. It’s a way of protecting search engines from links to “spammy” sites.
What supporters of the DoFollow “movement” generally think, is that if you take the time to comment (and it’s not spam), then you should be rewarded by that link “counting” (and the spider can then follow it through to your site).
So we make the conscious decision to over-ride what is deemed irrelevant. Of course there are pros and cons of doing this - and there is potential for abuse if comments are not vigilantly moderated.
This blog uses a variation of “dofollow” (also known as “no nofollow” or “I follow”). After the paid comments furore, I installed Lucia’s Linky Love Plugin which means that after a certain amount of comments, the commenter’s blog URL is “followable”. That way, it “rewards” regular commenters, but makes people only interested in a link back work that little bit harder.
A while back, I replaced my little badge with this one:
The main reason I did that was because the “You Comment, I Follow” can be a bit ambiguous. Some people can think that it means “If you comment on my blog, I’ll follow you back to your blog (and comment there)”. This is the “You comment, I Reply” movement. Not saying that this new badge is entirely self explanatory either, mind you.
Yesterday I received a comment on a blog post that was four months old. That’s certainly not unheard of, but the comment read:
for me its hobby.i njoy it to the fullest.
So I clicked through to the site. The first post had me amazed. It’s a major rant at “senior bloggers” with high page ranks who purport to be dofollow bloggers, but for whatever reason have comments turned off or do not in fact apply follow to his comments. The indignation! Expending all that effort in reading a post attentively, only to find he is not issued a followable link for his effort.
Furthermore, he says he is NOT a spammer, but recommends that people read articles fully and post genuine comments - that hopefully some senior bloggers would realise that a 2 or 3 line comment which is meaningful is not spam.
Now is it just me, or do you see nothing particularly meaningful in his comment? I’m not trying to be a comment grinch, but I don’t see that this adds value to the conversation, particularly four months after the fact.
(Please don’t get me wrong - I often leave quick, appreciative or “me too” comments that probably don’t add much value to the conversation, and I welcome these comments here too. But I’m not the one bitching because these “meaningful” comments don’t have followable links).
The blogger then recommends a customised Google search called CommentHunt. Yes, this search engine will search all the dofollow blogs in its database for the given search topic. Apparently it’s supposed to have over 800 high page rank dofollow blogs.
This is what some bloggers have devolved to, the quest for a followable link in the comments of a high PR blog.
Is it just me that thinks this whole practise devalues the blogging experience?