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rel = "nofollow"

2005-01-19 18:41:30.071001+00 by Dan Lyke 2 comments

Google has announced that they'll treat links with a rel="nofollow" as not contributing to the target page's page rank. The various weblog tools vendors have announced that they'll add this tag to links put into comment areas. I'm going to hold off on implementing it on Flutterby until we have comment spam problems, and at that point we'll implement some sort of trusted user capability so that most of the comments still count.

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#Comment Re: [Entry #7619] rel = "nofollow" made: 2005-01-19 21:21:04.379027+00 by: Unknown, from NNTP

Because your software is more or less one off (yeah, I know you have other people playing with it and probably using it) you probably won't have problems with comment spam. People running the more popular weblog software or comment systems, though, give the spammers a target too large to resist. Write one script and it's going to work on thousands of sites.

I'm probably going to implement it on http://weblog.larrydburton.com when I get the opportunity to because I have seen a lot of comment spam coming my way. I've gotten control of it for now but by implementing the rel="nofollow" attribute in links in the comments I'll take away the incentive to spam my site at all and it's going to take the bulk of people running weblogs with the popular software implementing this to take away the incentive from the spammers.

#Comment Re: made: 2005-01-19 21:36:23.726253+00 by: Dan Lyke

A couple of people have brought up the other side of this: This also now gives us a mechanism to link to third party sites without giving them Google cred. Perfect for referencing opinions we don't want to spread in the popular culture, but do want to cite.