As many of you know, I wrote a post awhile back entitled This Blog Is Now DoFollow. In this post, I talked about how I decided to make all of my comment links DoFollow to give back to my readers. I’d like to share my experience along with the changes I have decided to make. First up, the bad things:
Bad Thing #1: Large Increase In Comment Spam
Believe it or not, my comment spam has grown to the point of being a hassle. I have to moderate all of my posts before I can approve them. Even Akismet does not pick these up and there is a reason why. The reason?
The comments are made by real people, not bots. I have tried implementing the simple math plugin along with a simple captcha but neither of these worked because every comment passed.
Here are a few of the comments I am talking about:
- “Great Blog”
- “Useful content indeed, will be back”
- “Great posts I like it”
- “Love it”
The main reason I can tell these are spam is because the people didn’t even bother to read my post. Some of the comments I deleted were totally irrelevant to the post itself. I even had one person paste the same comment on three different posts!
Bad Thing #2: Being Listed On DoFollow Blog Lists
When I first noticed my blog on a DoFollow list I was pretty excited. I was like “yes, free backlinks!” I figured it would help me as I got listed on more and more lists. Unfortunately, the opposite happened. People started finding these lists and cruising through them leaving comments all over the place without even reading the posts.
As far as getting delisted, it’s pretty much impossible. Since no one really knows who created the lists in the first place. They just get passed around and more and more links get added to them.
The Solution (Lets Hope)
I am still a big believer in giving backlinks to those who visit my site and leave valuable comments. So I didn’t abandon it completely. Instead, I decided to go with the Lucia’s Linky Love plugin.
What the plugin does is pretty awesome if I say so myself. It allows you to give DoFollow comment links back to readers after they comment a certain amount of times. That way people cannot just stop by and drop a quick line and leave. If they do, their comment will have the Nofollow tag applied to it until they come back and comment a few more times.
I currently have the magic number set to… oops I decided to keep the number a secret. However, every reader that has commented on my blog a few times has nothing to worry about. Your comments have already been made DoFollow.
The plugin also lets you put the number of comments a person has made next to their name. Pretty cool!
Time For A Test Run
I already have everything implemented so it should be ready to go. I’ll make a post later down the road after it’s been up for awhile and share my experience after making these changes.
Have a great weekend! Be sure to come back on Monday for some new adventures…