Screw you Google. I believe if you have something to say you should be recognized for your contribution. Nofollow is a great idea in theory but I think it’s the wrong way to battle spam. It doesn’t work for one thing, and for another it goes against the whole idea of the web. So if you’ve got something worthwhile to contribute to any of my posts you will receive some link love for it.
My Akismet does a decent job of blocking most of the spam, and I moderate comments on a daily basis; it isn’t very hard when you have the massive volume of comments that I have :b. I’ve installed DoFollow which is a nifty little plugin that removes the no-follow attributes from WordPress blogs. You can specify how long comment links stay nofollowed and/or if only registered users are allowed this feature. I have mine set at 24 hours and then nofollow will be removed.
I know this is painting a giant red bullseye on my site for spammers, but right now I’d rather deal with a little spam and get some conversations going. One caveat; “Nice post”, “I agree” comments will either be quickly deleted or manually nofollowed. So for everyone that’s commented thus far, and for those of you that will contribute in the future, I’ll give you a little something back for doing so.
For those of you who feel like sticking it to the man, here is a list of plugins that remove nofollow and here is the Dofollow D-List that lists other blogs joining the Dofollow movement (this list appears to have originated at GeekySpeaky). I’d also like to give props to Randa Clay Design for the logo.
Bring it on trackback spammers…I can handle it!