I was reading a post on Binary Moon today and felt compelled to leave a comment. While doing so, I noticed something that said “dofollow” and clicked the link. It seems there is a plugin I had not heard of called “dofollow”.
Written in the base code of WordPress is a “nofollow” command. This means that when a search engine crawls your site it does not count the web pages entered by your commenters. This has been in there for a while, and was done to combat the number of comment spammers who were over running the web. However, with the addition of so many spam killers, I can’t tell you the last time a spam comment made it to the site. And even if one does, I delete it within an hour or two.
Well, it seems the “nofollow” no longer makes sense, and someone wrote a plugin to turn it off. It’s a nice way of thanking your commenters, and giving them a little link love for commenting on what you wrote. Once installed, you can select the option for it to wait for a comment to turn X number of days old before it will remove the command, giving you time to delete any potential spam comments.
I have now installed it, and barring any hiccups, I will be leaving it there as a “thank you” to everyone who leaves a comment. I highly recommend everyone with a WordPress blog do the same.