In Consider Carefully What Name You Use to Comment, Chris Cree responds to my post on which name to use in blog comment forms with an interesting point that still haunts blog comments: the nofollow versus dofollow issue.
…since I announced I was turning off NoFollow here I’ve been singled out by some SEO blogs as a blog with decent page rank with NoFollow off.
So now some folks come here to leave marginal comments obviously looking more for link juice than to add to the conversation.
I understand what they are doing. And I truly don’t mind if folks see SuccessCREEations as a good place to comment.
After all that was part of my intention in turning off NoFollow in the first place.
However I feel comments that use key words in the “Name” box must meet a much higher standard to avoid getting tagged as spam. If they aren’t adding to the conversation, or if I can’t see what they are getting at right away I’ll mark them as spam rather than just delete them.
I mean a spam comment is left for the sole purpose of producing a link back to the another site. I see no difference in spam left by automated machine and spam left behind by a person.
Which begs the question:
Does dofollow impact your willingness to comment on a blog post?