This is the odd case when I’ll write twice (!) in a row about the same topic. Last week I posted about the good old DoFollow vs NoFollow diatribe, and I gotta say the discussion that rose around it was kinda awesome. I waited a full week before taking a decision, missing my tuesday post to give more people the chance to comment. It paid off, I had some pretty outstanding feedback and I want to start off by thanking all of you.
I think I finally reached a decision, and it’s one that involves you, readers.
Point 1: I don’t think I am willing to vouch every link back to your blog or whatnot no matter what it’s about. I think it’s kind of unfair for me to greenlit ANYTHING that passes through the comments section just for the simple fact you leave a comment, mainly because:
- it’s unfair for the readers
- it’s potentially dangerous because I don’t know what you might link to your name at all
- it gives people the wrong motivation to comment in first place
However… point 2, I think it’s fair to give legit commenters with legit content to show to the world a link back, not much as a thank you for the comment but more as a way to provide additional valuable content to my readers.
This Translates To…
First of all, I’m removing DoFollow from this blog right now.
But no worries, because the second part of my decision is: I will install another kind of DoFollow plugin, called SMu Manual DoFollow. What’s so special about it? Well it has some very cool functions like the ability to grant a DoFollow (based on the email of the commenter) after x comments – to reward frequent commenters – but most importantly the ability to personally pick commenters to grant DoFollow to.
Practically, if I find a good reason to DoFollow you, I will, so, here comes the juicy part of this post…
Give Me a Good Reason!
Yes, give me a reason to DoFollow you. Go on, I am waiting, post a comment here and tell me why I should DoFollow you if you feel like it. Don’t mention the fact I owe it to you, or you’re a good guy, or you’re not spamming.
What some people didn’t get from my last post is: I am not doing this to prevent spam! It’s hardly a problem for me at this time, it never was about it.
I think this is the most fair solution and it will reward people who has the right to be rewarded in first place, but if you don’t agree… well, give me a good reason to believe you!