Community Spark is now ‘Link Love Compatible’. I have installed a plugin to prevent your URL from being marked as ‘no follow’ when you comment. Therefore, every comment you now make which includes your URL will be counted by the search engines as a real link.
Why is this included by default in WordPress?
The default inclusion of this feature is justified by the theory that using the ‘nofollow’ attribute will deter spammers as posted links will be ignored by the search engines. Of course we know that spam happens regardless, so why not enable links to be followed and counted by the search engines?
Why should I remove the ‘nofollow’ attribute in WordPress?
If visitors come to your blog and know that the URL contained within their comment will be counted by the search engines, they have more incentive to post as they know they will be adding value to their own website each time they comment.
Comments on a blog enhance the user experience and encourage others to become more involved in your community.
If you decide to remove the ‘nofollow’ attribute, be sure to tell your readers! This gives them yet another reason to contribute to your blogging community.
How do I remove the rel=’external nofollow’ from WordPress?
I chose Oliver Bockelmann’s Nofollow Case by Case plugin. The beauty of this plugin is that by default it removes the ‘nofollow’ attribute, but makes it easy to add it to individual comments should you feel the need.
If you find a link you wish to reinstate the ‘nofolllow’ attribute to, you simply open the comment and edit the link, adding ‘/dontfollow’ at the end.
Community Spark – Now Link Love Compatible!
So now you know that all your comments will provide value to your own website, I want to see some comments! You don’t have to register to post here – just fill in the comment field, include your website and you will be getting some link love. Enjoy!