Like many bloggers who have installed the NoFollow Plugin I have seen an increase in traffic and comments. Which is fantastic news! Although the number of paid for comments or human spam comments has also increased. So what can be done about this?
The regular spam comments don’t seem to be a problem with Akismet and Captcha plugin’s installed. Its those that contain subject related comments regarding the post. When anyone leaves a comment, I check out their website at which point you can tell they are only after one thing, back links! Sometimes you can spot these spam comments because their email address is a free account and doesn’t match the website address, but some times your wrong. Once they have had their comment approved they won’t be back again. From SEO perspective I’m become a cheap way to get backlinks which could affect my companies page strength. From a blogging community prospective the people leaving these comments don’t provide any real value to my blog.
So rather than simply de-activate the plugin and admit defeat, I have replaced it with LinkLove plugin which will allow regular readers who comment seven times or more, to have their NoFollow tags permanently removed. I have also added the Top comments plugin as another bonus for my regular readers. By default Link Love is setup with 10 comments or over as the threshold, this is easily changed in the plugin editor within WordPress.
I’m really keen to get feed back from other blogs that currently use NoFollow plugin or have disabled the plugin because of the increase in spam comments.