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I recently published two articles (Nofollow vs. Dofollow: The Verdict Is In and Nofollow: Is it Really the Spawn of Satan?) where I defended the position of using nofollow within the comment sections of blogs and I was immediately lashed out upon by those within the ‘dofollow’ movement.
Don’t miss the broader context of what I was trying to discuss in my two articles about the nofollow vs. dofollow issue. I played Devil’s advocate for two days in a row and pointed out some very legitimate reasons why it is perfectly acceptable to use the nofollow tag on comment links. The point was to stop the demonizing of those who use it.
I then concluded at the end of my second article with the fact that I use the same plugin that many dofollow proponents use. My site is a dofollow blog just as many of yours is.
My site is a dofollow site. Site Sketch 101 allows dofollow links for anyone who has left 5 comments on the site. I believe in rewarding those who are participating in the conversation.
I don’t, however, use it with a blind one-sided notion that it is a cure all and that people should avoid or demonize those who don’t use it. I’m not naive. I understand and respect both sides of the issue and my decision to be dofollow is built on a thorough knowledge, understanding and respect of both sides of this issue.
There are too many people who are defending one side or the other as if they are supporting “right” or “wrong.” This isn’t a moral issue. It is a personal preference and bloggers should not be attacked over this issue at all. I use dofollow links. One of my very close friends, Keith Bloemendaal at Hot Blog Tips uses nofollow links. Neither of us are better than the other because of our decision on this.
I was especially attacked for my statement that advertising your site as a dofollow blog can appear as though you are paying people to leave comments. It can appear as though the incentive is not to join the conversation but rather to gain PageRank link juice that we all hope and pray Google will pay attention to.
My point about paying for relationships is a valid point that the nofollow crowd brings up and it shouldn’t be dismissed. We should understand that those sentiments can and will exist. We should understand them and make our decision to be dofollow with an understanding of that possibility and not with a rejection of it.