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Thu, 07 Jul 2005 15:15:35 GMT

11 Reasons against nofollow

  1. nofollow does not prevent comment spam
  2. nofollow is semantically incorrect
  3. nofollow harms the connections between web sites
  4. nofollow is not useful for humans, just for search engines using PageRank or a similar technique
  5. nofollow could be used to shut web sites out
  6. nofollow discriminates legitimate users as spammers
  7. nofollow heists commentators' earned attention
  8. nofollow could be used to further discriminate weblogs
  9. nofollow prevents the Web from being a web
  10. nofollow eliminates the dissemination of free speech
  11. nofollow was developed in privacy with only search engines companies taking part in the discussion

Randy: I'm a big believer in #6. That's why my comments don't do NOFOLLOW. I'm giving you insentive to post comments. You post in my blog and you get Google juice, whereas posts elsewhere do not. But... IMHO, NOFOLLOW is good, it has a purpose. If I published referrer logs, then a NOFOLLOW on the referrer links would be very appropriate.

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