Nofollow Nolonger


Funny title, I must admit. But if you are a regular contributor to this site in the form of commenting, then I have a great deal for you. I have installed the NoFollow-Free plugin, which allows the removal of the nofollow attribute that WordPress automatically generates for comments and author links.

Remove the nofollow tag from your blog’s comments with a lot of options customizable, per user type removal, per comments count removal etc… Supports multilingual and a Top Commenters sidebar Widget. By Michele Marcucci.

Cool idea. But let me say that it is not stripping off the nofollow on just any old comment. I have tweaked it to only strip off the nofollow attribute from regular registered commenters – and at that, you must make five complete comments before you’re allowed your DoFollow!


For those who are not familiar with nofollow, and what it does, here’s a brief explanation. Nofollow used as an attribute to the <a href=""> tag, adding it as such here: <a href="" rel="nofollow"> which will prevent the link from passing Google’s famed PageRank to the target URL. Google wants every webmaster to use it on paid links. Now that’s all fine and grand, but if you haven’t sold a link, yet Google determines that your link is “not relevant” to it’s content, then they will apply a “filter” to it, and even as we have seen with the latest Google PR update, will penalize your site because of it. I do not agree with them on this….

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2 Comments to “Nofollow Nolonger”

  1. Bill says:

    I never even paid attention to the fact that Wordpress put in that no-follow rule.

  2. Martin says:

    Yeah Bill, and it’s a good solution for comment spam, but there are cases where you want to share your link love, and that’s why I’m doing this.

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