I have been feeling uneasy with the comments I’ve been getting lately in my blog. While I’m comfortable giving out link juice to whomever comes by and graciously provide their thoughts, I noticed that my comments section is turning into a link farm instead, with keywords used as names when commenting. I later found out through some of the blogs I subscribe to that there is a current trend among SEO gurus to advocate commenting on DoFollow/NoNoFollow blogs by signing their web site keywords as their names.
While I understand the need for building links and some commentors’ motivation behind doing so, I have decided to disable my NoNoFollow plugin and quit the NoNoFollow community at Bumpzee. Link juice will still flow through the Top Commentators widget. I also have a number of requests to change their names from their proper ones to ones filled with keywords, which I have and would approve on a case-to-case basis. Please don’t be surprised, though, if one of these days these names will also be filtered out of the Tom Commentators list.
My recommendation to those who want to build valid back links — find other means of building them, like actually creating useful or good content that people will read. The links will follow pretty soon.
EDIT: Notice that I said keywords instead of title, so if you’re commenting and using your site’s name or URL, I have no problem with it. Most of the time 🙂