Its been almost four years since Google announced the nofollow agenda (this link is nofollowed according to the principles of nofollow reciprocity)
Is the spam gone yet?
Of course you know I’m joking. Spam is as bad as its ever been, its probably even worse because comment moderation has become incredibly lazy
Nofollow Only Benefits Google
It doesn’t really benefit the human readers of a blog, and it definitely doesn’t help people who contribute thoughtful, valuable content to another person’s website. Human readers likely don’t know if a link is “nofollowed,” and it probably wouldn’t make them feel any better if you explained that all the spam in your comments is no good for SEO.
Nofollow is Lazy
There’s no way around this one. Look at the Google blog, they are basically saying “This attribute will let you leave all those pharmacy ads on your website!”
Gee, thanks! That seems like such a better solution than clearing spam trash off of a site.
Nofollow on Sources is SE Plagiarism
I’m looking at you Wikipedia. I Googled a topic and read a Wiki page the other day but it was pretty incomplete and brief. I decided to check out the sources to learn more about the topic and I was shocked with what I found: The Wikipedia entry only cited one single source! The entire entry was based on the work of a pre-existing website and thanks to the thieving magic of nofollow, Wikipedia outranks the site that they are essentially stealing content from
If you’re using nofollow on your outbound links or the crowd-sourced parts of your content, don’t expect me to link at you unless its an attempt to make you look foolish. Even then, I’ll be sure to add nofollow to the link and even do my best to outrank you for those keywords we’re talking about.
In short, the internet isn’t going to work like this, where everyone wants to take and everyone is too selfish to give.
I know where Youtube and Wikipedia and CNN are, I don’t need a search engine to find these domains. The internet is starting to look really shallow, with fewer and fewer destinations grabbing a larger share of the traffic. Most of these destinations rely on crowd-sourced content and they can’t be bothered to share the links that make the economy work.
I’m not anywhere close to done with this topic, but the rant provided here should help me vent enough to get through the rest of my day.