I have been a supporter of the “dofollow” movement since before it became a movement. I’ve talked about its disadvantages before, but none were so apparent as the one that came to light this week.
Digital Point forums is filled with spammers and sploggers trying to make a quick buck. While this is normally harmless enough, a recent thread came to my attention when it popped up in my referrals: “Free High PR Dofollow blog list everyday”. Basically, an updated list of dofollow blogs with high PR.
My blog was dofollow before I moved back to WordPress, but was not mentioned on any of these lists. I can only assume these spam comment advocates are searching for WP/dofollow combo blogs in Google, which of course I wouldn’t have been listed with previously.
Anyway, sure enough I checked my comments after reading through that thread, and there were a pile of seemingly innocent ones from people I don’t know, on old posts, talking vaguely about the subject matter. Another today had the nerve to tell me: “I just found your blog through a friend” (but didn’t count on my looking his IP up in Mint?)
So here I am — much like many other bloggers — trying to reward those who comment regularly, and for what? The tedious task of having to check on unknown commenters to weed those out deliberately looking for a link boost? To put myself through the hassle of now having to block referrals from Digital Point for the sake of my sanity? Why do a small minority have to ruin it for others?