google takes a new measure in fighting comment spam. they implemented a new attribute for hyperlinks – rel=”nofollow” – which prevents links from being spidered. so when google (or any other search engines that support the attribute) parses a link with that attribute the links don’t get credits in the rankings of the catalog. this is one of the first measure to make blog-spamming really uninteresting.
many (blog)systems are already able to cope with the new attribute, i installed the nofollow plugin for MT, so spammers can sod off!
jayallen (of mtblacklis fame) also has a nice post covering the pro’s and con’s of that measure.
now i have to finish that “internet”-script i have to hand out to the class tomorrow.
[via google’s blog]
update: hm, maybe i’ve shot too fast.
like b. and ben hammersley noted, the whole thing might backfire. it’s also a sign on how powerful google is.
heck, do i use something else to scour the web for information? no, just sometimes i head over to search.ch…
i look forward to having a talk with b. soon. when everything works out, we’ll see each other this weekend (for a little game).
update2: i deleted the nofollow-plugin from my MT-installation after reading here.
“update2: i deleted the nofollow-plugin from my MT-installation after reading here.”
You mean that page that links to a bunch of spam sites? You realize that you just exacerbated the problem right?
i cannot find any links to spam-sites on the mentioned page, and know that i might have acted too fast, but i cannot seem to get your comment, do you want to explain it to me?
or are you just too shy? because you didn’t leave an email-address..