Comments that SUCK!
If you read the Bloke regularly you might get the impression that he is biased towards the New Blogger. Oh contraire mon chere! The Bloke tells it like it is and I have often slammed Google’s Blogger when it is deserved, and this post is no exception.
Many of us take a great deal of time and effort to make our blogs look original and stand out from the crowd so as not to look like Blogger’s canned templates. But Blogger relinquishes control of the code only so far.
So why do Blogger’s Comments suck?
1. No Inline Comments:Blogger still imposes pop-ups on us, or a dumb looking page that can’t be modified to look like our blog.
2. The No Follow Rule:
Have you ever looked at the source code for Blogger’s comments? If you haven’t then do yourself a favor and be enlightened.
Despite the fact that I removed all nofollow inferences (rel=”nofollow“) in my template, Blogger still automatically inserts the attribute into comment links.
But it’s not just Blogger either. Wordpress does the same thing, but at least there are plugins available that can strip the nofollow attribute out.
Now I know why Blogger won’t implement inline comments. Because they control the code and it’s easier for them to impose their no follow rule on us.
(For those of you who don’t know, the nofollow attribute tells the search engines to NOT follow the link. Hence, you don’t get any link love and subsequent pagerank value.)
Talk about control-freaks!
Ok, I understand that Blogger was inundated with spam blogs (splogs) but is that an excuse to penalize the rest of us? Shouldn’t we have the right to choose for ourselves? We’re big boys and girls. Read this excellent article which explains why imposing the nofollow attribute is WRONG:
I especially like the part:
2. “If a blogger moderates comments, there is no need for a NoFollow attribute. “Everyone who passes a human inspection should get the link love.”8. Commenting on a blog post is the same as adding more relevant to that blog post. A thought provoking one sentence post can lead to pages of comments. If someone takes the time to help build your site’s content via posting comments, it is professional courtesy to give them some link love.
Took the words right out of my mouth.
And so my fellow bloggers, be sure to write a post about this nonsense. Write to Blogger, your congressman or even to your granny and tell Blogger to stop imposing its will on us and let there be link love.
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