Is Google’s latest attack on Comment Spam going to hurt Bloggers as much or even more than the Spammers themselves?
As I mentioned a few days ago, Google have announced a strategy for eliminating comment spam on blogs by implementing a ‘rel=”nofollow”’ tag which would cause links using the attribute to not be given any credit in their rankings.
Google already have the support of some pretty major bloggers and blogging tools including.
- Brad Fitzpatrick – LiveJournal
- Dave Winer – Scripting News
- Anil Dash – Six Apart
- Steve Jenson – Blogger
- Matt Mullenweg – WordPress
- Stewart Butterfield – Flickr
- Anthony Batt – Buzznet
- David Czarnecki – blojsom
- Rael Dornfest – Blosxom
A number of people have asked for my opinion of this new development. I’ve written some initial reaction here previously before it was announced and have similar feelings now.