I’ve had the do-follow plug-in on this blog, and on my other blogs, for quite a while. I’ve had it on some of them since their inception, and most of them before the do-follow lists came out. I enjoy interacting with my readers, and I do not mind one bit giving them a little PR juice when they leave a comment.
However, there is giving a bit of juice, and there is being screwed. It has come to my attention that there are people who use the do-follow list only to get backlinks. Those people encourage others to do the same. That wouldn’t seem quite so heinous, except that some of them still do not follow the links left by their own commenters, and some of them require you to register to comment on their site at all. I asked one such person about it, and was told they are thinking about the pros and cons from an SEO standpoint. I’m not linking to the specific blog, because they know who they are, and there is no need for me to get nasty about it. I suspect this isn’t the only blogger who feels that way, either.
I’ll admit that I considered the PR ramifications before I installed the plug-in. In the end, I decided I valued my readers more than I valued my PR. That’s a pretty big statement for a paid blogger to make. Remember that each link from my page takes a minuscule amount of my PR with it when it leaves my keyboard and hits the internet, and how much money I can earn is directly related to my PR. The theory that makes do follow work is that the PR can be regained by leaving comments on other blogs that follow. So, when you visit my blog for the sole purpose of leaving a backlink, and refuse to let me leave a followed comment on your blog, that costs me.
When I go to your blog to return your visit and engage you in conversation, and find that you do not follow comments, even though you freely abuse the privilege of back links on other people’s blogs, that really makes me angry. It makes me so angry that I am just going to call you what you are: a PR thief. You just got a very valuable one-way link for nothing, and Google weights those one-way links very highly.
I will be moderating all my comments from this point forward. I will no longer tolerate this theft. If I discover (and I have enough blogs to be able to spot a trend) that you are a PR thief, I’ll strip your link right out of your comment. Following is for givers, and I’m not going to be taken anymore.
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