I asked, Google answered

Over a year ago, I wrote an email to google explaining the problems that I was having with blog spam, and imploring them to do something about this issue. Since they are by far the largest search engine out there, they are the ones with the clout to foil the google rankers.

Now I’m sure I’m not the only one that begged google to fix this problem, but behold they answered anyway. w00t!

Update your blog templates people, the problem should subside soon. Now, whenever googebot see’s “rel=nofollow” attributes on a link, the link won’t count for googlerank. Thus, all links in comments can be munged to include that attribute, and comment links will no longer contribute to googlerank. Problem solved. I’m sure it will take some time for the spamming to stop, but hopefully this problem is out, for the time being.

(personally, I don’t think we’ve had any comment spam here on notblog for at least several weeks…)

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