Blog post at Keep Up With The Web - Sherryl Perry : Last week, Matt Cutts got the blogging community in an uproar over whether or not guest blogging was dead. (It’s not.) ...In the past year, there has been a lot of controversy over whether or not the benefits of CommentLuv outweighs the cons. There’s no disputing the fact that do-follow links attract spam. I know several well respected bloggers (such as Ileane Smith), who have switched from CommentLuv to the Google+ commenting system.
Wow this is a hot topic. Sometimes I think Matt Cutts likes to stir things up to get views to their YouTube channel. It's like a broken record repeating the same thing over and over again but no matter what people still keep asking the same questions.
The issue of no-follow links is one that fits this mold.
I do like the benefit of linking to one of my blog posts, in the comment section but I don't think it really makes a difference if the link is do follow or not. There are very few high page rank blogs with do follow comments and they all have so many comments on them that the page rank that flows is tremendously diluted - to the point that I doubt if it even matter at all. The vast majority of do follow blogs have fewer comments but they don't have much page rank to flow to our blogs anyway.
So the bottom line is that as long as the site is reputable and the subject matter is related, the link still has some value, but in the grand scheme of things, commenting just for links is a waste of time. Bloggers need to think beyond links when it comes to commenting. Think more about conversations, relationship building, making connections, discoverability and those sorts of things - not links. That's the only way we'll ever be able to stop paying attention to those "repetitive" Matt Cutts videos.
I found another plugin called Anti Spam and at the moment it's doing a great job of keeping the spam to a minimum. This is a good one to recommend to anyone who doesn't use CLP.
Thanks for the post Sherryl - enjoy your weekend!