RSS and Blogging Information Channel

More free ebooks online:
Advertising | Affiliate revenue sharing  |  Auctions  |  Blogging  |  Crafts & Hobbies  |  Currency Trading  |  mesothelioma lung cancer and asbestos |  Mortgage and refinance |  Pets  |  Web Site design 

We would like to thank the local libraries, schools, and universities for recommending students to visit us when doing research on any of our information topics.
Please check back frequently as new topics are added and current topics are updated daily.


Click here to show your advertising on hundreds of sites instantly

 

Place your TextLink AD here free
 

Should Bloggers be Helping Google Fix Their PageRank System?


By now, most bloggers have heard the announcement that the Big 3 search engines - Google, Yahoo, and MSN - have united in support of a new tag that will supposedly combat comment spam. The new tag is a nofollow attribute that can be added to links. When added to links in comment tags, the search engines will ignore them.

An excellent discussion of this new tag and how it works can be found at Danny Sullivan's Search Engine Watch: http://blog.searchenginewatch.com/blog/050118-204728

Google announced the new tag in a 1/18/2005 post to their own blog: http://www.google.com/googleblog/

And Microsoft added their support to the new tag in this post: http://blogs.msdn.com/msnsearch/archive/2005/01/18/nofollow_tags.aspx

At first blush, anything that can help cut down the comment spam that most bloggers are daily subjected to would seem to be a good thing. It can be pretty upsetting to access your blog in the morning and find 50 junk comments with links to casino, adult, and pharmacy sites. If your blog has any PageRank, you can expect to find more of this garbage polluting your site every day. Fighting the spread of comment spam has become a necessity.

But after first cheering the proactiveness of the search engines, many bloggers have stepped back and taken a closer look and they don't like what they see. You can read a sampling of their thoughts at Search Engine Watch Forum: http://forums.searchenginewatch.com/showthread.php?t=3797

Brian Turner's incisive article "New Nofollow Tag Cheers Bloggers but Fails Blogs" discusses some of the potential abuses of the new nofollow tag: http://www.platinax.co.uk/news/archives/2005/01/new_nofollow_ta.html

And Jim Pryke's article "Bloggers Cheer Google As Their Search Rankings Plummet" makes it very clear that not only will this NOT stop comment spam. But it will actually hurt bloggers as a community: http://netinstitute.com/archives/2005/01/20/bloggers-cheer-google-as-their-search-rankings-plummet

For an hilarious take on the new tag and how it will get abused, be sure to take a look at Link Condom: http://www.linkcondom.com

I have to agree with these bloggers that the nofollow tag won't even put a dent in the problem of comment spam. You have to realize that the comment spammers who cause the most problems are the ones who use automated bots to spread their spam onto every blog they find. The fact that they find a blog using the nofollow tag won't stop the bot from posting. If you have a popular blog, you'll still wake up every morning to find 50 casino/pharmacy/adult ads on your blog. You'll still have to spend the time deleting those posts to clean up your blog.

You see, the problem to bloggers isn't that those comment links pass PR. It's the fact that those spam posts make your blog look like garbage. Whether the links pass PR or not isn't the big issue for bloggers. It's the time it takes to get rid of unwanted comments and the detraction to their sites. The nofollow tag won't do a thing about that problem. You'll still have the problems, even if you use the tag.

Think about this: how effective have email filters been in stopping email spam? As most of us know, they've hardly done any good at all. Email spam becomes a bigger problem every day. Spammers really don't care if some of their emails are blocked. They just send more of it to compensate. The same will be true of the automated comment spam bots.

The fact of the matter is, there are already much better tools in most blogging software to fight comment spam AND save the time and effort of the blogger at the same time. There are already a number of plugins for WordPress, Moveable Type, and other blogs. There will undoubtedly be more in the future. These tools are already more effective at fighting comment spam than this nofollow tag will ever be.

What is unfortunate is that the people the nofollow tag will really hurt is bloggers themselves. Traditionally, bloggers have read and commented in each other's blogs. And these comments have added value. When I write an article for my blog, I love it when other bloggers take the time to add their insights on the topic I'm discussing. These comments add content to my site and continue the discussion. This is one of the reasons blogs are so easy to grow into topic-specific information-rich sites that are popular with readers. Unlike static sites, they offer two-way communication between reader and blogger. They become communities.

When someone adds this kind of value to my blog, I am more than happy to give them a link to their blog that passes PR. That will help them build the readership of their own blog, grow the community even larger, and add to the richness of the discussion. These are exactly the kinds of links that any webmaster should want on their site!

Adding a nofollow tag to comments can only quash this discussion. It can only discourage commenters with the most to contribute from taking the time to add to the discussion. After all, if the time I spend on another blog doesn't contribute to the growth of the blogging community as a whole or aid in the visibility of my own blog, am I going to spend as much time and effort doing it?

Anything that decreases the open flow of discussion currently enjoyed in the blogging community is a bad deal for bloggers.

The question that should be asked is this: why is comment spam so profitable? After all, if it weren't profitable, so many people wouldn't be going to such ridiculous lengths to do it.

The answer to this is obviously Google's link-heavy PageRank algorithm that forces webmasters to get every link they can to get their site's indexed and ranked. Most webmasters know that in order to get ranked in Google, they had better have a ton of links to their site.

That's the problem with PageRank as an algorithm. It encourages artificial linking between sites that no longer has any relevance whatsoever to the goal of providing good resources to visitors. Do we really believe that most reciprocal link directories provide a resource to our visitors? Not likely! If websites are real estate, reciprocal link directories are the slums, the seedy bars and tattoo parlors on the edges of polite society.

Whole businesses have sprung up as a reaction to PageRank. I'm talking about the link auction and link selling sites. Under the PageRank system, sites aren't being ranked by who provides the best content, but by who has the deepest pockets to buy the most links. Or, in the case of comment spammers, whoever wants to spread their bots all over the internet spamming blogs. This system has over time totally skewed the natural linking between sites that once dominated the internet - the very thing that Google's PageRank system is supposed to reward.

Ironically, blogs are one of the few places left on the web where linking is actually about providing good content to visitors and rewarding value provided on other sites. Bloggers as a group are the most likely to link to sites because of the content value to their visitors. Their links are very likely to be very topic specific. You don't find that on other sites. These are the kinds of links that I would assume Google would want to encourage through their PageRank system, not those junky reciprocal link directories or purchased links.

It would seem to me that the only effective way to cut down on comment spam and all the artificial linking techniques Google purportedly wants to thwart is not by making life harder for bloggers - the very people who link in the most relevant fashion. But at taking a second look at their own PageRank system and whether it is really serving the usefulness of their own search engine and the whole web in 2005.

For more tips and ideas on how to make money blogging, be sure to visit my "Why Marketers Should Blog" weblog at (what else) http://www.WhyMarketersShouldBlog.com


TODAYS NEWS BY OFFICEJAX FREE ADVERTISING AND AD EXCHANGE SOLUTIONSMORE RESOURCES updated Tue. April / 13 / 2021

Gillmor Gang: Grifters Paradise - TechCrunch
Gillmor Gang: Grifters Paradise  TechCrunch

Best Sports Blogging Sites In India - Off The Bench - Off The Bench Baseball
Best Sports Blogging Sites In India - Off The Bench  Off The Bench Baseball

Return of the RSS reader » Nieman Journalism Lab - Nieman Journalism Lab at Harvard
Return of the RSS reader » Nieman Journalism Lab  Nieman Journalism Lab at Harvard

Faceoff: Twitter users spar over allegations of vaccine shortage - Times of India
Faceoff: Twitter users spar over allegations of vaccine shortage  Times of India

Security Considerations – Building Software vs. Building a House - Security Boulevard
Security Considerations – Building Software vs. Building a House  Security Boulevard

WordPress.com Launches New Courses With A Focus On Customer Education - PRNewswire
WordPress.com Launches New Courses With A Focus On Customer Education  PRNewswire

The Rise and Demise of RSS - Motherboard
The Rise and Demise of RSS  Motherboard

The Impeachment Was a Watershed Moment for Legal Blogging | National Law Journal - Law.com
The Impeachment Was a Watershed Moment for Legal Blogging | National Law Journal  Law.com

RSS bets on small shakhas in hinterland to make it big in TN - The Times of India Blog
RSS bets on small shakhas in hinterland to make it big in TN  The Times of India Blog

UK vs. Auburn LIVE BLOG, presented by Midnite Rooster - kentuckysportsradio.com
UK vs. Auburn LIVE BLOG, presented by Midnite Rooster  kentuckysportsradio.com

'I'm the patient now' | Maryland ER doctor blogs about breast cancer journey - WUSA9.com
'I'm the patient now' | Maryland ER doctor blogs about breast cancer journey  WUSA9.com

What is RSS? And Is It Still Important? - Small Business Trends
What is RSS? And Is It Still Important?  Small Business Trends

eBay Kills Affiliate Tool that Drives Traffic to Seller Listings - EcommerceBytes
eBay Kills Affiliate Tool that Drives Traffic to Seller Listings  EcommerceBytes

Link to the Original Articles in your RSS Feeds - Digital Inspiration
Link to the Original Articles in your RSS Feeds  Digital Inspiration

Plano teen creates blog about mental health | News | starlocalmedia.com - Star Local Media
Plano teen creates blog about mental health | News | starlocalmedia.com  Star Local Media

WordPress wants to help more people into blogging - TechRadar
WordPress wants to help more people into blogging  TechRadar

Unstack Raises $3.1M Seed Round to Expand No-Code Platform - PRNewswire
Unstack Raises $3.1M Seed Round to Expand No-Code Platform  PRNewswire

Mike Marrone's Blog - Game Dev Digest Issue #74 - Visuals and Math - Gamasutra
Mike Marrone's Blog - Game Dev Digest Issue #74 - Visuals and Math  Gamasutra

news Packers-Saints Week 3 Live Blog Sep 28, 2020 - Packers.com
news Packers-Saints Week 3 Live Blog Sep 28, 2020  Packers.com

What Is an RSS Feed? (+ How to Get Started) - G2
What Is an RSS Feed? (+ How to Get Started)  G2

Cyberpunk 2077 - Have video games become products like any other? - Gamasutra
Cyberpunk 2077 - Have video games become products like any other?  Gamasutra

As Microsoft moves more blogs off its MSDN and TechNet sites, here's how to stay current - ZDNet
As Microsoft moves more blogs off its MSDN and TechNet sites, here's how to stay current  ZDNet

What Happened to Tagging? - JSTOR Daily
What Happened to Tagging?  JSTOR Daily

RSS is the greatest enemy of Hinduism - Times of India
RSS is the greatest enemy of Hinduism  Times of India

Coffman named 2020-2021 member manager of YALSA's blog, The Hub - ala.org
Coffman named 2020-2021 member manager of YALSA's blog, The Hub  ala.org

RSS’s standardised Hinduism – Part 1 - Times of India
RSS’s standardised Hinduism – Part 1  Times of India

RSS Feeds and How To Burn Them - Business 2 Community
RSS Feeds and How To Burn Them  Business 2 Community

A Few Simple Benefits of Using An RSS Feed - Business 2 Community
A Few Simple Benefits of Using An RSS Feed  Business 2 Community

Cision PR Newswire's Beyond Bylines Blog Featured in Feedspot's List of Top Journalism Blogs - PRNewswire
Cision PR Newswire's Beyond Bylines Blog Featured in Feedspot's List of Top Journalism Blogs  PRNewswire

Pinarayi’s midnight rendezvous - The Times of India Blog
Pinarayi’s midnight rendezvous  The Times of India Blog

Twibble Automatically Tweets Blog Posts or RSS Feeds On a Schedule - Lifehacker
Twibble Automatically Tweets Blog Posts or RSS Feeds On a Schedule  Lifehacker

Game Composers and the Importance of Themes: Interactivity in Game Music (Pt. 5) - Gamasutra
Game Composers and the Importance of Themes: Interactivity in Game Music (Pt. 5)  Gamasutra

How to Judge Game Design With Achievement Analytics - Gamasutra
How to Judge Game Design With Achievement Analytics  Gamasutra

Josh Bycer's Blog - Roguelike Lessons Horror Games Need to Learn - Gamasutra
Josh Bycer's Blog - Roguelike Lessons Horror Games Need to Learn  Gamasutra

Start RSS Feeding Content Today With dlvr.it to Social Media [How-To] - Rocks Digital
Start RSS Feeding Content Today With dlvr.it to Social Media [How-To]  Rocks Digital

The eccentric economic ideology of RSS and BJP – Part 1 - Times of India
The eccentric economic ideology of RSS and BJP – Part 1  Times of India

Is there a bigger agenda behind drug probe against Bollywood stars? - The Times of India Blog
Is there a bigger agenda behind drug probe against Bollywood stars?  The Times of India Blog

Ruben Torres Bonet's Blog - 5 Signs You Need Ray-Tracing Now - Gamasutra
Ruben Torres Bonet's Blog - 5 Signs You Need Ray-Tracing Now  Gamasutra

Time has come for an all-India Muslim party - The Times of India Blog
Time has come for an all-India Muslim party  The Times of India Blog

The four reasons why Indian liberals are a fast-disappearing species - The Times of India Blog
The four reasons why Indian liberals are a fast-disappearing species  The Times of India Blog

Designing Nonviolent Games: A Hopepunk Love Letter to your Audience - Gamasutra
Designing Nonviolent Games: A Hopepunk Love Letter to your Audience  Gamasutra

Doing Gandhi and Godse with Sikhs and farmers’ movement - The Times of India Blog
Doing Gandhi and Godse with Sikhs and farmers’ movement  The Times of India Blog

The RSS sutras for the twenty-first century - Times of India
The RSS sutras for the twenty-first century  Times of India

Publish your Blog to Amazon Kindle & Earn Revenue - Digital Inspiration
Publish your Blog to Amazon Kindle & Earn Revenue  Digital Inspiration

How to Auto-Post your Blog Updates to Twitter - Digital Inspiration
How to Auto-Post your Blog Updates to Twitter  Digital Inspiration

Manusmriti, maya and Hindutva’s other ghosts - The Times of India Blog
Manusmriti, maya and Hindutva’s other ghosts  The Times of India Blog

Live Blogging with Eddie Rivera | Dodgers Fall off the Rockies, 5-2, at the Ravine – Pasadena Now - Pasadena Now
Live Blogging with Eddie Rivera | Dodgers Fall off the Rockies, 5-2, at the Ravine – Pasadena Now  Pasadena Now

Why Google killed off Google Reader: It was self-defense – Gigaom - GigaOM
Why Google killed off Google Reader: It was self-defense – Gigaom  GigaOM

Google AdSense Ads in RSS Feeds - First Impressions & Screenshots - Digital Inspiration
Google AdSense Ads in RSS Feeds - First Impressions & Screenshots  Digital Inspiration

8 Ways to Get (And Keep) Blog Readers - Backstage
8 Ways to Get (And Keep) Blog Readers  Backstage

How to Submit a Podcast to Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, and Spotify in 2021 - Voices.com
How to Submit a Podcast to Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, and Spotify in 2021  Voices.com

A return to blogs (finally? sort of?) » Nieman Journalism Lab - Nieman Journalism Lab at Harvard
A return to blogs (finally? sort of?) » Nieman Journalism Lab  Nieman Journalism Lab at Harvard

My Own Personal Extinction - Scientific American Blog Network - Scientific American
My Own Personal Extinction - Scientific American Blog Network  Scientific American

Agriculture’s watershed moment: New farm bills will unshackle 43% of India’s workforce that is engaged in - The Times of India Blog
Agriculture’s watershed moment: New farm bills will unshackle 43% of India’s workforce that is engaged in  The Times of India Blog

How to Migrate your Blog from Blogger to WordPress - Digital Inspiration
How to Migrate your Blog from Blogger to WordPress  Digital Inspiration

Facebook refused to remove anti-Muslim posts to not upset Modi govt: WSJ - The Times of India Blog
Facebook refused to remove anti-Muslim posts to not upset Modi govt: WSJ  The Times of India Blog

Web 100: Best law blogs - ABA Journal
Web 100: Best law blogs  ABA Journal

‘Saare jahan se achha’ is a better economic mantra - The Times of India Blog
‘Saare jahan se achha’ is a better economic mantra  The Times of India Blog

Move FeedBurner RSS Feeds From One Account to Another - Digital Inspiration
Move FeedBurner RSS Feeds From One Account to Another  Digital Inspiration

The AMD CES 2021 Keynote: A Live Blog from 11am ET / 8am PT - AnandTech
The AMD CES 2021 Keynote: A Live Blog from 11am ET / 8am PT  AnandTech

Wanted: An enemy for RSS to help BJP grow in Tamil Nadu - Times of India
Wanted: An enemy for RSS to help BJP grow in Tamil Nadu  Times of India

Five years after Google conquered and abandoned RSS, the news-reader ecosystem is showing green shoots - Boing Boing
Five years after Google conquered and abandoned RSS, the news-reader ecosystem is showing green shoots  Boing Boing

Intel's CES 2021 Press Event: The Future of Intel (A Live Blog, 1pm PT) - AnandTech
Intel's CES 2021 Press Event: The Future of Intel (A Live Blog, 1pm PT)  AnandTech

WordPress vs. Wix: What's the Best Website Platform for Manufacturers? - ThomasNet News
WordPress vs. Wix: What's the Best Website Platform for Manufacturers?  ThomasNet News

‘Hindutva is not divisive, not anti-Muslim … RSS will abide by the Supreme Court judgment on Ayodhya’ - Times of India
‘Hindutva is not divisive, not anti-Muslim … RSS will abide by the Supreme Court judgment on Ayodhya’  Times of India

Best blogging platforms of 2021 - TechRadar
Best blogging platforms of 2021  TechRadar

How to Set Up a Subscription Podcast on BlueHost - Chron.com - Chron.com
How to Set Up a Subscription Podcast on BlueHost - Chron.com  Chron.com

Chris Zukowski's Blog - Why people aren't buying your game - Gamasutra
Chris Zukowski's Blog - Why people aren't buying your game  Gamasutra

How a blogger in Florida put out an early warning about the coronavirus crisis - The Washington Post
How a blogger in Florida put out an early warning about the coronavirus crisis  The Washington Post

100 Best RSS Feeds to Follow Engineering News - SociableBlog
100 Best RSS Feeds to Follow Engineering News  SociableBlog

Technology Blogs - TechRepublic
Technology Blogs  TechRepublic

Lee Odden - Business Blog Consulting
Lee Odden  Business Blog Consulting

Reform suggestions for Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh - Times of India
Reform suggestions for Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh  Times of India

Add Inside Higher Ed content to your site - Inside Higher Ed
Add Inside Higher Ed content to your site  Inside Higher Ed

AMD's "Where Gaming Begins" Radeon Live Blog: Starts At Noon Eastern (16:00 UTC) - AnandTech
AMD's "Where Gaming Begins" Radeon Live Blog: Starts At Noon Eastern (16:00 UTC)  AnandTech

YALSA names 2021 Best Fiction for Young Adults | News and Press Center - ala.org
YALSA names 2021 Best Fiction for Young Adults | News and Press Center  ala.org

The APMC conundrum: Rolling back this reform will encourage vested interests to strike down all reform - The Times of India Blog
The APMC conundrum: Rolling back this reform will encourage vested interests to strike down all reform  The Times of India Blog

How to Move your Blogger Blog on Custom Domain to WordPress - Digital Inspiration
How to Move your Blogger Blog on Custom Domain to WordPress  Digital Inspiration

The Rule of 5 for Bloggers - Entrepreneur
The Rule of 5 for Bloggers  Entrepreneur

Legalise marijuana: Government’s contradictions on cannabis use must be ironed out - The Times of India Blog
Legalise marijuana: Government’s contradictions on cannabis use must be ironed out  The Times of India Blog

8 Simple Steps That Will Give Your Wordpress Blog an Efficiency Makeover For 2014 - Search Engine Journal
8 Simple Steps That Will Give Your Wordpress Blog an Efficiency Makeover For 2014  Search Engine Journal

How to Read More and Become an Expert Blogger in 30 Days - Business 2 Community
How to Read More and Become an Expert Blogger in 30 Days  Business 2 Community

Contextual AdSense Ads for RSS Feeds - See Sample Code - Digital Inspiration
Contextual AdSense Ads for RSS Feeds - See Sample Code  Digital Inspiration

Farmer agitation: Use iron fist in a velvet glove - The Times of India Blog
Farmer agitation: Use iron fist in a velvet glove  The Times of India Blog

Attention Feedly Readers: We’re Going Back to Full Stories in RSS - GeekDad
Attention Feedly Readers: We’re Going Back to Full Stories in RSS  GeekDad

Introducing Circuit Breaker, a new gadget blog from The Verge - The Verge
Introducing Circuit Breaker, a new gadget blog from The Verge  The Verge

12 ways to automate and systemise 95% of your blog promotion strategy - Econsultancy
12 ways to automate and systemise 95% of your blog promotion strategy  Econsultancy

Why BJP needs Nehru-Gandhi ‘dynasty’ more than Congress - The Times of India Blog
Why BJP needs Nehru-Gandhi ‘dynasty’ more than Congress  The Times of India Blog

The RSS isn’t an NGO, it very much a government organisation - Times of India
The RSS isn’t an NGO, it very much a government organisation  Times of India

This day, 75 years ago: Contrary to dogma RSS did take part in the freedom movement, including Quit India move - Times of India
This day, 75 years ago: Contrary to dogma RSS did take part in the freedom movement, including Quit India move  Times of India

Pranab Mukherjee elucidates constitutional values to RSS, but did he also do an Advani on Congress? - Times of India
Pranab Mukherjee elucidates constitutional values to RSS, but did he also do an Advani on Congress?  Times of India

5 Tips For Giving Your Readers Their Best RSS UX - Search Engine Journal
5 Tips For Giving Your Readers Their Best RSS UX  Search Engine Journal

Timeline: The Life of the Blog - NPR
Timeline: The Life of the Blog  NPR

‘Ideology of socialism is not different from ideology of the RSS … People have reposed faith in BJP leader - Times of India
‘Ideology of socialism is not different from ideology of the RSS … People have reposed faith in BJP leader  Times of India

Data for journalists: understanding XML and RSS - Online Journalism Blog
Data for journalists: understanding XML and RSS  Online Journalism Blog

Blogging Platforms Compared: WordPress vs Tumblr vs Blogger - CMSWire
Blogging Platforms Compared: WordPress vs Tumblr vs Blogger  CMSWire

What is Mr Modi’s plan for India’s Muslims? - Times of India
What is Mr Modi’s plan for India’s Muslims?  Times of India

Will COVID-19 Make Us More Socialist? - Scientific American Blog Network - Scientific American
Will COVID-19 Make Us More Socialist? - Scientific American Blog Network  Scientific American

How to find 'feeds for leads' as a journalist - Online Journalism Blog
How to find 'feeds for leads' as a journalist  Online Journalism Blog

Link Outreach Emails: The Right and Wrong Approach - Business 2 Community
Link Outreach Emails: The Right and Wrong Approach  Business 2 Community

free amv format video downloads   amv format video downloads   amv format videos

                             Click here to place your AD on this page for free

Surplus Overstock Jewelry Antiques office cubicles desks workstation tables

Ohio Unclaimed freight outlet

university of akron university housing available

OfficeJax free ad space available here

Find used office equipment in Ohio at www.OfficeJax.Has.It

www.Akron.Has.It

Find the best fleamarkets at www.FleaMarketWorld.Has.It

Find homes for rent
in Akron Ohio
www.homes4rent.has.it

Find electric powered vehicles at www.NoGas.Drives.It

Flea Market World

Free Automatic Link Exchange

Akron City directory

 


[Back to Top]

 

auction news and listings for Akron, Ohio

Akron crafts and hobby news center

Akron currency trading

Home remedies and best tips

Akron Ohio pet news

Advertising and promotions Akron, Ohio

Akron Ohio web site design news

Akron Mortgaging and refinancing

The Akron blogging news center

HOME | SITE MAP
© 2012 - 2021 All Rights Reserved