NoFollow for Word Press

So you’ve read all about the proposed solution for keeping spam comments un-indexed by Google et al, and being a Boy Scout, you want to prepare your WordPress blog now.

To that end, I am happy to provide to you my first WordPress plugin. It is kinda dumb, but I think it works.

Download the plugin here: DOWNLOAD

(By clicking this link you agree never to sue me and to buy me a decent beer if you ever meet me in a good beer-producing country.)

Unzip it and place it in your plugins directory (it’s inside “wp-content”).

On your WordPress administration menu, go to the Plugins tab and activate the NoFollow plugin.

Now, maybe, it works. I’m not sure if it continues to work if you are running, say version 1.5b of WordPress, but, ya know, it’s late, and I have to teach tomorrow.

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10 Comments

  1. James Farmer
    Posted 1/19/2005 at 1:07 am | Permalink

    Having a coupla problems downloading it… could just be me though…

    Cheers, James

  2. Posted 1/19/2005 at 3:19 am | Permalink

    hi james,
    just have to copy the downloadlink to the addressline of your browser and change the php with a zip.

  3. Posted 1/19/2005 at 4:28 am | Permalink

    Looks like there is more wrong with the file. It has an opening php tag (<?php), but no closing part (?>). It has an if statement and two functions. Is that all it’s supposed to have? Hard to tell…

    Definatly want to implement this as soon as possible. Just to add insult to injury to those nasty comment spammers. :)

  4. Posted 1/19/2005 at 4:31 am | Permalink

    Previous comment didn’t come out correctly… (WP really needs a preview!)

    Looks like there is more wrong with the file. It has an opening php tag (<?php), but no closing part (?>). It has an if statement and two functions. Is that all it’s supposed to have? Hard to tell…

    Definatly want to implement this as soon as possible. Just to add insult to injury to those nasty comment spammers. :)

  5. Posted 1/19/2005 at 9:52 am | Permalink

    Man, I’m worse than Microsoft! The zip file was not the right file. To avoid confusion, I’ve incremented the version to 0.02a. I’ve also edited the post to the left to link directly to the (correct) zip file.

  6. Posted 1/19/2005 at 11:14 am | Permalink

    Still can’t download it. It comes as a 0 byte file. :)

  7. Posted 1/19/2005 at 1:25 pm | Permalink

    Boy, I’m just full of errors today. Should be good now. Thanks for your patience.

  8. Posted 1/19/2005 at 2:07 pm | Permalink

    That did the trick! There was another nofollow plugin posted, but yours handles both the ‘a’ tag version of links and WordPress’s conversion of URL’s into links. That is exactly perfect! Great job and thanks for your efforts!

  9. Posted 1/20/2005 at 3:28 pm | Permalink

    Kuro5hin has a posting about this too: A step toward solving comment spam

  10. Posted 1/20/2005 at 4:19 pm | Permalink

    Right. I’m not at all understanding why people are critical of this. I mean, of course it isn’t going to end spam, but the criticisms of it seem really silly. Those criticisms:

    1. It will end the impact of blogs on Google. Plainly silly. The largest impact of blogs comes of the body, not the spam. No one is going to use nofollow in their own posts.

    2. It will mean that people can link without passing googlejuice, if they want to. Yes? And? The Kuro5hin article makes it sound as if people have a lot of pent-up rage that will just burst through if they aren’t worried about pumping up people’s PageRank. Don’t buy that. Especially when I talk about hate sites, I don’t want their PageRanks to go up, and I like having the ability to specify that.

    3. People might just start charging for comment spam. Monetizing spam is where it’s at. If people want to allow others to use their comment space for spam, fine by me. It’s then called *advertising*. What I hate is that I am going to have to pay this month a sizable amount of money to cover bandwidth wasted by referral-spammers. That’s tantamount to theft.

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