There’s an interesting discussion going on at Problogger: Should you add Keywords to the Name Field when you Leave Comments on a Blog?
Some people get really upset about this. I can understand why – keywords in the name field do look spammy. But my feeling is – as long as they’re commenting, I don’t really mind the keywords. I don’t do it myself, though.
The discussion reminded me that I haven’t tried a plug-in recommended some time ago by Steven Lohrenz: it’s called KeywordLuv, by Stephen Cronin, and it allows commenters to add their keywords after their name, like this: Derrick@Online Business Blog. The keywords are applied to the commenter’s URL. So my example would appear like this: Derrick from Online Business Blog
This seems to me like a reasonable solution. It’s only of value if the WordPress default ‘NoFollow’ tag is removed – I use Denis de Bernardy’s ‘DoFollow’ plugin. By the way, there’s an interesting post on Google’s official blog from 2 years ago where they discuss the introduction of the NoFollow tag, and the reasoning behind it. The fact that it penalizes legitimate commenters seems to be ignored.
More interesting reading:
Tags: commenter, DoFollow, Google, KeywordLuv, keywords, Problogger, Spam, spammy, WordPress