The Top Commentator’s list is commonplace now. Most blogs get extra comments. However, of late, Top Commentators list is abused. The blogger is forced to deal with hundreds of near-spam comments. Many blogs have taken out the Top Commentator’s widget owing to this.
While this blog is new, with fewer comments, I still feel that the top commentator’s list is not worth it. So, to prevent PR leaks and other problems, I have changed some things around this blog:
- Hacked Top Commentator’s list: I have hacked the list to include two new attributes in the links –
rel="nofollow". They force open a new window, and removes SEO benefits respectively. I have taken this drastic step because I find many drive-by commentors who leave 2-3 comments, and find a place in the list for a few days. (PS: I will feature a HowTo on hacking Top Commentator’s widget and plugin)
- Made weekly linklove a permanent feature: In order to reward my regular commentors and keep them happy, I will select good posts from the blogs of Top Commentators regularly(no time-clause, so that I can dodge spammers).
So, I will be able to prevent spam/near-spam comments getting credit, without compromising regular commentators. Now, you get exposure on sidebar and some click-throughs plus weekly links!