Backdate Nofollow On Specific Domains

 

There are times when you might want to retro-actively add nofollow to links you have given freely in the past. As an example some time ago I started using the nofollow Wikipedia plugin.

But there could be multiple external links that you want to nofollow, or a whole category if Google have their “do no evil” way for various types of compensated reviews, or you might want to be extremely evil and nofollow links after a period of time.

No Old Spam Links solves all these problems and I haven’t had any problems so far where I have been testing it.
It started out as a very simple plugin where you had to edit the plugin arrays to add sites, but now there is a comprehensive interface, and detailed instructions.

You might also like to check out the Kontera control plugin which now also works with adsense. This allows you to block advertising on certain posts.
It is suggested this is useful for paid reviews, but also if you are using affiliate links within a post, you wouldn’t want Google Adsense adverts for the same product appearing.

Don’t forget to sign up to Lucia’s feed, and whilst she has been concentrating on her knitting blog until recently, she does geeky programming by day and I am sure she is going to keep pumping out useful plugins for monetization.

 

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Comments

  1. says

    I’m not sure I buy in to the no-follow to Wikipedia idea. My take is–if it’s good enough for me to use as a reference (which I deem it is if I add a link to an article), then it ought to be counted in Google’s calculations.

  2. says

    Is it completely sad that I still hand-ad the nofollow? I have been careful about where I link and have gone back and removed the follows on several links. Maybe one day I’ll need a tool to help me, but for now I just hand edit.

  3. says

    Hi Angie,
    I hand ad for some domains. But there are several categories of reasons one might want to auto-ad.

    Here is one (true story). I used to co-blog at feminist blog. , The main blogger (who is a very nice guy and financially strapped), was approached by a porn outfit. He sold the domain with the feminist blog got to continue to use the blog area so the blog would persist. Meanwhile, the porn company set up links on other pages that gave their porn business a SEO boost.

    So, there were loads of other feminist bloggers with lots backlinks to interesting articles who would have wanted to automatically list them “nofollow” in order to not provide link juice to the pornographer, but to keep their own blog articles pointing to the original link. Because these were old links, it’s difficult for the blogger to find them and manually add “no follow”.

    When I wrote the first draft of this plugin, I was immediately pmed by three people in a second group: bloggers who wanted to auto-insert no follows in paid-post once the TOS permitted that. So, I added that feature to the plugin. Now, bloggers who want to use it can maintain google rank, adhere to the TOS of their program and adhere to any and all contractual obligations.

  4. says

    Hi Angie,
    I hand also ad for some domains. But there are several reasons one might want to auto-ad.

    Here is one (true story). I used to co-blog at feminist blog. The main blogger (who is a very nice, financially strapped guy ), was approached by a porn outfit. He sold the domain with the agreement the feminist blog got to continue to use the blog address. This meant the blog would persist which was important to him; (he isn’t anti-porn).

    Meanwhile, the porn company set up links to their porn sites on other pages of their site; their intention was their porn business a SEO boost on words often used on feminist sites. (Due to subjects discussed, these actually overlap with porn search terms really well!)

    Naturally, this arrangement was discovered. Not surprisingly, it turned out there were loads of other feminist bloggers with lots backlinks to interesting articles who wanted to automatically list them “nofollow”. They didn’t want to provide link juice to the pornographer, but they did want to keep their own blog articles pointing to the original link.

    Because these were old links, it’s difficult for the blogger to find them and manually add “no follow”. So, I was partly thinking of this issue when I wrote the first portion of my plugin.

    When I wrote the first draft of this plugin, I was immediately pm’ed by three people in a second group: bloggers who wanted to auto-insert no follows in paid-post once the TOS permitted that. So, I added that feature to the plugin. Now, bloggers who want to use it can maintain google rank, adhere to the TOS of their program and adhere to any and all contractual obligations.

  5. says

    Nice Post! I have so many problems with spamming in my Blog. I will try your tips and will give you feedback about how well they will help me. Thank you very much!

    Greetings from Berlin (Germany)

  6. says

    I wouldn’t use wikipedia nofollow as I think sites like wikipedia deserve their links even if they added nofollow and so on… but no old spam links looks like a useful plugin

  7. says

    maybe it happened because it was my first comment here, but you seem to have a bug: after commenting, when getting to the spam karma and after filling in, I get the error:

    Warning: session_start() [function.session-start]: Cannot send session cache limiter – headers already sent (output started at /home/andyeu/public_html/wp-content/plugins/SK2/sk2_second_chance.php:2) in /home/andyeu/public_html/wp-content/plugins/translator/translator.php(15) : eval()’d code on line 1

  8. says

    Alan,
    I got the same errors. My comment didn’t show, so I reentered. Now it’s here twice. (How embarrasing!)

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  10. says

    I did something similar after you mentioned about no following to bad areas of the web and needing to retroactively no follow on some guys website. (months ago).

    I saw the wisdom in blocking a domain site wide and took the WP plugin code for the nofollow wikipedia and added a data base call and wrapped it in a class to make a NucleusCMS plug in that blocks as many domains with nofollow as you wish.

    I think that level of control is important for many of the reasons already mentioned.

    By the way, do you mind if I link to you in my new ebook?

  11. says

    That Wikipedia plugin cracks me up. I guess it was only a matter of time before the bloggers started to punish Wikipedia for nofollowing links to good information.

  12. says

    I find that people who do not have spam problems it tends to be because they have no traffic. But as soon as you start getting in to the ranks the spammers appear. Thanks for the tips.

  13. says

    Sorry about the commenting problems people have been having.

    The autor of Spam Karma was notified about the problem with WP 2.2.1 a couple of weeks ago, and it is not the only plugin having problems as I noted recently with the sociable plugin.

    Hopefully things will be fixed soon, but comments do get through to the backend even with the error.

    First comments usually make it through the filters, but sometimes if people are using various IP masking or don’t support javascript their first few comments can have a problem.

  14. says

    a whole category if Google have their “do no evil” way for various types of compensated reviews, or you might want to be extremely evil and nofollow links after a period of time.

    Hi Andy, are you referring to paid reviews? Why do you need to put in nofollow links after some time – is it becos it’ll affect the blog ranking with external links going out?

    • says

      I believe some of the paid review services only require you to include a link, or even the full review for a month.

      I look on every link I give as editorial and every review as cornerstone content, so it is my choice, and all links that start off being followed remain that way.

      This plugin gives you a choice.

      I am also of the opinion that Google should count the links in my reviews as editorial links of value, and the reviews themselves as valuable content.
      Google might disagree with me, or their algorithms aren’t able to judge the difference between a 50 word review and 2000+ words

  15. Hottest Girl Online says

    I hate how wikipedia nofollows on their external links. I think everyone should nofollow back!

  16. says

    yeah… those stupid wiki’s!
    wonder what happen if we all use nofollow to them?

    Have a good one.

  17. says

    I’ve been manually adding the nofollow tag to Wikipedia links for some time. As far as comments, I always moderate all my incoming comments even though it gets a bit old deleteing nasty spam that gets posted as comments. I’m going to give this plugin a whirl and see how it works for me.

    thanks for the post Andy

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