Is nofollow worth it?

I’m flipping through some of the posts about Google’s recent broken PR update (All of my new sites have PR0s still.) and came across this suggestion of removing the “rel=’nofollow'” bit from the comments.

I’ve got to admit that I’m kind of torn. While I can understand the
need to have the tag in the links, most bloggers monitor what appears
in their comments. I know I do. Anything that’s spam gets removed.

I’m going to remove it from my WordPress setup and see what happens.

Is buying text adverts worth it?

While searching for support for a thread over at the WordPress.com support forums, I came across this post over on Matt Cutts‘s blog. While it didn’t help me with the issue of text size in Internet Explorer, I did find it interesting that he states that the latest upgrade of the Google Spiders would be discounting links that would be classified as “excessive reciprocal links, linking to spammy neighborhoods on the web, or link buying/selling.”
Makes me wonder now because I had thought of possibly supporting this site with the selling of some text adverts.
I’m still waiting for see what and how Google rates us on the next update. For the old site, which is now a mirror, I got a Google PR5 right off the bat. Hopefully it’ll be about the same this time through. 🙂

Search Engines

Simply makes a post about how MSN was the first search engine to crawl his or her blog and, in doing so, maybe the better search engine.

I’ve got to agree. When I ran my Daria site, the only search engine I didn’t have issues with was MSN’s. Both Yahoo and Google has thousands of bad links, they listed sites before my which had nothing to do with Daria, and were just a royal pain.

I went over to MarketLeap.com to compare the results for searches from the search engines for this site. Now, mind you, that Google’s blog search is big on promoting using ping services and says that that’s how it will pick up on the site.

Link Popularity Check:

Google: 0
Hotbot: 0
MSN: 8 (From 6 different sites)
Yahoo/ Altavista: 1 (But doesn’t list it)

Search Engine Saturation

Google: 0
HotBot: 5 (Home page plus 4 articles)
MSN: 1 (Home page)
Yahoo: 0

Mind you that this is now after 2 months of blogging here. Google’s blog index has three incoming links to this site but doesn’t have any of the pages indexed though. Strange…

I’ll take another look in a few days.

Searching for Search Engines

From Red Herring:

What Net surfers most commonly search for on the web is pretty surprising. Most actually end up looking for search engines themselves, according to Nielsen//NetRatings. It could be that they’re just lazy or don’t really know what they’re doing. The No. 1 search term in November 2005 was “eBay,” with 13.9 million requests, followed by “Google,” with 13.3 million requests. Rounding out the top five most common search terms were “Yahoo,” “Mapquest,” and “Yahoo.com.” Fully five out of the top 10 search terms were names of actual search engines, and all of the top 10 terms were names of web sites rather than topics. The first topical search term, “weather,” came in at a distant No. 23. “Whether this behavior is driven by ignorance or savvy, the end result is the same: The search engine is the focal point of the online experience for Internet users across the spectrum,” said Ken Cassar, chief analyst at Nielsen//NetRatings.

SOURCE: Nielsen//NetRatings