For the past few years, the Search Daily News has refrained from slapping the rel=”nofollow” attribute on to links associated with comments on the site. This is now changing.
The effects of linking to a bad quality site can be disastrous to any website’s organic rankings.
While we’ve made every effort to carefully vet each and every link in each and every comment posted on our site, what we cannot do is continuously monitor the status of the sites these comments link to.
Unfortunately, sites go down, get hacked, turn rogue and change direction all too often. As a result, what was once a good site to link to can turn into a very negative proposition if it gets hacked or turns rogue and starts spamming users or hosting viruses (viri?).
This latter scenario is not just bad for our search rankings but also for any users on our site who happen to click through and visit these rogue sites.
Hence, our decision: from today, all links in comments will include the rel=”nofollow” attribute.
We hope that our genuine readers and commenters will see agree with our reasons and will not be deterred from commenting and interacting with us in the future!