Intelligently Evil : Me, not JohnChow!

After reading John’s ingenious evil plan, I came up with a counter action. JohnChow’s blog has a commenting system that is incredibly evil and for me, spammy. The top commentators position on his blog is very much sought after by backlink whores bringing in comments like “Hmm” “Nice one” “I love this blog!” and others of the kind. I absolutely hate these kind of comments anywhere. They hardly contribute to the discussion and basically kills a blog. The result? I never read the comments section after reading a post. I never comment since I am sure not to get anything worthwhile doing it.

Now JohnChow has a new plugin that will enable you to get no-follow links to your blog for $10 per month. No doubt, this will encourage all kinds of spammers and backlink whores. But reading it got me an idea. Backlinks should be given to the worthy. Not the ones who do not want anything from a blog, but backlinks. They are hardly good traffic and bad for the community around the blog.

So after searching for a while I came across a plugin called Link Love will remove the no-follow attribute after a number of comments by a person. This I believe, will encourage the long term readers of a blog, rewarding them for their contribution to the blog. Currently this limit is set at 15, which I may increase or decrease as per requirement in future. What do you think? Evil ? 👿

Yes, I am evil, but I am intelligently evil! 🙂

  1. You’re quite right, work is one thing, cash another!

    I use the link love plugin and it’s a cool idea. How many comments do you need to activate mine?

    You’ll have to try it & find out…. 😈

  2. Nice post.

    Love your blog! 😉

    Link whores huh? I was gonna say something about that on my blog, actually had a couple of paragraphs written … but nixed it down to a couple words in passing. I felt the issue was more about John than them.

    But those top three are nofollow link whore followers! And just think, they may soon be paying for the privilege to be called that!

    Okay, time to post … uh what is 9 + 6?

  3. chris – I am in!

    WebStractions – Your view on this is good, loved your style too! I believe anyone can get a PR6 link @ 10$ and get some high school guy @ 5$ to make comments all over the place! 15$ PR6 link…not very bad. But bad for the blog. And I think 9+6 is 15, not sure though!

    Pallab – From your view, I am being nice, but from my point I am bribing you to make comments on the blog 👿

    Adventures – Have you noticed the no. of links being pasted on his blog comments these days? Crazy! A nice marketing idea, but gone wrong somewhere. I always believed that a blog is about discussion, community and stuff.

    It is just the money that drives people to his blog. e needs to renew his thoughts now. Maybe take a vacation to the saharas…

  4. 15 is a pretty big number, if you need more active comments, make it to 5 or 7, it will encourage commenting. I get a lot of comments on my blog and almost 99% are genuine.

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