Update as of mid-2011:
Because of a significant increase in spam/malicious websites and pointless comments, the NoFollow tag is only removed for regular commenters. The exact number of comments you need to make before getting the tag removed is not publicly disclosed. Post useful comments regularly and the NoFollow tag will be removed from all your comments.
Want to earn some link love to help increase your Google rankings? I am pleased to announce that TechAirlines is now DoFollow, meaning that your comments no longer hold the default NoFollow tag for links.
Normally, the comment links would be something like:
<a href="http://www.techairlines.com" rel="external nofollow">Brian</a>
What does this mean?
The NoFollow tag tells search engine spiders, like Google, not to give these links any credit when ranking websites. It was originally designed to prevent search engines from following the links in blog comments, due to the amount of comment spamming.
By removing the NoFollow tag, the link in your comment name will have an effect on your search engine rankings.
Comments are for sharing reactions and related information, not for advertising. Therefore, it is required that you comment with your name or nickname and not keywords.
We reserve the right to edit the commenter name if it is keywords to whatever name we want.
All comments are first passed through Akismet and then human moderated.
Pointless comments may be counted as spam. Pointless comments are those that don’t have any meaning and seem to be written simply for backlinks without even reading the actual post, a typical spammer bot behavior. Show that you actually read the post.
We have also added a Top Commenters widget to the sidebar. This shows the gravatars and links of the top commenters in the last 60 days. Hovering over each Gravatar reveals their name and how many comments they made.
As always, we are using CommentLuv which adds a link to one of your recent blog posts to your comment. This link also has the nofollow attribute removed.
Please note that if I notice that you are taking advantage of this and leaving pointless comments just for the backlinks, your link may be added to our blacklist, which will add the nofollow attribute back. I also reserve the right to remove links to suspicious looking sites.
Happy Commenting and share the link love!