I was just reading today how some bloggers get lots of traffic by submitting the links to their blogs not only to Digg, del.icio.us and other social bookmarking sites, but also to Wikipedia.

Well, guess what? Wikipedia people have had enough and from now on all external links within the English language Wikipedia are now coded “nofollow” which should reduce spamming.

There are lots of arguments and heated discussions around this decision. You can read more about it at Wikipedia Talk.
Some propose only temporary nofollow, others suggest that the mirrors should have nofollow in their links as well.

I personally think that Wikipedia should not be used as another source for link baiting. The whole idea of Wiki relies on people’s honesty and reliability, and it should be preserved that way.

Further more, I’ve seen many complaints from faithful Digg users about bloggers and spammers, so my suggestions to you would be to follow Wikipedia and add “nofollow” code to all external links from Digg. And see whether this experiment improves the quality of Digg submissions or not. One never knows, perhaps Digg would cease its existence because it’ll loose the main value for article submissions – getting the traffic.

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  1. I did not know that. I have one of my posts linked by Wikipedia and I see a pretty nice amount of traffic coming from there. I was surprised, as I did not imagine that my article was so important for the community. It’s true that it was original, with original photos, and the topic was quite unusual: an ice hotel re-built each year in Romania’s mountains. http://www.alltipsandtricks.co.....balea-lac/

  2. ibit

    That’s a really nice ice hotel. We also have an ice hotel here in Canada, Quebec, it’s pretty amazing – http://www.icehotel-canada.com/

  3. Hey, I like your hotel in Quebec. It’s funny, it seems to be sponsored by Heineken. Our hotel is sponsored by Ciuc, a local beer brand. As if we needed to drink beer at that temperature! :)

  4. ibit

    Well, the beer tastes best when it’s cold – at least you don’t need a fridge in the ice hotel :-)

  1. Anonymous

    No more link baiting with Wikipedia…

    Read about Wikipedia’s solution to end spam. Would Digg follow the same path?…

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